UGA to graduate approximately 5,400 in spring Commencement ceremonies by The Red and BlackMay 07, 2012 “The University will confer degrees on an estimated 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students at the spring Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 11. Nathan Deal
About 1,150 candidates for master’s, doctoral and specialist in education degrees will be eligible to participate in the ceremony for graduate students at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Friday evening, approximately 4,250 students will be eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees at the undergraduate ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the Commencement address for the undergraduate ceremony. As Georgia’s 82nd governor, Deal has a long career in law and politics. He attended Mercer University in Macon, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees with honors. His career includes 23 years in private law practice, and his public service includes work as a criminal prosecutor, a juvenile court judge, 12 years in the state Senate and nine terms in the U.S. Congress. While in the Senate, he was elected president pro tem, the highest-ranking senator. In Congress, he served as chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee on health, and was considered an expert on health care issues and a leader in immigration reform.
Peter McDonald of Decatur will provide the undergraduate student address. A member of the Honors Program, McDonald was a UGA Presidential Scholar and a recipient of the Honors International Scholarship. In addition, he was a recent member of Leadership UGA; a Grady Ambassador, chosen to represent the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at various events; a student judge for the Peabody Awards; a student volunteer at NewSource 15; and the director of Case Administration for the University Judiciary. Last summer, McDonald studied journalism at Phnom Penh in Cambodia. After graduation, he will work with Teach For America for two years.
Twenty seniors who maintained perfect 4.0 grade point averages during their academic career will be recognized as First Honor Graduates. A fireworks show will conclude the undergraduate Commencement ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony, the UGA Alumni Association will distribute bottles of cold water for those waiting to take photos of their graduates at the university’s Arch at the historic entrance into campus. Lindsay R. Boring, director of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in southwest Georgia, will speak at the graduate Commencement exercise earlier that morning. As director, Boring leads the conservation, research and educational programs of the Ecological Research Center, which is sponsored by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. An alumnus of UGA, Boring’s personal research interests include topics in forest ecology related to forest management, such as fire ecology, productivity and biogeochemical cycles. He has published more than 40 journal articles, advised graduate students, served on 50 graduate advisory committees, served on numerous conservation and research advisory boards, and is a member of the UGA Graduate School Board. He currently serves on the graduate faculty of the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. The university has developed a new Commencement website, which offers complete details on related graduation activities being hosted by UGA’s various colleges and schools, inclement weather plans, and other information pertinent for graduates, their families and persons interested in attending the ceremonies. The site is www.commencement.uga.edu.”
University no longer a bargain by The Red and BlackApr 26, 2012 “Students may be paying for average quality as opposed to the “great value” that is generally bestowed on the University.
Graphic by Ilya Polyakov
Tom Jackson, vice president of public affairs, said the University has become “average” in terms of the value it offers students compared with the amount paid in tuition.
“We’re still about average in tuition in southern public research universities and about in the middle of the Southern Education Board rankings,” he said.
This year, the University was ranked No. 6 on Kiplinger’s Best Value in Public Colleges for in-state value and No. 8 on Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges lists. Last year, the University was ranked No. 8 on Kiplinger’s list, but was placed at No. 4 in 2008, prior to tuition increases. The drop on the lists reflects the increased tuition rates over the past three years.
The University is usually ranked toward the top of top 10 of “best values” in the nation, Jackson said, but with steadytuition increases over the past three years combined with the decrease in the HOPE Scholarship, it’s become more or less middle-of-the-road.
In the past three years, tuition has increased by more than 60 percent and it has been projected that the HOPE reserves will be depleted by 2013. This year, tuition at the University increased by 5 percent, while other universities governed by the Board of Regents received increases between 2.5 and 6 percent.
“We used to be the least expensive — only the University of Florida was below us, but with the tuition increases within the past decade, we’ve climbed up to the middle of the pack,” he said. “We are still a good deal on a national scale, and HOPE is still among the strongest [scholarships] in the country.”
When comparing the University to its 12 peer institutions, it ranks 5th highest in terms of undergraduate in-state tuitioncosts with $8,182, according to the Southern Regional Educational Board, an organization which works with educators in the Southeast to improve K-12 and higher education. The University’s tuition places it just above the average of $7,649.
In fiscal year 2008, the University ranked 10th with $4,496 for tuition, which was below the average of all the peer institutions of $5,534. The following school year, tuition increases occurred. The University has moved up to No. 6 highest tuition among the flagship universities this year, but was No. 12 on the list four years ago. Though there is no indication as to whether or not the University will continue to rank lower on the “best value” lists, Jackson said he doesn’t think that will happen given who their peer institutions are.”
Crossword, April 20 by The Red and BlackApr 21, 2012 “ACROSS
1 Chow or collie
4 Tobacco-drying kiln
13 Strong desire
14 Longest river
15 French farewell
16 Fountain order
18 Martini & __; wine makers
22 DDE’s predecessor
23 More stupid
24 Barbie and Ken
26 Sign of a gas leak, often
29 Kitchen mixer
32 Turns over
36 Little miss
38 African nation
39 Easy gait
42 Vane direction
43 Bridal gown accessory
44 Lovers’ meeting
45 One-celled organism
47 Buck or doe
49 Weak & fragile
51 Uncommon occurrence
58 Neurotic impulse to steal
61 Prickly plants
64 __ it; made a mess of things
65 Made from a cereal grain
66 “How __ you!”
67 Swiss capital
69 Slip sideways on the road
70 “__ a Small World”
1 Operated a car
2 City in Utah
3 __ up; gets ready
4 Move __; progress
6 Bench board
8 Use Listerine
9 Wedding vow
10 Tall tale
11 “__ of the d’Urbervilles”
12 Clubs or hearts
20 Those born in early August
25 Procrastinator’s word
28 Inflexible; stiff
30 __ Benedict; breakfast order
32 Hopping insect
33 Rich soil
34 Legal phrase meaning “by the fact itself”
35 Falk or Finch
40 To no __; without results
44 Mine car
46 __ soda; cake ingredient
48 Wore away
52 Jewish leader
54 Bleacher levels
55 Sign of sleepiness
56 Flat-bottomed boat
57 Late Jack of TV
60 Hatcher or Garr
62 Caesar’s X Want the answers? Click here. Click here to download a pdf of today’s puzzle.”
Gold medal amputee runner begins season in Athens by The Red and BlackApr 16, 2012 “The single fastest paraplegic to run the 100-meter dash in 2011 kicked off his season at the Spec Towns National Invitational on Saturday.
Jarryd Wallace, a native of Athens and former University student, became the fastest single amputee in the world for the 100-meter dash last year when he ran the race in 11.31 seconds at the U.S. Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a press release.
He beat defending champion Jerome Singleton’s time by 0.03 seconds, according to the release, and became a strong contender for the 2012 Paralympic games in London.
Wallace kicked off the 2012 trial season for these games by running the 100-meter dash in 11.99 seconds on Saturday. Although the race didn’t end quite as fast as it did in Guadalajara, Wallace enjoyed the experience, he said.
“I think as a runner you come out of a race and there’s always something you could do different or you could’ve done better. But for me today was more about having the opportunity to run for the first time [this season],” Wallace told The Red & Black. “The crowd was just so awesome. There was great support behind me. I don’t think for me today was necessarily about the performance, but more about the opportunity to just be out there.”
Although Wallace would have liked a better 100-meter time, he said, he was pleased to tie his personal best time in the 200-meter race after running it in 24.02 seconds.
“It’s my best time,” he said. “I ran it last year later in the season; so that fact that I’m running it this early – I’m really really excited about that.”
Wallace has always run.
“Growing up, it was always something I did with my family,” Wallace said. “I just enjoy it. I think it’s a gift the Lord’s given me to do.”
Wallace began running competitively as a freshman at Oconee County High School. He went on to attend the University on a scholarship before he lost his right leg due to complications caused by compartment syndrome, according to the press release.
This condition occurs when compartments containing muscle tissues, nerves, and blood vessels come under extreme amounts of pressure due to swelling. Because the tissues surrounding the compartments are thick, any swelling will block blood flow to the compartments causing permanent injury to the muscles and the nerves, according to the U.S. National Library of Health online.
In Wallace’s case, the damage caused by swelling necessitated the amputation of his leg from the knee down. Less than a year after the amputation, Wallace became a member of the U.S. Paralympic track and field team, according to a press release.
For Wallace, never running again was not an option, he said.
“My slogan is: I run for Him. That’s what it’s about for me,” Wallace said. “I love the sport, I love the competition, I love the technical stuff about it – but for me it’s just an opportunity to run for the Lord and the possibilities he’s given me.”
The 2012 Paralympic trial season will eventually take Wallace to Indianapolis, where he will have to run a race 500 yards away from the hospital where his leg was amputated, publicist Nicole Foo told The Red & Black.
Still, Wallace remains optimistic about the coming season and feels as though he can beat his record setting 100-meter time. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that it’ll be able to happen,” he said. “As a matter of when – who knows? But we’ve been working hard and training hard, and I think that it’s definitely something we can accomplish.” Wallace hopes to attend the University once again after this season. He said he hopes to major in speech communications so that he can one day share his story with the world.”
Open Mic with Mike cancelled by The Red and BlackApr 05, 2012 “Students expecting to field questions to University President Michael Adams may have to wait for another time.
Open Mic with Mike, scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m., was cancelled after Adams became sick, said Tom Jackson, vice president for public affairs.
Hosted by the Student Government Association, the forum allows University students to pick Adams’ brain about the ongoings of the institution. Past discussions have included tuition hikes, the HOPE Scholarship program and recently the exceptionally large freshman class. The forum will be held at a later date.”
University staff member victim of Taco Stand identify fraud by The Red and BlackApr 05, 2012 “A University Office of Student Financial Aid staff member was notified by Athens First Bank “of several fraudulent transactions on her account,” according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report.
Her Visa debit card had been used in a total of six transactions, of which five were declined. The sixth charged $3.68 to her account from a 7/11 in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to the report.
The victim had her card cancelled and filed an affidavit with the bank to have the charge reversed.
The report notes “the common denominator that exists between this incident and other recent identity fraud cases, is that the victim had used her debit card at the Taco Stand in downtown Athens.”
The Red & Black reported four University Business Services employees filed reports of financial transaction card fraud March 26 after their Bank of America debit cards had been used without authorization, according to University Police reports.
Two-sport prospect Dobbs intrigued by Georgia football team, Diamond Dogs by The Red and BlackMar 08, 2012 “Most of the nation’s top recruiting service websites have pegged Joshua Dobbs of Alpharetta High School as one of the state’s top dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2013 recruiting class.
But Dobbs doesn’t necessarily agree with the billing that has been bestowed upon him.
“A lot of places have said that I’m a dual-threat quarterback, but I feel like I’m more of a pro-style quarterback,” Dobbs told The Red & Black. “I rely on my arm and am really good at picking apart defenses and moving the ball down the field — but I’m also able to tuck the ball down and run.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Dobbs did more than his fair share of picking apart opposing defenses this past fall, as he led all Georgia high school quarterbacks in passing yardage last season with 3,113 yards.
The offensive prowess that Dobbs displayed in his first season under center at Alpharetta has caught the attention of many college football coaches across the country, including Georgia’s Mark Richt, who is considering Dobbs as an option to run his pro-style offense in the future.
“In January, Coach Richt came by to see me in my school and talked with me,” Dobbs said. “[Coach Richt] said that they’ve been watching my film and were very impressed, and that they wanted to get me up to an upcoming junior day.”
Dobbs has been holding an early offer from Princeton since last year and has been in regular contact with Stanford, Florida, Clemson, Duke, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
Georgia — along with Boston College, North Carolina and Cal — have come on strong as of late, according to Dobbs.
Dobbs has listed Princeton and Stanford as his early favorites, but maintains that he is keeping his options open at this point.
“I’m willing to talk to any school that has an interest in me and that I have an interest in,” he said. “[Princeton and Stanford] were the schools that made the first contact with me. I visited those schools this past summer and I’ve had the heaviest dialogue with them throughout last football season.”
But figuring out where he wants to attend college is only part of the question — Dobbs is also a standout on the baseball diamond, starting at shortstop for Alpharetta’s baseball team.
He is holding an early scholarship offer in baseball from Duke, and is still considering which sport he wants to pursue playing collegiately.
Time permitting, he is also leaving the door open to being a two-sport athlete in college as well.
“Right now, I’m not really sure. My goal in high school is to play both sports and I know I’m able to do that,” Dobbs said. “But in college, it’s a little bit tougher, especially with the academic side and being able to handle both sports and manage the time wisely. I just want to play both sports as long as I can and when it comes time to make my decision, I want to play the sport that gives me the opportunity to play at the school of my choice.”
If he ends up choosing Georgia, Dobbs isn’t too sure as to whether he’ll be lining up in the backfield or roaming the infield for the Diamond Dogs.
In addition to speaking with Richt this winter, Dobbs has been keeping in contact with Georgia head baseball coach David Perno for the past year.
“I’ve played in front of Georgia scouts and went up to a baseball camp last summer. [Coach Perno] loved how I played the game and they want to get me up for their ‘Top Dawg Night’ baseball camp, and hopefully are going to get to see me this spring and summer,” he said.
As for football, Dobbs said he is planning to attend one of Georgia’s upcoming junior days later this spring and would like to visit a team practice during the spring football season. Dobbs has been unable to make the trip up to Athens for Georgia’s past two junior days because he was taking the ACT and SAT during those weekends.
Georgia’s combined success in the classrooms and on the playing fields has also played favorably in piquing Dobbs’ interest in the Bulldogs. For Dobbs, schools with with a strong academic pedigree will be a major factor in deciding where to attend college. “I’m looking for a school that has strong academics and that’s going to help me get a strong degree … and a school on the sports side that gives me the opportunity to compete and contribute,” he said. “I was really just impressed with [Georgia] overall from both the academic and athletic standpoints. I love how they’re not only competitive in the classroom but also how they compete in the best conference in the SEC and play against the best talent every day.””
Tight end Lynch ready for ‘opportunity to make a statement’ by The Red and BlackMar 07, 2012 “Tight end Arthur Lynch has been waiting for this preseason since his freshman year.
“Last year we had the luxury of having four guys in there that could play and had experience,” Lynch said about being at the top of the team’s depth chart for the first time this spring. “But now the truth is that I’m the only guy that has game experience out of the three [scholarship] tight ends.”
After waiting his turn behind Orson Charles and Aron White, tight end Arthur Lynch enters spring practice at the top of the depth chart at the position. KRISTY DENSMORE/Staff
Ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the country coming out of high school, Lynch had two catches for 17 yards while starting only one game his freshman year.
The frustration of “chasing a dream” without achieving results caused Lynch to consider the prospect of transferring.
“I promised myself I’d see the spring out and see where it goes. It had nothing to do with the coaches and nothing to do with the University of Georgia,” Lynch said, “but it was a position I was in where I was chasing a dream of both playing at the college level and getting a shot at the next level.”
And though the rising junior didn’t get many opportunities — redshirting his sophomore season while making no catches last season — Lynch remained at Georgia with the hopes of achieving his end-goal of playing professionally.
“I was able to see that I was benefiting from this put-on-pause on my career. I think after that redshirt year and going into spring, I realized I would have made a terrible decision by running away because I didn’t see instant gratification,” Lynch said.
Two years later, Lynch finally sees the door of opportunity opening up for him.
However, it came bittersweet for Lynch, who now is the team’s top tight end after incumbent starter Orson Charles declared for the NFL Draft.
“I didn’t want to influence [Charles] either way, but I felt like with the team we had coming back — we would have had a better team if Charles had stayed,” Lynch said. “I think the positive news from the combine and in interviews is an indication that he is ready. He’s handled it like an adult and I’m proud of him.”
But even though Lynch is happy for his teammate, he was also surprised by Charles’ decision.
“I was surprised a little bit, I thought he’d come back,” Lynch said, “but I know he didn’t do it out of greed or lust for the next level, but through a smart and rational decision.”
Lynch in the past has been known primarily as a blocker, which correlates to his low receiving stats to this point — 25 games played, two games started and only two catches for 17 yards.
But Lynch said he would rise up to the challenge of becoming a receiving threat as well as an effective blocker.
“It’s an opportunity to make the statement saying I’m not just the guy who can block,” Lynch said. “Obviously that’s my forte – that’s what has gotten me up to this point where I am today – but I’ve done a lot over the last six to eight months to trim down and be more flexible, be more quicker, faster and still maintain that strength.”
The pressure that comes with starting is something Lynch is definitely aware of.
“If anything, it’s added more pressure more than a sigh of relief,” Lynch said. “The whole time you work and all season long, and you try work as if you are the starter — it just adds more pressure to be that upperclassmen leader and help the younger guys move along.” But Lynch felt like he could successfully transition to this new level of responsibility in the same way other Georgia backups did in the wake of last season’s injuries and suspensions. “You look at guys who stepped in like [Mike] Gilliard, Christian Robinson and even Jarvis [Jones] who sat out all of last year and was an All-American in his first year playing,” Lynch said.”
Obama embodies the ‘snob’ through his words, actions by The Red and BlackMar 05, 2012 “Without my knowledge and mostly against my will, I have been co-opted over the last several months as Semantic Spin Doctor and Rhetorical Rodeo Clown for every gaffe made by the Republican presidential candidate field.
For a conservative as cynical about the Grand Ol’ Party as myself, and utterly convinced of its balls-shriveling impotency and electoral incompetence, this is an unenviable position. But the importance of elections cannot be denied, and so I go into this column prepared to bite the bullet.
The latest installment of campaign trail theatre centers on Rick Santorum, who said over the weekend that Obama was “a snob” for wanting “everybody in America to go to college” [“Rick Santorum Presses Culture War Attack,” The Washington Post, Feb. 26]. The rub of this quote comes from its causal assertion that if an individual wants everybody in America to go to college, that makes him a “snob.”
This, I think, is untrue: while I am by no means of the mind that everyone should attend college (mainly because it would precipitate a disastrous spree of defaults on student loan debt as everybody either flunked out or failed to find jobs with watered-down degrees), it is not inherently elitist or snobbish to disagree with me.
So sorry, Santorum, can’t help you there. You’re on your own with that one. What I would like to do is support Santorum’s conclusion that Obama is a “snob” because, apart from being a not-so-nice thing to say, the statement is true — it is evidenced by Obama’s words and actions.
According to that ultimate authority and arbiter of disputes, Google, a snob is a person of high social position “…who dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class;” alternately, snob is defined as “…a person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people.”
Obama does not fare well by those definitions. The best example of Obama’s snobbery fell into the Right’s lap on the campaign trail in 2008 in one brief, shining moment of soundbite clarity.
Peeved with his low-polling numbers among Rust Belt primary voters, Obama explained away opposition to his candidacy as the rearguard action of a dying, hateful breed: “And it’s not surprising then that they…” — those backwards, backwards plebes — “…get bitter,” he said, “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations” [“Obama Explains Why Some Small Town Pennsylvanians Are ‘Bitter,’’ ABC News, April 11, 2008].
Having already defamed two of the dearest aspects of bourgeois America (religion and guns — lots and lots of guns) by associating them with xenophobia and racism, Barry is not off to a good start. Taken together with his actions while in office, he’s practically redlining the Snob-O-Meter.
Progressive politics is predicated on the idea that a small cadre of elites who “know what’s best” should have considerable control over the daily lives and decision-making of everyone else. These paternalists believe “that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people,” except they go the extra mile and impose their tastes on the body politic.
So it is that Obama has raided the nation’s faculty clubs for his crack team of Czars, who routinely exceed their legislative and constitutional mandate in imposing new rules upon the American people; so it is that he has presided over a Congress that sought to ban consumer access to the incandescent light bulb, among other items; so it is that he signed into law a poorly vetted, thousand-page health care bill smothering businesses with regulation and religious institutions with mandates that violate their moral beliefs. Because hey, Leviathan knows best. This is snobbery of the first order, and it has no place in government. It doesn’t take a college degree — or a Universal College Mandate — to see that. — Blake Seitz is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas majoring in political science and public administration and policy”
Video gambling could save HOPE by The Red and BlackMar 02, 2012 “Counties may have the opportunity to vote on video gambling as a way to fund the HOPE Scholarship after a resolution passed Wednesday in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) submitted his resolution to on Tuesday, which would give counties the opportunity to decide whether or not they want video gambling machines to fund the HOPE Scholarship. Stephens said the resolution had nearly 60 signatures from both Republicans and Democrats.
Georgia is looking at many options to save HOPE, including the possibility of video gambling. Photo illustration by C.B. Schmelter/Staff
Stephens said the video gambling machines — which are expected to bring in between $300 and $800 million in lottery funds — will be in “entertainment centers” located in tourist areas such as Savannah and Atlanta.
“The idea is to put them in convention and tourist areas to give them something to do while visiting our state,” Stephens said.
According to a 2011 Study conducted by the Spectrum Gaming Group at the request of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, adding a casino in Atlanta containing 5,000 video gambling machines would generate $791.5 million in 2014, which would equal to about $434 per day. The study goes on to state if a casino with 2,500 video gambling stations were placed in both Savannah and Jekyll Island, $148 million would be generated in 2014 from both locations.
In fiscal year 2011, the GLC transferred more than $840 million to the HOPE Scholarship. Based on the study requested by the GLC, the video gambling stations would generate more than $930 million in 2014. If counties decide to approve the video gambling machines, this could help the corporation substantially, as it has been operating at less than 1 percent of lottery revenue since 2002.
There would be about 8,000 video gambling machines per entertainment center, but there would only be a few centers throughout the state, Stephens said. The machines wouldn’t be in stores because they compete with the lottery.
The proposal has reportedly received criticism from Gov. Nathan Deal, who according to spokesperson Sasha Dlugolenski, “does not comment on pending legislation.”
Deal’s outspoken view of the bill spawned the resolution as it was expected that he’d veto the idea if it were presented as a bill.
“It’s just an urging resolution for the lottery committee to take into consideration for local control and for [citizens] to have it in the district,” he said.
Stephens said he has spoken with the GLC about putting the machines in place.
“They asked us for some policy direction to essentially tell them that we want them to move forward with this,” he said. “If we can pass a resolution, it’s an indication that we can move forward.”
Stephens said citizens would determine how the resolution is governed. “If a local authority, decides that they want it, it’s a local controlled issue and we should give them a right,” Stephens said. “There again lies the beauty of the resolution. It takes it out of the legislature’s hands and places it on the local jurisdiction.” The Georgia Senate will vote on the resolution at a later date, according to Stephens.”
Georgia not among states to raise minimum wage by The Red and BlackFeb 11, 2012 “Seventeen states will be raising their minimum wages in 2012, but Georgia will not be among them.
The state’s minimum wage remains $5.15 an hour — significantly below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
But according to the U.S. and Georgia Department of Labor websites , the federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies to all states except those that have already set higher rates.
Still, the minimum wage is not enough for some University students to pay all of their bills.
As 17 states are raising their minimum wage laws in 2012, Georgia's remain the same. ROBYN JOHNSON/Staff
Claire Collin a junior finance, international business and French major from Hoschton is working two jobs throughout the school year just so she can pay all of her expenses.
Collin works at Hollister and Chango’s Noodle House — formerly Doc Chey’s — in downtown Athens. She has been working at the restaurant since September.
“If I save, I have enough money to pay for utilities, rent and food. But usually I don’t have enough money. Right now, I have loans,” Collin said.
Gabby Bolton, a freshman psychology major from Alpharetta, also works for minimum wage.
She is employed by Sweet Peppers and Old Navy, where she has worked for a year.
“I had to take out a loan for the spring semester because I didn’t have enough money,” Bolton said.
Some occupations, such as jobs on small farms and in the service industry, are exempt from minimum wage. As Collin confirmed, waiters and waitresses can make as low as $2.13 an hour, as they are expected to make up the difference in tips.
Still, with more cuts pending to the HOPE Scholarship, rising tuition costs and a sustained economic downturn, many University students are having trouble paying for school. Bolton said that she had to take on another job in Athens to cover her many basic expenses.
“I pay all of my college tuition, my books, my living expenses and my groceries. I also have to pay for doctor visits,” Bolton said. “I had to take out the loan because I needed an extra $4,000 for this semester.” If the state decided to raise their minimum wage over the national requirement, Collin said it would help her out a lot, but there are no publicized proposals for the minimum wage in Georgia to be increased. “I guess people think that [workers] can survive on [the minimum wage] right now,” Collin said.”
UGA Athletic Board Approves Facility Upgrades by The Red and BlackFeb 08, 2012 “ATHENS, Ga.—Three facility funding requests totaling $3.83 million were approved Wednesday at the quarterly meeting University of Georgia Athletic Board of Directors.
The largest of plans is a scoreboard control room located on the southeast club level corner within Sanford Stadium. From this location, all video boards in Georgia’s athletic facilities can be operated without having to lease or move HD equipment from venue to venue. At a projected cost of $2.6 million, a HD control room would provide the ability to produce live programming, produce special events and shoulder programming for television and digital distribution.
The Rankin Smith Academic Center will also see a renovation to its Callaway Room at an estimated price of $750,000. Originally designed as a banquet or large study hall, the Callaway Room will be broken off into rooms to allow for a more individualized study and counseling place. The room will be able to hold approximately 200 more one-on-one and small group sessions per week.
Lastly, the South Side SkySuites in Sanford Stadium will be upgraded with new furniture before the start of the 2012 football season. Opened in 1994 with no major furniture upgrades since, the new furniture will address the functionality of the space while maximizing seating and viewing opportunities. To furnish the original 30 suites will cost around $480,000.
“The thing that will really affect the student-athletes the most is obviously the Rankin Smith Center,” said Athletic Director Greg McGarity. “Activity in that building is going on six days a week. It’s already used so much, and this just adds to the ability to service our student-athletes. The others are more geared to the fan experience, as far as suite holders that are paying significant dollars and that is like upgrading your house. We are going to have to do that every 10 years, and the time has come to do that. The other makes our operations more effective and efficient. We don’t have to rent equipment anymore. We have our own studio. It is going to be endless the ways it will help us and the University too.” Also presented to the board was an academic report by Faculty Athletics Representative David Shipley. Shipley announced Georgia’s nominees for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship. Cross country runner J.P. Hackney and swimmer Wendy Trott serve as the McWhorter nominees while volleyball’s Kathleen Gates and football’s Aron White are nominated for the latter. Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services Ted White provided more insight into Georgia student-athlete academics while Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Jim Booz highlighted recent NCAA legislation. The auditor’s report was also presented to the members.”
Class of 2013 outside linebacker Mustafaa ‘likes getting sacks’ by The Red and BlackFeb 09, 2012 “Naim Mustafaa didn’t have a typical Georgia football fan upbringing, as his father Najee played for in-state rival Georgia Tech while his brother Charles played for Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky.
But that didn’t stop the 6-foot-4, 235-pound, Alpharetta native from rooting for the Bulldogs throughout his childhood.
“I’ve always been a big Georgia fan,” Mustafaa told to The Red & Black. “I’ve always dreamed of getting an offer from a school like Georgia. I grew up watching them and all their players. Kiante Tripp, he played with my brother [in high school] and I looked up to him as a player.”
Mustafaa’s dream came true after Georgia decided to offer him a scholarship, joining Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others.
As much of a Georgia fan Mustafaa is, the Bulldogs coaching staff has become equally admiring of Mustafaa.
“I’ve talked to Mark Richt, the d-coordinator [Todd Grantham], the d-line coach [Rodney Gardner] and about five other coaches,” Mustafaa said. “I’ve talked with Coach Richt maybe twice. He came up to the school once, and I talked to him over the phone twice, he’s made a pretty good impression. He tells me I’m one of the top recruits next year and he really likes me.”
The Bulldogs are recruiting Mustafaa at what he refers to as “that outside linebacker position,” or where Jarvis Jones resides in the 3-4 scheme.
Jones, who could depart for the NFL following the upcoming season, led the SEC in sacks last year, after racking up 13.5 as well as 19.5 tackles for loss.
Mustafaa let it be known that the potential to play the outside linebacker position in Georgia’s defense is very intriguing.
“I watch Georgia a lot, so I see that as a position I’ve always wanted to play,” he said. “That sounds pretty good to me you know, to get a lot of sacks.”
Despite the early interest in Georgia, Mustafaa wants to keep a level head with a year to go until he has to sign his letter-of-intent.
He attributes his father — who played in the NFL for seven seasons at safety — as the primary reason for him taking things slow.
“He tells me to be patient, don’t make a decision off of emotion right now because it’s so early,” Mustafaa said. “He says to take all of my visits, and then make my decision.”
His father’s former school, Georgia Tech, has also come calling for the younger Mustafaa recently, and it may be an interesting battle between the two in-state rivals.
“I just got off the phone with coach [Paul] Johnson at Georgia Tech… I’ve met him a few times and I like him,” Mustafaa said. “I’m just going to take a visit to Georgia Tech, and then take a visit to Athens, and I should have my mind made up on which one I like better.”
That doesn’t mean Mustafaa is likely to choose between the two for his services, as he is sure to garner more offers as the recruiting process picks up steam.
One factor that could give one school a significant advantage over others is the recruitment of his teammate and good friend, wide receiver Carlos Burse.
“Me and Carlos talk about playing together all the time,” Mustafaa said. “All the schools that talk to me talk to him and it goes vice-versa. We talk about that all the time, it would be preferably nice to do.”
Burse, who doesn’t hold a Georgia offer yet, is one of the state’s top wide receiver prospects, a huge area of need for the Bulldogs entering the new recruiting season.
Mustafaa, along with Burse, enjoyed a successful season at Alpharetta High School in 2010, after going 9-2 in Class AAAAA, Georgia’s highest classification, and winning a region championship.
Mustafaa totaled 50 tackles and eight sacks his junior season en route to being named all-area from his defensive end spot. But a new defensive coach, a position change and a new defensive system has Mustafaa eager to get his senior season underway. “I’m actually going to be playing outside linebacker this year half the time, so I’d like to see how I do at that,” he said. “We run the same defense as Georgia now. I’d like to get more sacks. I like getting sacks.””
REACH Scholarship ready to aid ‘at-risk’ students by The Red and BlackFeb 09, 2012 “Private funds are in place for the new REACH Scholarship announced by Gov. Nathan Deal.
AT&T has already donated $250,000, though fundraising for the scholarship is still in progress.
“There will be more fundraising activities,” said Tracey Ireland, director of the postsecondary student and school services division of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. “We are very thrilled and fortunate for the donation that allows the program to start up right away. We will be seeking those donations large and small in the future.”
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has planned the new REACH Scholarship to help students get through college. Organizations such as AT&T have raised money for the new scholarship. FILE/The Red & Black
“Governor Deal announced the program as one of his initiatives in the state of the state address,” Ireland said. ”This program has been in the works for months.”
The program will be piloted in Douglas, Rabun and Bulloch counties. Twenty-five students will be chosen in total. More districts are to join after the first year.
The first from those counties to receive the scholarship will be rising eighth-grade students, who could make their ways to the University as freshmen in 2017.
At that point, the HOPE scholarship is projected to be giving less than what students contribute to their University tuition based on a trend The Red & Black reported in its Jan. 12 issue.
“REACH is separate from HOPE and not connected in any way,” Ireland said. “It can be used with HOPE, student loans, or any other financial [aid] the student may be awarded.”
The scholarship is characterized by a contract signed by the student and his or her parents.
The contract outlines a specific plan for the student, which requires the student to maintain a 2.5 GPA, an attendance quota, meetings with a mentor and evasion of trouble and crime until they graduate high school. Parents must pledge to keep their children in line with the specifications outlined in the contract.
“The framers think the mentoring side will be very important,” Ireland said. “The students to be targeted or awarded are at-risk students — students who may want to pursue higher education but may not have the financial ability. They are more likely to need mentoring.”
If a student adheres to the program, he or she will receive a yearly, renewable amount of $2,500.
This amount is projected to cover the gap between tuition and other need-based offers already present for students, such as the Pell Grant.
Taylor Brown, a junior painting and drawing major from Atlanta, said she would have enjoyed having the scholarship to offset the amount she pays to come to the University. “Even with HOPE, there’s still a big gap,” she said. “Every little bit counts for me.” Florida implemented a similar plan in 1995 and has been able to help more than 16,000 children through the scholarship, according to an article written by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The program now has over $109 million in assets.”
Fox continuing to struggle keeping top Georgia prospects in-state by The Red and BlackFeb 08, 2012 “If you were caught up in all the drama that led up to National Signing Day last Wednesday and haven’t had a chance to follow up on Georgia basketball recruiting, don’t sweat it — you haven’t missed much.
Here’s what’s happened so far:
After securing three commitments from in-state prospects on the first day of the early national signing period in November, Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox and his staff have faltered and are struggling to round out their 2012 recruiting class.
As Mark Fox continues his coaching career at Georgia, he continues to have problems keeping big name recruits in the state. FILE/The Red & Black
The class looked to be off to a promising start when Fox was able to land commitments from guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines late in the summer.
Mann, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound point guard out of Milton High School in Alpharetta and Gaines, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard out of Whitefield Academy in Smyrna appear to be the backcourt of the future for Georgia with seniors Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson set to depart after the season.
Fox was then able to follow up the commitments from Mann and Gaines by signing Brandon Morris of Miller Grove High School in Lithonia — he committed to the Bulldogs after taking an unofficial visit this past September. Morris — a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward — may add depth out on the perimeter next season for a Georgia team that is lacking fire power off the bench.
But what has been most alarming thus far about Fox’s recruiting efforts is his inability to sign a legitimate post player.
In fact, Fox has whiffed on two of the state’s top big man prospects in Robert Carter and William “Shaq” Goodwin. Carter and Goodwin are both ranked among the nation’s top 25 prospects for the 2012 recruiting class and had both expressed high interest in Georgia this summer.
Carter, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound five-star center out of Shiloh High School in Snellville, ended up signing with Georgia Tech while Goodwin, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound four-star power forward out of Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur opted to go out of state and signed with Memphis.
Losing out on Carter and Goodwin is particularly discouraging for Fox, because both were arguably the two biggest targets for Georgia heading into 2012.
After losing Barnes, Price and Thompkins following last season, Fox knew he had to find more help for what was going to be a thin frontcourt. Carter and Goodwin were two big-name prospects that seemed to be within reach for the Dogs.
The loss didn’t speak well for Fox’s recruiting efforts, as the pair weren’t even swayed enough to wait for National Signing Day on April 11.
Carter took an official visit to Athens on Oct. 15 and said Fox told him that he was his No. 1 priority, but that wasn’t enough to persuade the big man to commit to the Bulldogs.
The following weekend, Carter took an official visit to Tech and committed to the Yellow Jackets within the week.
Apparently Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory had scheduled Carter’s visit to coincide with the visits of his two other 2012 commitments, North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton forward Marcus Hunt.
Together, the three made a big-time effort to sell Carter on being a part of the future at Tech, and it appeared to have worked.
If Fox is struggling to recruit against a Georgia Tech program that is in complete disarray right now, then the future doesn’t look too bright when it comes to battling it out for the state’s top talent.
Goodwin was rumored as a Georgia lean this past summer, and his mom was even on record for saying that she wanted him to stay close to home.
Goodwin had hinted he was going to wait until April to announce where he would sign, and had Georgia in his top five. But after taking an official visit to Memphis in mid-October, Goodwin opted to commit to the Tigers shortly thereafter without even taking an official visit to Georgia.
Fox had been recruiting Goodwin ever since he arrived in Athens, but it seemed like he was out-hustled by Memphis head coach Josh Pastner.
In late September, Fox had visited Goodwin at his high school and spoke at length with him about the possibility of seeing immediate playing time at Georgia, but apparently the meeting was unbeknownst to Goodwin’s mother and she wasn’t very happy that she didn’t have a chance to meet Fox.
Pastner, however, made two trips to visit Goodwin the following week.
He first met with Goodwin at his school and then made an in-home visit and met with his mother.
UCLA coach Ben Howland also made an in-home visit to meet with Goodwin and his mother that same week as well.
Fox has proven that he’s great when it comes to Xs and Os, but the jury is still out on his ability to recruit.
During his five seasons at Nevada, Fox was unable to land a commitment from a player who had higher than a three-star rating.
If he hopes to consistently have a program that sits atop of the SEC, then he is going to have to land the star recruits on a more consistent basis. It was easy to get by in the WAC coaching up the players he had, but he is not playing the schedule of a mid-major anymore.
Since losing out on Carter and Goodwin, Fox has turned his attention to Charles Mitchell.
Mitchell — a 6-foot-8, 250-pound four-star center out of Wheeler High School in Marietta — is regarded as the best uncommitted big man prospect in the state. He’s not as refined as Carter offensively and he’s not as athletic as Goodwin, but he is a great rebounder and a phenomenal team defender. Mitchell is believed to be between Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee and Maryland.
But this isn’t the first year that Fox has had trouble rounding out his recruiting classes while in Athens.
In 2010, it took the resignation of Oliver Purnell at Clemson to land Fox’s most coveted commit in Marcus Thornton.
Thornton was a long-time Clemson commit, and even signed with the Tigers during the early national signing period — but he was released from his national letter-of-intent only after Purnell left for DePaul.
Last season’s biggest commitment was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who always wanted to stay in-state but appeared to have always been a Georgia Tech lean.
He didn’t sign with the Bulldogs until after Paul Hewitt was fired and Tech had over-signed amidst their coaching change.
Fox has lucked out late the past couple of years, but things aren’t looking so bright right now for his 2012 class. He has one more scholarship to offer and has to find a true big man to go along with Mann, Gaines and Morris. If he fails to sign Mitchell or another quality big and continues to struggle in the recruiting realm, then the Mark Fox era may be coming to an end sooner rather than later.”
HOPE’s bidding is nothing new by The Red and BlackFeb 09, 2012 “Here we go again.
Last week, the Georgia Senate filed bills to amend the requirements of both the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships — with the eventual hope of instituting an income gap.
The usual move, sought with the intention of preserving the founding, floundering state-funded scholarships, brought the usual wave of indignation.
Indeed, even across campus and Athens, I heard people all a-flutter: they squawked, and they screamed and they wanted someone — anyone! everyone! — to listen to them tell of the story of how HOPE died.
But I don’t care, not really. And neither should you — at least not like this, with pinched faces and loud, angry words. What is there to be said, after all, that warrants it? The cent-tightening crunch has been felt around the state for months.
But time goes on and other educational issues arise — like the safety of city campuses, like Georgia Tech, or the long-term cause-and-effects of underage drinking in college towns — and still we obsess.
Tuition will increase! State-sponsored free money will decrease! Exclamation marks! Woe!
We get it: the Lottery isn’t making any more money, and the HOPE Scholarship is running out of money and soon — soon — students will be fighting one another for just a little money. I get it.
But as the state Senate debates, I wonder: when will people run out of things to say about how HOPE is running out?
HOPE is and has been a problem, and it will continue to be one. But it has not suddenly gotten worse, and there have been no sudden, much-worse revelations. When there are new problems — as there was earlier this year, with the announcement that HOPE’s ability to pay tuition would drop drastically in the next few fiscal years — there is also good coverage and good, pertinent discussion of the events: what they mean and how we can understand them.
But this isn’t that.
This is just this: a pebble rolling slowly down a hill toward someone blind enough to call it a boulder.
— Adam Carlson is a senior from Hiram majoring in magazines and film studies ”
Pinky promise? Univ. President Adams states his goals in the 2012 State of the University address by The Red and BlackFeb 07, 2012 “• Increase salaries
“Second, we must-absolutely must-have help on faculty and staff salaries. I have made the case in Atlanta to the point that some members of the legislature turn away when they see me coming — but I chase them down. They need to know that we have lost ground to our peer institutions, our aspirational institutions and our competitors, both domestic and global. And when UGA loses ground, Georgia loses ground, and none of us can afford that.”
• Double endowed faculty positions
“Our most pressing need is a significant infusion of current and endowed funds to support faculty positions, with an equal commitment to student scholarships and fellowships. I am proud that over the past 15 years we have moved from 92 endowed positions to 219, but that is not enough. In fact, we could use twice that many.”
• Request full legislative funding
“While I am sympathetic to the legislature in its efforts to prioritize the allocation of scarce resources, another year without funding the formula will do significant damage to UGA and the system as a whole. I assure you that we will play strong defense to protect that effort throughout the legislative session. When the increase in the formula was not funded at all last year, it meant the loss of some $15 million at UGA. That pattern is clearly not sustainable.”
• Increase alumni donations
“As successful as we have been, we need yet more help from our alumni — now 280,000 strong, with thousands added each year — and friends.”
Adams identified a need for increased on-campus housing.
“We are facing increasing concerns largely caused by the continued growth in our student body, at a time when our last residential construction was completed in 1969.”
In the first State of the University address, Adams speaks about a need for more residential housing. This is a promise that was repeated in later speeches and accomplished throughout the next 14 years.
He proposed major changes to the administration, adding three senior vice president positions of academic affairs and provost, finance and external affairs.
“I want an administrative structure that is team-based, non-paternalistic, understandable and efficient.”
Today these positions are still around filled by Jere Morehead, Tim Burgess and Tom Landrum, respectively.
Adams said he wanted to see an increase in the number of students studying abroad as part of a liberal arts education.
“I am told that the current number at UGA is about 2 percent, and I would like to see us aim for 10 percent of each undergraduate graduating class having a residential foreign experience by the first couple of years of the 21st century.”
In 1999, Adams announced the first residential year-round program in Oxford, England. In 2007, Adams once again mentions study abroad with more than 25 percent of students going.
ZELL B. MILLER LEARNING CENTER:
Adams highlighted plans already in progress for the creation of the Miller Learning Center.
“This facility, projected to cost about $43 million, will incorporate the most advanced technological innovations for classrooms, library access and teaching, as well as space for student gatherings,” he said. “This center will be a marvelous asset for our students and will be a model for instructional excellence for the state.”
In 2003, the Miller Learning Center opened with a an electronic library and about 2,400 new classroom seats.
Adams announced a proposal for several new schools to improve the University’s academic reach. These included a School of Public Policy, a College of Ecology and Environmental Science, a College of Communications to include speech therapy, rhetorical studies and a College of Fine Arts.
Though today we have the School of Public and International Affairs, the Odum School of Ecology, the University has yet to house its own “College of Communications” and “College of Fine Arts.”
Today, these studies are part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Adams announced the construction of additional arts buildings in East Campus.
“Those three projects will complete quite nicely the East Campus arts complex and be of benefit to both on- and off-campus constituencies.”
The University expanded the Georgia Museum of Art, constructed a new facility for the Lamar Dodd School of Art and built a facility for our theater and dance programs.
Adams announces a push to increase the numbers of graduate students enrolled at the University by 1,200 over a decade to reach approximately one-fourth of the student body.
“Another area of focus is the need for more and better graduate students. No university can aspire to the ranks of the elite institutions without a commitment to graduate education,” he said
By 2010, graduate students made up about 20 percent of the student body — 5 percent less than Adams promised.
Adams announced plans to increase the academic rigor at the University following a 2003 National Survey of Student Engagement, which found University students spent less time studying and produced fewer papers than students at peer and aspirational schools.
“This university needs to be a place of even greater academic rigor where virtually all students accept the challenge of a full course load,” Adams said.
The University ranked as the No. 1 party school by Princeton Review in 2010, and bumped down to No. 2 in 2011.
Although a 2003 Supreme Court ruling made it difficult to have race as a factor in admissions, Adams said he would continue to recruit underrepresented groups.
“First is the issue of race. From my first day on this job to today, and probably tomorrow and well into the future, the issue of how to increase minority participation at the University of Georgia has been a pressing one.”
In 2010, The Education Trust ranked the University in last place for minority enrollment.
Adams made salaries a priority this year, in 2008 and once again in 2012.
“Despite all the progress at UGA over the past three to four years, one area where we have not made the progress we need to make is faculty and staff salaries.”
Due to a struggling economy, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a $31 million cut to Teaching program making Adams’ push to increase salaries unlikely.
TEMPORARY INSTITUTIONAL FEE:
Adams noted the $100 institutional fee would be a temporary cost to students.
“For the average student there was relatively little impact from the budget crisis in 2008. The imposition of a $100 temporary student fee does require our students to assist with the management of this situation as we have been asking faculty and staff to do at, frankly, a greater level.”
In 2012, not only is the fee still around, but it more than doubled to — $450 per semester.
Adams said he would implement a $3 green fee for the establishment of the Office of Sustainability. “I began this speech with the idea of conservation — conservation of financial resources, conservation of mission, conservation of natural resources,” Adams said. The fee has provided for more than the office. In 2011, it funded grants for students to create projects that would make the University a greener campus — including recycling and water bottle fillers inside the Miller Learning Center, among others.”
Senate Democrats propose new HOPE rules by The Red and BlackFeb 04, 2012 “Ten years ago, the HOPE Scholarship began with an income cap — and it may soon have another one.
Three new bills proposed by the Georgia State Senate Democrats last week would overhaul HOPE and the Zell Miller Scholarship.
If the bills are passed, HOPE will convert to a need-based program, and the GPA requirements will be eliminated. Only students whose families make less than $140,000 a year will be eligible to receive HOPE awards — akin to the $66,000 income cap HOPE started out with in 1993.
Students protested at the Arch last year after HOPE underwent dramatic changes. This year, the program may once again have new rules. File/The Red & Black
Sean Hicks, a sophomore economics, international affairs and history major from Roswell, said he is not sure whether or not the income cap will affect him, but thinks it will make affording college more difficult for students above the cap.
Senator Emanuel Jones, who helped sponsor the bills, said they will go to the Higher Education Committee for voting sometime within the next week, although he was unable to provide the exact date. If passed, the changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.
According to the proposed amendment, one bill will “eliminate the minimum grade point average requirement for maintaining eligibility for a HOPE grant.”
Senator Steve Henson, also a sponsor of the bills, said HOPE would continue to be partially merit-based, requiring students to maintain a 3.0 average.
Henson said the income cap is a necessary step in order to continue providing students with some form of the HOPE Scholarship.
“We have to pick one of two options: either decrease the amount HOPE recipients get or make it means tested so some people will still get 100 percent of their tuition covered,” Henson said. “As it stands, by 2016 it will pay less than half of a college education.”
In its first year, HOPE awards amounted to $21.4 million. The amount of money students received from HOPE increased each year, reaching $748.1 million in 2010, according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission’s website.
Program funding has been unable to keep up with the increases in tuition and the growing number of students receiving aid, Henson said.
Hicks said he thinks if these bills are passed, fewer students might decide to go to school in Georgia.
“The original point of HOPE was to keep students in the top percentage of their classes in Georgia,” Hicks said.
The bills will also change the Zell Miller Scholarship qualifications, making the award available to the top 3 percent of students in their high school’s graduating class. Zell Miller is only awarded to students with both a 3.7 GPA and 1200 SAT score.
Jones said he does not believe the current qualifiers are the best indicator of success in college, and the changes will give students throughout Georgia an equal opportunity to receive the scholarship.
“Kids from the rural and urban areas don’t have the resources to do as well,” Jones said. “That’s why I support the top 3 percent.”
Henson said the current requirements have created an unfair distribution of award recipients within the state.
“Right now the Zell Miller Scholarship is overwhelmingly white and much more metro-based,” Henson said. “It’s not geographically spread out in the state, and it’s concentrated very heavily in certain areas.” Jones said he supported similar changes last year, but the proposals were turned down by the Senate. “I think the government is open to different suggestions on how to help these programs now,” Jones said.”
Board of Regents at fault for loss of Chester Brown by The Red and BlackJan 30, 2012 “In what has become one of the most controversial football recruiting stories to date, former Georgia football commitment Chester Brown was denied enrollment into the University in the wake of a policy that was created in Oct. 2010 following the Jessica Colotl issue at Kennesaw State University.
Colotl, a senior at the time, was arrested for driving without a license.
After officials discovered she was an undocumented immigrant originally from Mexico, she faced deportation back to her native country [“Jessica Colotl, Kennesaw State Student, Becomes A Reluctant Symbol Of The Immigration Debate,” The Huffington Post, May 11, 2011].
Colotl was not deported, however, and she graduated from KSU in the spring of 2011.
The policy that led to Brown’s denial — written by the Georgia Board of Regents — states that “an undocumented student can’t take the seat of an otherwise academically qualified Georgia resident who has been turned away because of capacity constraints.”
In a country that is founded upon freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, this policy is an absolute embarrassment to me.
Brown, born to Samoan parents, moved from Samoa to Long Beach, Calif., in the mid-1990s because of financial difficulties.
The family proceeded to move to Hinesville, Ga., in 2004, citing gang violence as the primary reason for their move [“Commit follows improbable road to Georgia,” Dawgpost.com, Aug. 26, 2011].
But these immigrants are here to just take “true” Americans’ jobs and tax money, right?
Let’s forget about the fact that Brown had parents who cared enough to get him away from the constant violence surrounding them.
Brown’s father told Dawgpost.com that “a lot of kids that were Samoans and his age were shot and killed” [“Bulldogs lose 2012 commitment,” Jan. 23].
Let’s forget that Brown indeed earned his football scholarship to Georgia.
He had to excel not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well. He is rumored to have had a 3.4 GPA heading into this semester, and already had the necessary SAT scores to be enrolled this fall.
And let’s forget that Brown has resided in the U.S. since he was 2 years old and has lived in the U.S. for a total of 16 years — basically his entire life.
It’s a tragedy that a kid has to suffer for something his parents did for the betterment of his future nearly two decades ago.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Brown said him not being allowed into to attend the University has “hurt me personally. Georgia was a place I told everyone was my home” [“OL Chester Brown de-commits from UGA for unknown reasons,” Jan. 23].
According to the Georgia Board of Regents it’s not, and that’s a travesty in itself.
— Justin Johnson is a senior from Fayetteville majoring in magazines”
Academic dishonesty highest since 2000 by The Red and BlackJan 26, 2012 “The number of reported academic dishonesty cases reached an all-time high in fall 2011.
A total of 224 students were reported for possible incidents of academic dishonesty last semester — 52 more than in fall 2010 and the highest since the policy was created 12 years ago.
Debbie Bell, coordinator of academic honesty, said she had never seen numbers this high but could not pinpoint the cause of the increase.
Debbie Bell, coordinator of academic honesty, said the increase of dishonesty cases could be due to better reporting from teachers. Evan Stichler/Staff
“I would like to think that there isn’t more cheating going on,” Bell said. “I would like to think that faculty, graduate students and students themselves are taking the policy more seriously.”
Bell said she receives reports of cheating for both undergraduate and graduate students and was not sure if the increase of incoming freshmen last year contributed to the spike.
The breakdown of the statistics for fall 2011 will be in the annual academic honesty report for 2011-12, available at the end of the year.
Bell said she is unsure as to whether or not an increased number of incidents will be reported again this semester.
Academic Honesty Council member Win Blair, a senior consumer economics major from Commerce, said he does not think the high numbers will be indicative of a future trend.
“It’s probably just a cycle. I imagine the numbers will change as the student body continues to change,” Blair said. “It’s just a random occurrence.”
Bell said she thinks faculty may simply be reporting more incidents than in the past.
“We are doing a much better job talking to graduate students and faculty members about the policy,” she said.
Honesty violations can be classified under five categories: plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, lying/tampering, theft and other. Bell said the majority of cases fall into the plagiarism or unauthorized assistance.
For the 2010-11 academic year, 45 percent of cases were classified as plagiarism and 72 percent as unauthorized assistance.
Students found copying answers from another student’s paper or working together on an exam would be in violation of unauthorized assistance.
Yet some students do not even realize what they are doing could be considered a violation of the policy, Bell said.
“Our policy says that all work is to be individual unless the instructor has said it’s OK to work with another student,” she said. “A lot of times, students think just the opposite — that it’s OK to work together unless the instructor specifically says it’s not.”
Bell said she is willing to talk to professors for students who want clarification.
“Our policy covers even unintentional violations,” Bell said. “I do see a lot of those, where students truly thought that what they were doing was OK. Asking questions can never hurt.”
Bell said some departments reported more honesty violations than others, although she would not specify which ones.
Management Information Systems professor Janine Aronson said she thinks many academic honesty violations are detected in MIS classes because the use of technology makes it easier to find cheaters.
“I wouldn’t call it a problem in the department,” Aronson said. “We have an automated system that can detect cheating.” Aronson said she suspects one of the contributing factors to the increase in reports is faculty awareness. “There might be more cases of students trying to raise their grades and keep the HOPE scholarship,” she said. “Faculty might just be getting better at detecting it.””
Bills filed in Georgia Senate call for income cap on HOPE, Zell Miller scholarships by The Red and BlackJan 24, 2012 “Two bills were filed by the Georgia Senate today requesting amendments to the requirements for HOPE and the Zell Miller scholarships, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Senate bill wants to reinstate an income cap of $140,000 for students to receive HOPE under Senate Bill 336 and eliminate the SAT requirement for the Zell Miller Scholarship under Senate Bill 334. The bill, according to the AJC, will automatically allow students in the top 3 percent of their class to qualify for the scholarship also under Senate Bill 334.
Students applying to technical college would no longer have to maintain a GPA requirement to receive grant money under the Senate Bill 335. Return to redandblack.com for more updates. ”
Drug testing the impoverished won’t fix poverty by The Red and BlackJan 25, 2012 “During times of economic hardship, there is an unfortunate tendency to blame poverty on the moral failings of the poor while ignoring structural causes such as economic downturn or low-wage jobs.
An example of this is a wave of new bills being introduced in Georgia. They would require random drug testing of recipients of unemployment benefits and of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps.
One version of the bill would even require all beneficiaries to pay for their own drug tests, according to the Athens Banner-Herald [“More Bills Would Require Drug Tests for State Benefits,” Jan. 10].
It is understandable that people do not want to see their tax dollars funding drug use. But are random drug tests of the poor really a sensible policy?
All Americans, regardless of their income level, receive government assistance of some kind. So why single out food stamp and unemployment recipients for random drug screenings?
If lawmakers’ concern is with the use of tax dollars to subsidize drug use, where do they draw the line?
Should we start drug testing every college student who receives the HOPE scholarship, Pell Grants or federally subsidized loans?
Should homeowners be forced to take a urine test before receiving a home mortgage interest deduction?
Should we require Grandma and Grandpa to get a toxicology screen before they cash their Social Security checks?
Supporters of drug testing often frame their arguments in terms of personal responsibility. They say the poor should spend their time and resources looking for a job, not using drugs.
If only it were that simple.
Georgia now has a 9.7 percent unemployment rate, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
This means there are more people seeking jobs than there are positions available. Drugs or no drugs, it would be impossible for all people on unemployment to simply find jobs that do not exist.
The food stamps program also requires beneficiaries to either work or enroll in job training programs. Exceptions are made for children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Nonetheless, 30 percent of SNAP recipients are employed, and 41 percent live in a household with earnings, according to a 2011 United States Department of Agriculture report.
The problem isn’t that people on food stamps aren’t working. The problem is that the jobs they have are not paying them the wages they deserve or providing them the benefits they need to survive.
This explains why 47 percent of all food stamps recipients are children. If Georgia starts drug testing households that receive SNAP benefits, there is a distinct possibility that children will go hungry if one of their parents tests positive on a drug test.
In a society as wealthy as the United States, the sight of starving children is unacceptable. It is our responsibility to provide for the nutritional needs of children regardless of the actions of their parents.
Of course, drugs are illegal, and nobody wants to see children raised in unstable home environments. But is it really the government’s business what an adult puts into their body in the privacy of their own home?
After all, people are far more likely to abuse legal drugs, such as alcohol or tobacco, than they are illegal ones.
Marijuana is non-habit-forming and less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes, yet the former would disqualify a person from government benefits while the latter would not.
Let us not forget drugs are but one of many addicting recreational activities that may keep a person from improving their station in life.
People waste countless precious hours every week watching TV, playing video games, shopping and attending sporting events. Should we test for these addicting recreational behaviors as well?
Television could be a far more serious impediment to job seeking than marijuana for some people.
This is not to deny that drugs can be dangerous and addictive. But people will find ways to continue using drugs whether they receive unemployment checks or not.
Cutting off a substance abuser’s benefits will drive them even further into poverty, increasing their feelings of desperation and helplessness and thus exacerbating their drug problem.
Four decades of “getting tough on drugs” has failed to stop drug use. Kicking people out in the cold will only compound their suffering needlessly.
The right to food, shelter and a decent standard of living should never be taken away.
Lawmakers should help the impoverished improve their situation rather than punish them for their personal decisions.
— Jonathan Rich is a senior from Alpharetta majoring in sociology”
Students fall on faith in face of choices, struggles by The Red and BlackJan 22, 2012 “Editor’s note: What role does religion play in a college student’s life? Between beer and bus rides and other b-things, where is God? Senior reporter Tiffany Stevens investigates, in part one of an ongoing series.
For Anna Beth Havenar, life after graduation is in someone else’s hands.
Outside of classes, the sophomore linguistics major from Statesboro studies Arabic, participates in CURO research on Arab cultures and is part of the Arab Cultural Association. But despite such focus, Havenar isn’t mapping out a career path. Where she ends up and how she gets there is not her decision to make.
“I don’t take control of anything,” she said. “I just sit back and it always works out. The Lord’s plans are always better than mine. I try to put my hands on everything and it just screws up.”
Among some Christian communities on campus, Havenar’s situation is not unusual. She’s one of many students who say prayers, not preferences, shape their path to graduation. For these students, faith influences every decision — down to what classes they take and whether they study abroad.
Philip Ian, a junior linguistics major from Kennesaw, said his faith in God led him not only to his major, but toward a potential missionary career.
“I have a heart for the Middle East and Muslims and reaching out and showing them the truth of who Christ is,” he said. “It’s not something that I’ve always had in mind. But I strongly believe that it was really God who led me in those directions. He conforms our desires to what His are.”
Conforming desires, for Ian, means employing known strengths while waiting for a divine sign. And sometimes, that waiting leads to sorrow as well as joy.
“My grandfather passed away this Christmas break,” he said. “And after [The 2012 Passion Conference,] I found out that the Critical Language Scholarship, a program that I applied to back in November that funds study abroad trips to the Middle East to learn a year’s worth of Arabic in one summer … rejected me. But I was talking to my mom and she said, ‘Your granddad would have wanted you to go and he has left you quite a significant inheritance and we have enough to send you to Morocco this summer.’”
Having that experience — suffering while gaining — isn’t something to be kept private for Ian. It is, instead, a concrete way to share personal religious revelations.
“One of the guys in my Arabic class, he also applied for the CLS and I congratulated him and told him I didn’t get accepted,” Ian said. “He said, ‘I’m sorry to hear that’ and I was like, ‘That’s okay, because God has done this amazing thing in my life.’”
The divine is in the details.
For Christian students whose faith leads their lives, scholarship applications, major changes, class registrations and life missions all receive their season of prayer. Determining the answer to potential life decisions doesn’t just hinge on individual prayer. Receiving divine word often depends on the prayers of friends and fellow churchgoers as well.
“Everything is about prayer,” Havenar said. “When you have other people praying for you it’s just incredible. It makes us so much closer than we would be otherwise.”
In some cases, students dedicate weeks or even semesters to pray about what direction to take after graduation.
Natalie Jahnke, a senior from Augusta majoring in early childhood education, said she will be interning at Wesley for a year after graduation to focus on her faith.
“It’s good to build that foundation,” she said. “It’s just a solid year, no school. I think it really breaks a lot of mind barriers with yourself, negative thoughts about yourself or negative thoughts about God.”
But internal barriers aren’t always the only ones student work on breaking.
Although many say community among other students of faith is essential, they also say it can lead to being cut off from non-believers on campus — to being stuck in what some call the “Christian bubble.”
“You can’t pour out unless you’re being poured into,” Havenar said. “I spend so much time with Wesley and I do leadership with the freshman thing and I hang out with people from Wesley and [Baptist Collegiate Ministers] and Phi Slam and church. It’s hard to balance.”
Finding that balance is essential for many students with faith-centered priorities, especially for Christian students for whom sharing their faith is a major tenant.
“The whole point of being a Christian is to tell others about God,” Jahnke said. “But I think it’s easy to fall into that because it’s easy to be lazy or whatever.”
But when interactions with others present a potential hazard to religious personal growth, the urge to build faith can come into conflict with the need to share it.
“My freshman year I was assigned to room with someone random and I looked up on their Facebook and saw that he was a really devout Muslim,” Ian said. “That was a really tough decision for me because I was like, ‘I can witness to this guy.’ But at the same time I was like, ‘I’m going to be living with him and I need to come home to a place where I can be raised up.’”
For some, becoming comfortable with people outside the Christian faith can mean a season of isolation. Many students say this is especially true when first entering the University, when so much in a student’s life becomes tumultuous and shifting.
“I feel like when I came into college, where I was in my faith I needed so much to be poured into,” said Hannah Ryden, a junior child and family development major from Newnan. “My freshman year it was me going to a lot of events and small groups and so in that way I was very much in a ‘Christian bubble.’ I avoided being around people who didn’t hold my same beliefs and values in that I knew that I was too weak to handle it. Now I’m seeing the importance of spending time with people and learning from people and loving people that don’t know the Lord and don’t have the same life experiences as I do.”
The Best-Laid Plans
Though Christian students who rely on faith-based guidance say the method is effective, sometimes the path it leads them down can be winding -— or even derailed.
Ryden, who spent much of her college career preparing for the University’s Child Life program, has had to revise her plans after being rejected. However, the rejection, while disappointing, was received with a sense of peace rather than puzzlement.
“Recently I’ve been reading a lot about and hearing a lot about how huge of a problem human trafficking is throughout the world, even in the U.S,” she said. “The Lord has put little things in my life since high school reminding me that human trafficking was a problem. I still love the Child Life profession, but I realize it’s not what I’m cut out for because I realized right now there’s more pressing needs that I can be a part of.”
However, asking for divine intervention means having to accept loss or deterrence as part of God’s plans.
However, accepting loss or deterrence also means accepting God.
“I’m taking steps actively toward my future and when I applied to Child Life, where I feel like I could have been a blessing to people, I was like, ‘Lord, if you don’t want me here, then just shut the door,’” Ryden said. “If I had gotten in I would have taken that as a sign of ‘Go for it.’”
Though this could add anxiety to the process of applying for programs and scholarships, students say it just encourages them to rely on their faith more.
“Sometimes I’ll apply for something and wait around and seek and pray and be like, ‘Lord, do you want me to do this? Is this what you want?’” Havenar said. “He has a way of showing me. Either I don’t get it or I get two options and then I pray into that.”
Havenar is in the middle of that process, as she waits to see whether she will be able to participate in a program called Café 1040, which sends students to countries that are comprised by largely non-Christian faiths.
“It’s an organization that puts you in a country where being Christian is illegal,” she said. “You learn how to survive and you learn how to love on people when you can’t say the name of Jesus.” Each path or potential future that fails is just another move closer to the life these students believe God has in store for them. “God puts something in our life, but you don’t just passively accept it,” Ian said. “You take it. You go after it. If that’s what our sole desire is. God will provide the means.””
Sugar Babies making a sound financial decision by The Red and BlackJan 15, 2012 “I like to call Athens “Never, Never Land.”
It’s a magical city surrounded by fantastic music, impeccable cuisine and an eclectic population. But most importantly, Athens houses one of the most historically fascinating schools in the country.
The University, which started out as one of the first land grant colleges in the South, has now evolved into a school most recognized for its work hard, play harder environment.
And after the Princeton Review named it the No. 1 party school in 2010, the University population has continued to live up to its name. Last year, college football blogs such as The Bleacher Report named it the No. 1 postgame school as well.
We may not win every game between the hedges, but we sure as hell never lose a party.
So when I saw that the University is now the No. 2 sugar baby school in the country, I was not shocked in the least bit [“University adds 155 sugar babies, second after NYU,” Jan. 13].
Living up to the reputation for being over-the-top is expected and something to be proud of. The University might as well be proud of breeding sugar babies, too.
The women on the University campus are extremely intelligent, highly resourceful and clever. They qualified for admission into one of the most competitive schools in the country. These girls understand that they might exploit a sexual relationship for the benefits of monetary security.
Consider shows like “Millionaire Matchmaker” which incorporate the same concept — pairing wealthy, successful men with younger women. They exhibit how extremely smart and driven men often lack dating skills.
But unlike many of the women on reality television, the women at the University are smart and attractive. Those traits alone are what the men seeking sugar babies might crave — companionship as well as brains.
And the fact remains that school is expensive. Living is expensive. Having a social life is expensive.
To be able to keep up with all of these costs is extremely difficult, especially in a tough economy. Gone are the days of some fabulous, cushy paid internship. In order to even get a job out of college without going to grad school, an internship is not a suggestion — it is a requirement.
I, for one, have only had two paid internships out of the eight I’ve completed. Considering the hours I put in and the minimum wage I could have received at some less prestigious job, I cringe at money I spent on transportation and food during those unpaid days.
But I know the experience I have gives me an advantage. I have real-world knowledge, not solely classroom information.
The girls who have signed up to be Sugar Babies may not be as driven and focused as I am. Or maybe they are, but if they feel that completing school could only be accomplished with some financial stresses being removed, I applaud them.
They want to get a college degree and are not letting something as simple as money get in the way of it. They are not killing their future credit with outrageous student loans and credit card bills. They are not giving up a degree from a prestigious university due to high expenses.
They exhibit ingenuity, an extremely important quality in everyday life after college.
Yes, the stigma surrounding the Sugar Baby lifestyle is generally frowned upon. But the girls who have enough personality and bravery to even consider trying a site such as SeekingArrangement.com should be respected for making the choice to not go into debt.
— Chelsea Hanson is a senior from Houston, Texas majoring in advertising”
UGA ranks sixth among best values in public education by The Red and BlackJan 05, 2012 “A new survey ranks the University sixth among the best values in public education.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s annual poll , released Tuesday, has UGA moving up two spots from last year. Kiplinger wrote that UGA “knocks the average price down to $10,288 for students who qualify for need-based aid, and it keeps the average debt at graduation to a moderate $15,938. Virtually all the in-state freshmen at UGA benefit from the Hope scholarship, which covers about $3,182 per semester (about a third of the total tuition and fees).” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill was the top-ranked college for the 11th year in a row, followed by University of Florida, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary and New College of Florida. Georgia Tech was 31st. “The total cost of private colleges has recently averaged almost $39,000 a year, more than twice the average annual in-state sticker price – roughly $17,000 – at public schools,” Kiplinger wrote in its release. “A third of the public schools on Kiplinger’s top-100 list charge about the same as or less than that average amount, an indication of the emphasis Kiplinger’s places on affordability. Plus, the deals aren’t restricted to in-state students.””
Richt’s generosity enhances image despite minor violations by The Red and BlackDec 21, 2011 “Just when you thought Mark Richt’s image couldn’t get any cleaner, he one-upped himself on Tuesday.
Thanks to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s open records report, the world learned that Georgia’s head football coach paid three staff members out of his own pocket after he felt the school had not compensated them properly.
And for this devious act, the NCAA deemed that Richt had violated bylaw 184.108.40.206 — a secondary violation — which deals with supplemental pay to staff members.
Those staffers — former recruiting assistant Charlie Cantor, former linebackers coach John Jancek and director of player development John Eason — were paid out-of-pocket by Richt, in an account that is separate from the one he keeps for his family’s household expenses.
Why the “Giving Account,” of course.
Cantor, Jancek and Eason weren’t the only people around the Bulldogs who were recipients of the “Giving Account,” either.
In Dec. 2009, given the “difficult economic conditions being experienced by the University,” the athletic department decided not to pay “bowl bonuses” to non-coach staff members.
So, Richt being Richt, he paid the 10 non-staffers himself, to the tune of $15,227.
But what might surprise some is that the payments made to the non-staff members did not go against any NCAA rules, simply because the athletic department knew about it in advance.
For those that say Richt should have just given the money to the athletic department or the school to distribute to his three staff members, I’d say go to the good ol’ NCAA bylaws again.
As bylaw 220.127.116.11 reads, “It would be permissible for an outside source to donate funds to the institution to be used as determined by the institution, and it would be permissible for the institution, at its sole discretion, to use such funds to pay or supplement a staff member’s salary.”
That means there is no guarantee the money would ever end up where it was originally earmarked to go.
Richt paid his staff members for just that reason — he felt he was doing the right thing and wanted to make sure it ended up in the right hands.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity admitted as much in his report to the NCAA, where he wrote that “the University believes Coach Richt acted out of a generous heart and certainly without any intent to violate NCAA rules.”
That didn’t mean much to the University, however.
The school was so moved by Richt’s benevolence that it sent letters of admonishment to him and the three former staffers who accepted his money.
Georgia wasn’t done committing minor secondary violations, though, as the AJC story noted that the Bulldogs committed two other egregious offenses.
One was providing two free meals to Tyriq Gurley, the 5-year-old brother of highly-touted 2012 running back prospect Todd Gurley, last month.
The cost of the meals was $21.33, and the Gurley family reimbursed Georgia for the expense.
The other violation was even more heinous.
On a recruiting visit to an unnamed high school in May of 2010, Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham signed in at the school’s front office.
As he walked down the hallway to find the school’s football coach, he coincidentally ran into the player he was there to recruit, who talked with the defensive coordinator as he led Grantham to the coach’s office.
This despicable act did not go unpunished by the long arm of the NCAA, which ruled that Grantham violated two different bylaws regarding contact with a prospect during a non-contact period.
Grantham was reprimanded, as he was ordered to attend a two-day rules seminar next summer, as well as having the football staff’s evaluation days next spring cut from 168 to 158.
Ironically, the AJC’s article detailing Georgia’s small, secondary violations surfaced on the same day that the NCAA announced its punishment for the Ohio State football program, which committed major rule infractions under former head coach Jim Tressel.
The NCAA slapped the Buckeyes with a one-year bowl ban and stripped them of four additional scholarships beyond the five they had already self-imposed.
Ohio State should be happy that’s all it got, though, especially when compared to what the NCAA did to Southern California in June of 2010, which received a two-year bowl ban and had 30 scholarships taken away after the dreaded “lack of institutional control” label was attached to it.
That didn’t stop new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer from complaining, though, as he told The New York Times on Wednesday that the NCAA’s ruling felt like “a sucker punch that hit me right in the stomach.”
Would you like some cheese to go with that whine, Urban?
Meyer should take a cue from Richt on this one.
Keep your head down, agree with the punishment and move on.
And above all, stay classy.
If he does that, Meyer might one day find himself with an image that Richt already owns. An image that slight blemishes like minor secondary violations can’t tarnish. — Ryan Black is a football writer for The Red & Black”
Fulbright Program looking at cuts, future uncertain by The Red and BlackDec 21, 2011 “The future of the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Program is uncertain, after it has provided grants for hundreds of students and teachers to go abroad for study or research since 1946.
Although the budget for the fiscal year has yet to be determined by Congress, it is uncertain how much the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will allot to the Fulbright Program.
The program website stated Fulbright offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students and other academic professionals to study abroad for one academic year and many students from the University apply annually.
“This fall we have 68 applicants for the 2013 school year,” said Maria Avis De Rocher, a program coordinator with the University’s honors program. “We have every indication all of the full programming is in place.”
Even though De Rocher is optimistic, she said it is still unclear what will happen, and it depends on what the scale of the cuts will be.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Senate approved an increase in the bereau’s allocation, but the House of Representatives proposed a reduction. The Obama administration also sought to increase the budget for the bureau, but decrease the funding for the Fulbright Program.
“I’m not sure exactly how much they’re considering cutting—I’ve heard 1 million and I’ve heard 10 percent,” said Brinkley Warren, a recent University graduate. “I’m a Fulbright recipient in the field of interactive installation art, and so what concerns me the most is that budget cuts will reduce the amount of funding available to the more innovative projects such as mine that don’t fit nicely into a particular ‘research’ category.”
This is not the first time the Fulbright program has been put on the chopping block.
In 2011, the funding for Fulbright was reduced, but De Rocher said the decrease was later compensated by some countries stepping up and offering to contribute more money to the program.
The status of existing Fulbright students is not in trouble, it is the future students who are the concern.
“I would hope that any cuts to the program would serve to reduce redundant bureaucracy and help streamline Fulbright’s administrative processes rather than trickle down to reduce the number of scholarships available or the amount of stipends for students,” Warren said. “I can tell you having gone through the process that winning a Fulbright is great, but actually taking on the award is currently a very bureaucratic process which is why many students simply put the award on their resume but never actually take on the award and study in the host country.”
De Rocher said hopefully the program would not have to cut back on awards for the next year. She said over the years Fulbright has been pivotal in helping some graduate students complete their dissertations, as well as giving graduating seniors the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture. “Fulbright has been a primary player in developing our best students with eyes on international policies,” De Rocher said.”
UGA to hold fall Commencement exercises Friday by The Red and BlackDec 15, 2011 “Approximately 2,225 University students are eligible to receive degrees at the 2011 fall semester Commencement ceremonies Friday in Stegeman Coliseum.
Almost 1,720 students will be eligible to participate in the ceremony for undergraduates at 9:30 a.m. James H. Shepherd Jr., chairman of the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, will be the speaker. A 1973 UGA business graduate, Shepherd leads the country’s largest catastrophic care hospital, which specializes in the treatment of people with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, other neurological disorders and urological problems. A native of Atlanta, Shepherd experienced a near-fatal bodysurfing accident after graduating from UGA, which led to the founding of the Shepherd Center two years later.
Shepherd is chairman, CEO and treasurer of the Plant Improvement Co. and vice president of Shepherd Construction Co. Inc. He remains actively involved on a national level in advocating for people with disabilities.
During the ceremony, the university will award honorary degrees to Shepherd and his parents Alana and Harold for their philanthropic commitments and contributions to UGA and the state of Georgia.
Robert “Trey” Darnell Sinyard III of Athens will be the student speaker during the undergraduate exercises. Sinyard will receive dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and biochemistry and molecular biology.
During the undergraduate ceremony, two students will be recognized as First Honor Graduates for maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in all work attempted at UGA as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the university. They are biology and management major Russell Eric Holzgrefe of Tucker and early childhood education major Natasha Jane Liu of Alpharetta.
An estimated 506 candidates for master’s, doctoral and specialist in education degrees will be eligible to participate in the graduate ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Sylvia McCoy Hutchinson, a UGA professor emerita of reading education, will address the graduates and guests.
Hutchinson first arrived on the UGA campus as an undergraduate student in 1960. During the next 15 years, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in elementary education, and a Ph.D. in reading education at the university. After teaching at Southwest Texas State University for three years, Hutchinson returned to UGA as an assistant professor in 1978, where she remained until her retirement in 2002. During her tenure, she served as coordinator for a number of UGA faculty support and development programs, including postdoctoral teaching and peer consulting. Hutchinson continues to serve the university, working with the 20 Emeriti Scholars who mentor students in the Coca-Cola Foundation’s First Generation Scholarship program on campus. The mentors volunteer their time to help the first-generation students navigate the university system. In addition, she serves on boards of a variety of organizations, including the UGA Graduate Development program, the Education and Law Consortium, the Athens Tutorial Program and Georgia Voyager magazine. Because Commencement falls on a Friday, a routine UGA workday, some of the usual parking patterns on South Campus near the coliseum will be adjusted. The South Parking Deck (zone S-11) and Carlton Street Deck (zone S-15) will be open at no charge for visitors and guests attending Commencement. The Hoke Smith lot (S-12) and the Coverdell lot (S-16) will be reserved for handicapped guests with proper handicapped placards. The McPhaul Center lot (S-10) will be reserved for members of the Commencement platform party.”
Lottery underfunds HOPE two years running by The Red and BlackDec 08, 2011 “Even after cuts to the HOPE Scholarship and state pre-k program, officials expect 2012 expenses to outweigh contributions from the Georgia Lottery Corporation.
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget estimates 2012 operational costs for lottery-funded programs at approximately $934 million — about $100 million more than the GLC’s projected deposit. Amy Jacobs, the education division director for the office, said operational costs will not be finalized until the beginning of the year, and may change as the office receives more information from financial aid officials.
“Unfortunately the Governor’s Office doesn’t have any control over how much money [the GLC gives,]” Jacobs said. “What they’ve been telling us is that the economy is really hurting them and January’s snow storm really hurt them.”
The Lottery for Education Act, which allowed the GLC to form, was passed in 1992 and directed the lottery to give “as near as practical” 35 percent of its proceeds to educational programs, such as HOPE. However, the GLC has fallen short of the percentage mark since 1998.
Despite this shortfall, monetary contributions from the GLC have met or exceeded the Lottery for Education Account’s expenditures until 2010, when expenses rose to more than $1 billion. Since then, the program has incurred a deficit of approximately $200 million each year, according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission. This deficit and concern over the program’s future led the Georgia legislature to pass the HOPE bill in March, which decreased the amount the scholarship contributes to students.
However, these changes failed to bring expenses below the amount contributed by the lottery.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission estimates that if lottery deposits continue to not meet the Lottery for Education Account’s expenses, reserves will be depleted by 2013.
“The only thing we can do is change the HOPE award unless the Lottery Corps decides to give more money,” Jacobs said. “That’s unfortunate, because we don’t want to do that, but we can’t give more than we have.”
If the GLC had contributed 35 percent of its proceeds since 2000, the Lottery for Education Account would have received an additional $3.12 billion — enough to both meet account expenses and add to the program’s reserves.
In 2011, the GLC contributed 25.3 percent of its proceeds, which amounted to $846.1 million — the lowest percentage of proceeds given since the Lottery for Education Account’s creation. This fiscal year’s contribution was $37.63 million less than last year’s, and $11.76 million less than what would have been contributed if the GLC had given the same percentage as 2010.
It also marks the first time the GLC deposited both a smaller percentage of proceeds and a smaller dollar amount than the previous year — falling far below the $1.15 billion recommended by the Governor’s Office to meet operational expenses, Jacobs said.
Tandi Reddick, media relations manager for the GLC, said less was given because ticket sales decreased about $50 million between 2011 and 2010.
However, ticket sales in 2008 were about $70 million less than the $3.34 billion the GLC received in revenues this year. Despite lower revenue, the GLC contributed $14 million more than 2007. Additionally, in 2001, the GLC earned $120 million less than 2000, and deposited $8 million more than the previous year.
Reddick did not respond to questions about these past trends.
“Georgia law requires that the Georgia Lottery Corporation transfer 100 percent of net proceeds to the state treasury for credit to the Lottery for Education Account,” Reddick wrote in an e-mail to The Red & Black. “Net proceeds, as defined by the Lottery for Education Act, ‘means all revenue derived from the sale of lottery tickets … less operating expenses.’”
Operating expenses include employee salaries and benefits, contractor fees, retailer commissions and the percentage of proceeds dedicated to prizes and awards — all of which are determined by the GLC.
When asked why the GLC increased employee salaries and benefits from $13.84 million to $18.87 million even though ticket sales had declined, Reddick repeated that ticket sales decreased in 2011.
“The amount the Georgia Lottery transfers to the state for the Lottery for Education Account is determined by the law, which we previously referenced,” she wrote.
Prizes and awards comprised 63.5 percent in 2011 — the highest percentage allotted by the lottery so far. In a February 25 article by The Red & Black, lottery officials said higher payout percentages were necessary to bring in more proceeds. Kurt Freedlund, a senior vice president for the GLC, also told The Red & Black that the smaller contributions to the Lottery for Education Account were caused by an increase in popularity of “scratch-off” games.
An audit released in March by the Georgia Audit Operations Division found that the GLC contributed to the Lottery for Education Account approximately two percent less than the average for other state lotteries, which is 28 percent, according to a March 8 Red & Black article.
University President Michael Adams said that reforms to lottery contributions might not benefit HOPE in the long run.
“I really think we need to let the professionals run the lottery,” he said. “There was a time during the session when the legislature were threatening to deal with pay out ratios and what percentage ought to go where. I can only look at the 14 years now that I’ve been here that we’ve had the lottery and by all measures it is one of the best run if not the best run lottery in the country. I’m going to leave the distribution patterns to them.”
He also said that despite the projected deficit between operational costs and lottery contributions, students would most likely not see a large increase in tuition costs during the coming year.
“You won’t see in the near term the size of tuition increases we’ve seen in the last couple or three years,” Adams said. “We know we can’t go on at that level. But is it going to get any cheaper? I don’t think so.”
Percentage of Lottery Proceeds Transferred to the Lottery for Education Account
2010 …..26.1% 2011 …..25.3% Georgia Lottery Corporation audit”
SGA president finds balance in life’s races by The Red and BlackDec 08, 2011 “Mallory Davis runs.
From the minute her feet touch the floor each morning before the sun peaks over the horizon until she calls it a day at about 1 or 2 a.m. every night, she is on the move.
She runs the University’s Student Government Association as its president.
Mallory Davis typically starts her days off with a long run. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
She darts from her early morning classes to lunch dates with administrators to meetings with fellow members of SGA to appearances at events on campus.
She hops from one obligation to the next, trying her best to please everyone and rarely saying “no” along the way.
And she runs every morning to relieve the stress of being in a position closely watched by an entire campus. She throws on her running gear and puts in the ear buds of her iPod shuffle before pounding the pavement for 10 or 12 miles to clear her head.
“I think running is at one point her resting place,” said Kaitlin Miller, vice president of SGA. “Really it’s just an escape from everything. It’s just her and herself on the road, free, out of contact from anyone and able to push herself unrestricted by anything. That’s her own willpower. It’s utter independence and freedom.”
Bobby Sikes was on a return flight home from Italy when his niece was born.
He booked it to the hospital when his plane touched down in Atlanta to hold his sister’s daughter for the first time.
“She just always had a little special quality about her, I don’t know what it was,” Bobby said. “Just a little gleam in her eye.”
And a few years later, that “gleam” was paired with a head of curly hair on a little girl who found her work ethic before she knew how to spell those two words.
A 3-year-old Mallory would toddle from her preschool behind her grandmother and mother’s interior design shop in downtown Lawrenceville. Braids bouncing, loose baby hairs wisping in the wind, she would bust through the doors of Sikes & Davis Interiors, pick up a duster and get to work.
“My mom would look at me and say, ‘It’s time for y’all to go home,’” said Susan Davis, Mallory’s mother, with a laugh.
If she wasn’t playing hide and go seek with her older sister and brother — Meredith and Garrett — at the shop or brushing the dust off the various pieces of furniture on display, Mallory was outside.
Give her a good tree and she’ll show you how to climb to the highest point possible. Put her on a scooter and she’ll likely beat Garrett in a race down their street. She’ll double jump you on the trampoline and be the first one down the zip line at her neighbor Adam’s house. Stick her in a group of grimy, greasy boys and she’ll show you how to hold your own as the only girl, even if it takes her knocking one of them on his back because the kid was mistreating Garrett’s bicycle. And all of that was just in her neighborhood.
The 160-acre farm her grandparents Lindy and Nelly Davis owned in Hartwell was a whole other sprawl she worked and played on growing up. Her Paw Paw was renowned in the Southeast for breeding Simmental cattle. His farm had four lakes, a handful of chicken houses and barns and plenty of tractors. And a green machine Garrett and Mallory would take out for spins when old enough, coming back to the house after trying to get it as dirty as possible.
“We would come back and my Paw Paw would be like, ‘What the hell y’all been doin?!’” Mallory said with a laugh.
But it wasn’t all fun and games on the farm. Mallory and her siblings spent several weekends with their grandparents, pitching in with chores on the farm — chopping wood, cutting hay, mending fences and even helping deliver calves on occasion.
And Mallory’s work ethic just grew watching her Paw Paw bust his hump to keep up his farm. A need to stay busy was apparent early on and did not falter, as she has a knack for finding hobbies and interests to keep her on the move.
After watching “Space Jam,” Michael Jordan became her idol (she didn’t miss a Chicago Bulls game if it was on TV) and she began playing basketball. She played year-round from kindergarten through her senior year of high school, donning No. 23 at the point guard spot all the while.
The sport instilled in her a sense of discipline and perseverance — keep going even if you think your gas tank is teetering on empty.
“The work you’re putting in now will reap greater benefits in the long run,” she said of the lessons basketball taught her.
But don’t let her tough, tomboy exterior fool you.
When Mallory was a month old, she was hospitalized due to a bout of respiratory syncytial virus. Greg Davis, Mallory’s father, stayed by his baby girl’s side each night she was in the hospital, which Susan said created a special bond between the two.
“She’s a daddy’s girl for sure,” Susan said.
Growing up, Greg took Mallory to Burger King every Tuesday for their date night. After scarfing down their double cheeseburgers, they would wander through the electronics department at Wal-Mart and marvel at all the gadgets.
“I’m a geek,” Mallory said.
The two would log many hours in their basement, meticulously constructing model cars, her favorite being a red Ferrari she built once. They would watch “Star Wars” and “Galactic Quest.” His “methodical” way of doing things rubbed off on Mallory, as did his love for Georgia football and the University.
In church one morning, Mallory listened to seniors in high school announce they were going to attend Georgia. And at 7 years old, Mallory set a goal most her age wouldn’t set for themselves.
“From then it was like how can I position myself to get there,” Mallory said.
She graduated with honors from Grayson High School in the spring of 2009 and has since positioned herself advatageously at the University.
Her rise in SGA began with a spot in Freshman Forum before being elected as a Franklin College of Arts & Sciences senator, serving that term her sophomore year. After a nudge from several of her mentors, including former SGA president Josh Delaney, Mallory would eventually become SGA’s uncontested new president this spring.
She has grown from a tomboy who wasn’t always diligent about showering to a well-put together public figure who can wear a pencil skirt and blazer with the best of them. That’s her older sister Meredith’s influence. Meredith competed in pageants growing up, and Mallory would tag along, sometimes reluctantly. But those lessons in make-up and hair come in handy when Mallory has to ditch one of her many pairs of brightly colored Nike Air Maxes for a pair of high heels and her pearls.
But since stepping into the role of president, her busy schedule has caused some friction with her mother.
Before going home for Thanksgiving break, Mallory had not spent more than a few hours with her family in her hometown of Grayson since June. Her schedule simply did not allow that much time away. And family time is important to the Davises as well as Mallory herself.
“We have never had a fight up until this year where I felt like I couldn’t talk to [my mom],” Mallory said. “And the fight was actually a month ago, maybe like two or three weeks ago. She has always been my best friend. I don’t keep anything from her.”
Susan joked she has to make an appointment just to be penciled in on her daughter’s planner.
“I think sometimes I don’t really realize all she does because I’m not with her all the time,” Susan said. “I don’t know how she does what she does in her role as president and how she’s managed to keep the HOPE scholarship. That’s pretty amazing to me.”
‘Hell happened this summer’
An anonymous email sparked a chain of events that is simply referred to as “this summer.”
One afternoon in June, Mallory was standing in line at Gigi’s, waiting to purchase cupcakes for her sister’s birthday before jumping in the car to head home to Grayson.
Her adviser Ed Mirecki called.
An anonymous email with a photo of Mallory drinking had popped into the inboxes of several key people at the University, Mirecki told her.
She knew what the photo was before she saw it herself.
She knew it was a photo from her victory celebration after being elected SGA president.
“At that point, I started feeling sick,” Mallory said. “I thought I was gonna vomit. I got the cupcakes, I bought them and I went immediately down to the office.”
What ensued was several weeks full of phone conversations with her vice president, fellow SGAers, various University administrators and her adviser Mirecki, strategizing how to handle what had unfolded.
“It was just raw,” Miller said. “You just saw everything as it really was.”
As time passed and the situation took a toll on Mallory, she reached her breaking point one afternoon in the Tate II parking lot. And she was on the phone with Miller.
“All I remember was just being down in the parking lot screaming, crying, telling her, ‘I’m really sorry, I just can’t do this anymore,’” Mallory said. “I wanted to keep doing the job, but I could not emotionally at that point.”
Miller told Mallory she was better than a meltdown in a parking lot, better than the situation she was unexpectedly thrown into.
Mallory eventually shook off the thought of resigning. The last thing she wanted was more trouble for the organization she has poured her heart into since she was a freshman.
She took responsibility for violating the student code of conduct. She is on probation for the next year after signing an informal resolution agreement with the Office of Student Conduct.
“It really made me mad because it was so unnecessary, it was so unwarranted,” said her brother Garrett.
She filled her time by going to class, speaking at every orientation session and she picked up cooking to dull the loneliness, as two of her best friends — Belle Doss and Mallory O’Brien — were studying abroad and Miller was at home in Stone Mountain.
She continued work on Freshman Welcome, an event that took place the night before the fall semester started that saw 3,500 freshmen unite on the field in Sanford Stadium with top SGAers, University President Michael Adams and head football coach Mark Richt.
But what happened this summer fundamentally changed the way Mallory views people.
“It made me realize that people are evil, can be evil,” Mallory said. “And I am very naïve and so that was really hard to take … All I’m trying to do is make this a little bit better of a place. For someone to blatantly smear my name through the mud, it was really hard to take because I [was] very glass is half-full. After that I became kind of a glass half-empty about people and their ability to let you down.”
But on the other side of an event she will never forget, Mallory said she has grown. She learned another degree of accountability and how to handle herself in the midst of a crisis with the spotlight glaring in her face, with an entire campus watching.
“I just admired the way she handled herself in an honest way and not try to skirt around it and she was just very honest and open,” said Bobby, her uncle.
As the summer came to its conclusion, Mallory turned a corner as she watched the freshmen pour into Sanford Stadium. It reinvigorated her just in time for the fall semester.
“Having that come to fruition was kind of vindication that I am a good person,” Mallory said. “People have faith in me, people trust in me.”
She has found a sense of calm in what happened, finding strength and stability in how she handled herself.
“Nothing can surprise me,” Mallory said. “People can’t shock me anymore. You can’t rattle me anymore.”
Mallory, an English and speech communications double major, will likely not run for re-election, she told The Red & Black. But she doesn’t want to be completely detached from SGA in her final year at the University, saying she may be interested in helping reform Freshman Programs — if that becomes an option.
With her heart set on law school (she wants to practice environmental law), she will prepare for the LSAT and determine where she will go to law school (she would like to attend the School of Law at the University) her senior year. She said she will likely work in the Tate Student Center in some capacity and is contemplating adopting a puppy from a rescue shelter.
No matter what she decides to do, she wants to keep the pace she has had her whole life — running from place to place, up with the sun and to bed after an 18- or 19-hour day. But for now, she will continue to strap her running shoes on every morning. She will keep up the routine she has finely tuned in the last four months and move further and further away from the summer that changed her life. “Running is kind of like an extension of basketball and climbing trees and rollerblading,” Mallory said. “It’s what I can do here. It’s what I can do anywhere. Nothing soothes me. Nothing calms me, helps me collect my thoughts like running.””
University Council opposes Regents’ ban on undocumented students by The Red and BlackDec 01, 2011 “The University Council passed a resolution opposing the Board of Regents’ ban on undocumented students.
The Council approved the Franklin College Faculty Senate’s resolution against the ban – which was signed by 43 faculty members – and adopted the resolution as its own. There were objections to the wording, but little was changed from Franklin College’s original resolution.
There was overwhelming support for the resolution from Council members who spoke. One member said the ban punishes children for something their parents did.
But another member asked for the “other side of the story,” saying only supporters of the resolution spoke at the meeting.
About 85 students and non-students alike sat in the visitor’s section of the meeting. Many held up signs against the ban whenever someone supporting the resolution spoke.
Before the Council passed the resolution, the Student Government Association presented its own resolution passed in October. Logan Krusac, an SGA senator and officer of the resolution, said the Board of Regents’ policy is based on “misguided” ideas.
“Opposing this misguided ban will make the University of Georgia a better place,” Krusac said. “I think a statement from the University of Georgia will make waves not just in our state but in others.”
Eva Berlin, a sophomore from Dunwoody majoring in art history and romance languages, held a sign and smiled after the resolution was passed.
“I’m extremely excited politics didn’t win over what was just,” Berlin said.
Andrew Siegel, a junior from Sandy Springs majoring in advertising and psychology, said people shouldn’t be worried about paying taxes for undocumented students because they will work.
“It’s a relief,” Siegel said. “There’s really no justifiable reason why kids in the top of their class who will make a living for themselves should be the concern for people.” The resolution says the Board of Regents’ policy is a step back from allowing all students to compete for admission based on merit, violates the Regents’ principles of non-discrimination and burdens University System of Georgia institutions with political issues that affect a small percentage of the student population. Also during the meeting, Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction, held a presentation about the new Student and Financial Aid Information System, which will be an integrated place to look for information according to Jolly.”
UGA Honors student named 2012 Marshall Scholar by The Red and BlackNov 30, 2011 “University Honors student Matthew Sellers of Perry has been named one of 36 national recipients of the 2012 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He is the fifth UGA student to earn the award in the past decade and the sixth overall from the University. Matt Sellers
Sellers, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, plans to pursue a master of studies program in modern literature followed by a doctor of philosophy program in English language and literature at England’s Oxford University. He will graduate from UGA in May with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in history.
“The Marshall Scholarship furthers America’s bond with its oldest and most faithful ally, Great Britain, while also advancing UGA’s goal of internationalizing the student experience,” said University President Michael Adams. “It is a mark of quality that Matthew is the fifth UGA student to earn this opportunity in the past several years. I am very proud of him, and I know that he will represent UGA well.”
More than 1,000 students applied for the scholarship, which was established in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the U.S. for the assistance the U.K. received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Considered one of the highest academic honors American post-baccalaureate students can receive, the scholarships provide funding for up to three years of graduate study in any field at a university in the U.K.
“The Marshall Scholarship program helps to ensure an enduring and close relationship between the future leaders of the U.K. and the U.S.,” said British Consul General Annabelle Malins. “The roster of former Marshall Scholars reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of leaders from all walks of American life—from the top levels of the U.S. government to leading innovators such as Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn.”
While at UGA, Sellers has taken advantage of research, internship and travel opportunities to prepare for a teaching and research career in academia. He became interested in studying literature after completing a research project as a 2009 summer fellow with UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. Sellers focused on the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Penn Warren under the guidance of English professor Hugh Ruppersburg, who serves as interim dean of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Sellers’ summer project eventually evolved into his Honors thesis that he presented at this spring’s CURO undergraduate research symposium at UGA. He explored how Warren depicts populism and populist leaders in fiction and compared those representations to current grassroots political movements such as the Tea Party and Organizing for America.
Two Washington, D.C., internships influenced Sellers’ other interests in public policy research and development. Through UGA’s Honors in Washington program, he interned with the National Association of Counties in 2010. This past summer, he interned with the U.S. Department of Education, working on a new program that promotes sustainability and environmental education.
“I am thrilled to join a group of passionate, engaged scholars working in diverse fields but all committed to making the world a better place,” said Sellers. “Receiving the Marshall Scholarship is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the opportunities for personal, professional and intellectual growth it presents.” Sellers has served in several leadership roles with UGA’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a national student-run think tank. He also currently serves as operations manager for UGA’s Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, an online publication encompassing all disciplines. Sellers traveled to India and the United Kingdom through UGA’s Foundation Fellowship, the university’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. Last year, Sellers taught English and mathematics in a primary school in Tanzania. He also has been to France and Italy as a member of the UGA Chamber Choir in the Hodgson School of Music.”
Munson memorial service to be scheduled after Dec. 4 by The Red and BlackNov 21, 2011 “A memorial service for long-time Georgia football radio announcer Larry Munson will be held at a date yet to be determined; however, it will be after Dec. 4. In lieu of flowers, the Munson family requests that donations be made to the Noah Harris Cheerleading Scholarship. The endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a student-athlete on the cheerleading team who demonstrates outstanding character, leadership, and dedication to the athletic program and the community. The fund was established in 2006 in memory of 1st Lieutenant Noah Harris who was a cheerleader for UGA. Donation checks should be made payable to the UGA Foundation with the designation, Noah Harris Cheerleading Scholarship in memory of Larry Munson. They may be sent to the Georgia Bulldog Club, PO Box 1472, Athens, GA 30603.”
Freshman wide receiver Conley worked his way out of redshirting by The Red and BlackNov 17, 2011 “Utter the phrase “hard worker,” and Chris Conley’s name is likely not far behind.
Chris Conley avoided a redshirt with hard work. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
Whether it’s head coach Mark Richt, wide receivers coach Tony Ball or his teammates, all have taken note of the outstanding work ethic of the true freshman wideout.
“That’s the first thing I noticed about him when he got here in the summer,” linebacker Cornelius Washington said. “[It] was how fast he tried to get into a working position. He wanted to show guys he was going to pull his own weight.”
Conley has more than pulled his own weight recently, ranking as the team’s sixth-leading receiver with 10 receptions for 189 yards.
The lionshare of his production came in a breakout performance against New Mexico State two weeks ago, where he led the Bulldogs with 5 receptions and 126 receiving yards, which included a 47-yard touchdown catch.
Just five years ago, though, he had never played the sport in his life.
Influenced by those around him, Conley decided to give football a try in his freshman year at North Paulding High School in Dallas.
The only problem was, he knew nothing about the game.
“I didn’t even know what the positions were, so I couldn’t really ask anything,” he said. “I didn’t know the rules of football. I knew ‘touchdown’ and ‘interception.’ That was about it.”
Playing both ways — at wide receiver and linebacker, respectively — Conley admits he wasn’t good at either position.
During the summer between his freshman and sophomore years, though, things changed, after he remembered a word of advice from his mother.
“My mom would always tell me, ‘Do everything as unto Christ,’ and that really pushed me,” he said. “If I’m going to do something, I’m gonna be the best I can at it, even if the best I can is not really good. That pushed me just to work. “
With that newfound mindset, he approached his head coach, Heath Webb, with a question.
“I like, ‘Hey, I want to be good at this. Will you work with me?’” Conley said. “We literally worked every day that summer leading up to my sophomore season, in the morning or in the afternoon for a couple of hours, just trying to get better.”
His sophomore year went well enough that Georgia offered him a scholarship, even taking an official visit to campus where he got to meet the Bulldogs’ star receiver at the time, AJ Green.
“I met [him] in the weight room,” he said. “We’re pretty cool. We don’t talk all the time now, but we converse.”
Living in the immense shadow Green left is something Conley is aware of, and it motivates him every day.
“We really want to put our mark on the program and on the offense, but I think there is a little bit of playing with that chip on your shoulder because everybody expects you not to measure up to who came before you,” he said of himself and his fellow receivers. “A big thing with us is wanting to prove what we can do, who we are. We’re here for a reason, and we feel we can do great things together and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Even with his prep credentials, Conley arrived on campus without the promise of immediate playing time, as Sanders Commings recalled.
“He was going to get redshirted, and he wasn’t happy about it,” Commings said. “Coach Ball told him to work hard and show that he was capable and he did.”
And Conley said that is exactly the way it happened.
“I was more of a prospective, ‘we’re going to see how you work, see what happens’ kind of [guy],” he said. “I was just ready for anything. The opportunity that I’ve been given to contribute has been worthwhile. I love it.”
Conley could care less if he does not have great performances every game.
He just wants to see the team win regardless of who puts up the stats.
“Sometimes you have quiet games like last week, but as long as the offense is producing and doing great, I have no problem with that,” he said.
Part of putting up big stats is getting the ball thrown his way, and Conley could not be more happy playing with a quarterback in Aaron Murray who works every bit as hard as him.
“He really takes the offense on himself, whether it does great or it does bad, he takes it personally,” Conley said. “Another thing about him is his preparation. He does a lot of film study — hours of that. He meets with his coaches, he talks with each of the guys. ‘Hey, what are you seeing out there on the field? What are you going through? What’s open?’ He does a lot of things beyond what he has to that makes him great at what he does.”
Going beyond what is expected is just Conley’s nature, though.
He won’t stand for being complacent.
“You don’t want to get outworked, because you know there is someone in the country working hard, too,” he said. “In a couple of years, that’s going to matter a lot. There are going to be a lot of guys similar to you, and it’s those intangibles that are going to make [NFL] teams choose you.”
When it comes to life after a possible professional football career, Conley said he still wanted to stay around sports in some way.
“I really want to be a mentor,” he said. “Whether that’s in a coaching capacity or as a mentor to young men who are in athletics, I love working with people and talking with people. That comes easy to me. Down the road, I want to be someone who can give back.”
For now, he’s still a young receiver, with unlimited potential and a great work ethic. And given all the room Conley still has to grow, Ball said he could not think of another receiver who he could compare Conley to. “I hadn’t really thought about who he would remind me of, because he’s his own person,” he said. “He’s a receiver that is working to improve in his craft every day. Maybe a year from now I may be able to answer that. But right now, he’s Chris.””
THREE MINUTE INTERVIEW: Katherine Raczynski, David Watts Scholar by The Red and BlackNov 13, 2011 “All she’s asking is for a little respect.
University graduate student Katherine Raczynski was named a 2011 David Watts Scholar for her work in adolescent social development and bullying.
Raczynski talked to the Red & Black about becoming a David Watts Scholar.
Q: What exactly is a David Watts Scholar?
A: The David Watts Scholar is an annual award that is given out by the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, and is an award that is given to students in recognition of scholarship and service in the field of education.
Q: What sort of effort went into getting such an honor?
A: I believe it’s probably based on my record of research and service, in the field of education. I have been at the University of Georgia for a long time. I have two degrees from the University, I’ve worked on staffs and I’m now pursuing my third degree. I have a pretty long record with working with a group of researchers, and basically what we are looking at is adolescent social and academic development from middle school students through high school students. So out of that project,I was able to work with phenomenal professors and being able to work on that research team has given me a lot of opportunities in terms of publications, presentations at conferences and service to the community. As an example for the last three years, I have given a seminar for student teachers who are getting ready to graduate from the middle grades education program, right before they go into the field of teaching. I have been able to go and teach a seminar on the topic of bullying. Bullying and adolescent social development are the two topics that are close to my heart. I believe it was based on the strength and the depth of what I’ve been able to do in the last 10 years in those fields.
Q: What are your long-term plans? A: My passion is for research, especially with behavioral and psychological outcomes of children and adolescents. The idea of having a safe and positive school climate is really close to my heart. Particularly I’m interested in the prevention focus in terms of issues like bullying. It’s a lot easier to prevent problems from starting in the first place then to try to do something about it once it already has. A focus that we have had is on how we can make schools a positive and welcoming environment for everyone is expected to treat each other with respect. And also where students and teachers get the resources of support they need, in terms of interacting well with each other, learning and just having a safe and welcoming environment. So I would like to have a position at an university or an educational organization where I can continue to pursue those kinds of research questions, and also where I can be an active part and learn from the greater education community including elementary, middle and high schools and what’s going on there.”
Vince Dooley, leaders share tales of experience at Global LEAD Diplomacy Day by The Red and BlackNov 11, 2011 “Though the University’s rivalry with Auburn University will manifest itself during Saturday’s football game, Friday was all about diplomacy.
Former head football coach Vince Dooley spoke at Friday's Global LEAD Diplomacy Day. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
To go along with Better Relations Day — the Student Government Association’s program that pairs University student leaders with their War Eagle counterparts — Global LEAD hosted its third annual Diplomacy Day.
“We pick a game every year to do a big celebration to thank the leaders for what they do at their schools,” said Joanna Harbin, director of growth and development with Global LEAD.
The goal of these two programs is to promote conversation and collaboration between students who may be of rival schools.
“We want everyone to share the big ideas of what goes on at their campuses,” said Colleen Murphy, a public relations intern for Global LEAD. “It’s nice to see people working together even though everyone is excited for the big game.”
The students met in Sanford Stadium’s Letterman Club and were able to mingle with Auburn leaders and share their experiences of what it is like being a student at their respective universities. As an added bonus, attendees were allowed to walk onto the field and experience the stadium before gameday.
“It is just a really exciting thing because very few students have the opportunity to walk on the field before graduation,” Harbin said. “Between the hedges — that’s what it’s all about.”
Jason Hafford, a fifth-year broadcast major from Snellville, has served as an orientation leader and tour guide at the University. This event was his third time attending Diplomacy Day, and he said meeting and bonding with other leaders is a wonderful experience.
“Most of the time, we’re rivals,” he said. “But it’s good to meet similar people who you can network with in a friendly setting.”
For Liz Laski, scholarship committee chair with the Student-Alumni Association of Auburn, it means a lot to be able to meet other students in this type of atmosphere.
“Football is just something that happens on Saturdays, but we’re all going to be working together in the future,” she said.
Although this event was her first time participating in Diplomacy Day, Andrea Morris, director of recruitment for Dawg Camp, has seen firsthand the influence one university can have on another by sharing ideas.
“Our program is based off of [Tennessee Christian University]’s Frog Camp,” she said. “Then a student from the University of South Florida came and interned with Dawg Camp. He saw what we did and wanted to bring that back to his campus.”
In addition to meeting other campus leaders, students were able to meet Vince Dooley, former head football coach and athletic director at the University.
Dooley gave a history of the rivalry and encouraged students to continue their commitment to service, leadership and success.
“It has always been that the more you give, the more you get back,” he said. “Success can come in doing the best you can do, whatever it is you decide to do. If you decide to do something, do it well.” After the program, many students left with a feeling of accomplishment for what they do and excitement for what is to come. “It’s humbling to meet leaders, no matter where they’re from,” she said. “It definitely makes me want to do more.””
Boykin’s ‘baby face’ made for television by The Red and BlackNov 12, 2011 “Brandon Boykin dons the No. 2 jersey for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Brandon Boykin plays on both sides of the ball in his senior season. MICHAEL BARONE/Staff
Two happens to be a number that pops up in other areas of Boykin’s life as well.
His major — magazines — was his second choice.
Football was his second favorite sport growing up.
But despite neither being his original intention, Boykin intends to make the best out of both in the future.
‘He’s got that little baby face’
Boykin will graduate with a magazines degree he intends to put to other uses besides putting words to paper.
That being said, even though his degree is not in his preferred broadcast news, he feels that having something stamped with the Grady College seal is all that matters.
“I enjoy it,” he said of magazines. “It has a lot to give. It’s journalism, and that’s what I want to ultimately do. I feel like if you have a degree from Grady, you should be able to branch off into anything you want.”
And being in front of the camera is exactly where he wants to branch off to.
“ I want to transition from football — like [a lot of] other athletes do — to television but [many] don’t have a degree in it,” he said. “I felt like if I had a degree in it, it would be that much easier for me.”
Television does involve writing, however, which is why Boykin makes sure to put the pen to paper as much as he can.
It just hasn’t been much lately.
“I have a blog that I haven’t written on in a long time, so it’s not even active,” he said. “But I had a blog that I was trying to keep track of, and kinda start something like Jeff Owens did. I freelance stuff and do it at home.”
Whenever he does make it to the TV screen, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos is certain that Boykin will be right at home.
“He’s pretty sharp,” Lakatos said. “He’s got a colorful personality, so he’ll be fine with that.”
More importantly, nose tackle John Jenkins pointed out, he has the looks suited for television audiences.
“He’s got that little baby-face,” Jenkins said. “He’s photogenic for television, you know? He won’t scare away viewers.”
‘When you have a stallion, don’t leave him in the stable’
Growing up in Fayette County, southwest of Atlanta, Boykin was an all-around athlete, and talented at all the sports he participated in.
“[I] started off playing baseball, and thought I would be a baseball player,” he said. “Didn’t start playing football until I was nine. Actually, once I started playing football, I was playing basketball at the same time and liked basketball more and I thought I was gonna be a basketball player. I played pretty well, and was able to get a couple of scholarships in basketball, but chose football in high school.”
Though he never pursued basketball past the high school level, he brought his leaping ability with him to college — all 39 inches of it when he arrived as a freshman.
The most recent time it was measured, in the spring of 2010, it had improved by three inches to 42, and the senior cornerback noted it tied Bulldog great Champ Bailey’s school record.
He just wished his superior hops gave him more of an advantage on the football field.
“It doesn’t really translate into anything unless I have a jump ball or something,” he said.
Lakatos said it has proven to be a useful tool in pass coverage, however.
“Actually, it stands out a lot with his ability to play the ball,” he said. “When he’s going against taller wide receivers, he’s got a pretty good knack for getting his hands on the ball. That’s probably the times it’s actually a functional trait that he has.”
Where it would function even better is on the basketball court, something Boykin makes sure to tell head coach Mark Fox whenever he sees him.
“I see him sometimes, and I’m like, ‘Coach, I’m coming out [to play], I’m coming out,’” he said. “And he’s like, ‘Yeah, just focus on finishing out the [football] season.’ But it’s just a joke. I have no intentions of going out and playing.”
What he does intend to do is to finish out his senior season strong.
Both Lakatos and his teammates have noticed Boykin’s commitment to excellence.
“He’s been great,” Lakatos said. “He’s come a long way. He works hard and it’s been important to him. He’s a guy that wants to be really good and he’s willing to put the time in off the field as well as on the field. He’s got a great work ethic and he’s continuing to get better.”
Defensive end Abry Jones has been aware of Boykin’s good play for quite a while, though.
“Ever since I came in my freshman year, I think he’s done a tremendous job,” Jones said. “I think this year he’s also doing a tremendous job. He’s doing a great job of defending people, because you don’t really see many balls thrown in his direction. It might seem like a down year [for him] stats-wise, but I think he’s doing a great job for our defense.”
But it’s not just defensively where Boykin shines.
He has played on offense at times this season, which includes scoring on a 42-yard touchdown reception last week against New Mexico State and scooting 80 yards for a touchdown against Boise State in the season opener on the first rushing attempt of his career.
Boykin also serves as the Bulldogs primary kick returner, where he leads the SEC in most kickoff return yardage among active players with 2,425.
Some may think doing so much could overburden Boykin, and eventually lead to burnout.
Don’t tell that to Jenkins.
“He’s an athlete, a true athlete,” Jenkins said. “…I remember watching ‘The Express’ and there was a part in the movie [when they said] ‘When you have a stallion, don’t leave him in the stable’ or something like that, like, ‘Let him roam free.’ So when you’ve got an athlete like Boykin, you don’t want to limit him to just one job, let him roam free. Let him be an athlete.”
Linebacker Mike Gilliard knows Boykin does all he does so much for one simple reason.
“He just wants to win,” Gilliard said. “It’s his senior year, and he wants to go out with a bang. And besides departing the Bulldogs on a winning season, Boykin’s main goal is passing on a legacy for his younger teammates to carry on. “[I tell them] to focus on the things they came here for, school and football,” he said. “All of the distractions will definitely deter your career, and I feel like if they stay focused, they can accomplish all they want to.””
Underrated, underestimated but unaffected: Bennett’s visualized success becomes reality by The Red and BlackNov 12, 2011 “Michael Bennett felt Florida cornerback De’Ante Saunders on his back when he went up to make a catch.
Saunders was pulling at him, as the two fell hard onto the end zone turf.
And Bennett came up with the ball to score his first collegiate touchdown.
“I had it at first but he tried to put his hands on it when we were coming down,” Bennett said.
The freshman receiver wasn’t worried though.
He had already seen this coming.
“There wasn’t any chance that he was going to take that from me,” Bennett said. “When making plays like that, you’ve just got to envision it the week before the game, seeing you snag it over that defensive back — and you’ve just got to catch it.”
It was his father who had always taught him the importance of imaging success, even before the play is made.
“That’s one of the things my dad always taught me,” Bennett said. “Just imagine it and it will happen.”
But in high school, Bennett didn’t see himself as the kind of player who could play at one of the elite football programs in the country in what is arguably the toughest league in the country.
He thought he was good, but not that good.
“After my junior year, I got my first scholarship offer from Southern Mississippi, and I was almost ready to sign up right there,” Bennett said. “I had never been more excited in my life.”
Bennett decided to be patient.
And his patience paid off the summer before his senior year. He had received an offer from Georgia.
“I guess it’s all about being patient,” Bennett said. “When I got that letter, I immediately thought to myself, ‘I’m going to commit.’ Two days later, I committed.”
Bennett realizes that he isn’t your typical Georgia receiver.
He came with little fanfare, a three-star prospect who only received cursory glances by most big schools, including Florida, who didn’t offer him a scholarship offer.
“But yeah — rivals, scouts, etc., what do they really know?” Bennett said.
When arriving at a program with high-profile players such as A.J. Green and former five-star prospect Marlon Brown, being a lesser-known entity meant a redshirt was in the cards for his first year.
“It was frustrating,” Bennett said. “It was a very boring year of being on the scout team, but it was probably best for me since I was behind A.J. [Green] and Kris Durham.”
Even entering this season, Bennett had yet to prove he could be successful at the highest level.
“Coming into [the South Carolina game], I didn’t have a single catch and I didn’t have much confidence,” Bennett said.
However, his confidence began to build as he made significant catches against South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and then Vanderbilt, where he had a career-high seven catches and 89 yards.
And then came the catch against Florida that sparked a comeback win from 14 points down.
“It was a first read, slant-and-go. We had been running a lot of slants inside and we knew that we could take advantage of it,” Bennett said. “I thought he might hit the ball before it got to me, but fortunately he didn’t — I just stuck my hands in and wouldn’t let it go.”
Bennett’s play has been reminiscent of a former Bulldog wide receiver — Kris Durham, the player Bennett sat behind last season.
However, wide receivers coach Tony Ball said it wasn’t fair to compare Bennett’s style to that of any other player.
“Michael is his own receiver,” Ball said. “I never ever would make a comparison with any of them, you’ve got to understand. Michael is writing his own story and he is going about it in a way that only Michael could.”
Ball doesn’t often give much praise to his receivers. He is the kind of old school coach who not only expects, but also demands, his players to meet the expectations that they have set for themselves.
In Bennett’s case, Ball sees a player who has done what is expected of him and prepared as if he was going to play week in and week out.
“He’s certainly doing what’s expected of him,” Ball said. “I think it says a lot about his desire to be the very best that he can be and to work at being prepared both mentally and physically.”
Since his performance against Florida, Bennett has thrust himself into the rotation of Georgia’s aerial attack. And the receivers who traveled to Jacksonville raised a joke among themselves.
“We had seven guys travel — actually four white guys and three black guys, for the record,” Bennett said. “They said that’s never happened, ever, at Georgia. Probably since the ’50s.”
Senior wideout Tavarres King admitted he was surprised when he got to Jacksonville and looked around his position group.
“The other day it was crazy,” King said. “I was looking around the table at pregame meal and I was just like, ‘Dang, where all the brothers at?’ … It’s funny, it’s very funny. Mike’s a character — we have a lot of fun. It’s crazy.”
Bennett played along, mentioning the kind of camaraderie the receiving group has together.
“We all stick together,” Bennett said. “We’ve got this kind of thing, it’s kind of funny. We call ourselves ‘White Eagle’ because we have a formation called eagle and I go in at one of the outside receivers, Rhett [McGowan] goes at outside receiver and Taylor Bradberry is in there at slot receiver, so it forms the ‘white eagle.’”
But regardless of whether the “white eagle” formation ever makes its debut, Bennett has already proven he deserves to be on the field with this Bulldog offense. He has proven it to his coaches, his teammates, and even to himself. “I think everybody comes in here preparing as if that next year could be their year and I think that’s what he did and he took it serious and prepared like it was going to be his year,” McGowan said of Bennett. “I think that’s why he’s been so successful, because he’s taken it that serious and I think that’s why his hard work has paid off.””
Georgia’s Butler named finalist for Wuerffel Trophy by The Red and BlackNov 09, 2011 “Georgia senior punter Drew Butler has been named one of 13 finalists for the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy, according to an announcement Tuesday from the All Sports Association, Inc.
The Wuerffel Trophy is the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. This marks the first season the Bulldogs have had a finalist in the award’s seven-year history. BUTLER
A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on Dec. 6.
The 2011 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s 43rd Annual Awards Banquet on Feb. 17, 2012. Butler is one of three finalists from the Southeastern Conference.
Adding to his lengthy resume, Butler was also recently named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. The ARA Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I college football player who exemplifies sportsmanship both on and off the field.
In addition, Butler has already won an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship for being in the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class. The honorees of this award also comprise the list of finalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
In addition, the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
The son of College Football Hall of Fame Bulldog Kevin Butler, Drew Butler has created his own legacy between the hedges with an impactful career in the classroom, community and on the gridiron.
Hailing from Duluth, Ga., Butler was a CoSIDA/ESPN First Team Academic All-District selection in 2009. A four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree, he has qualified for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester during his college career, as well as the President’s List, the Dean’s List and the Academic Round Table. He also claimed a Ramsey Academic Scholarship and a HOPE Scholarship.
In his first season as the team’s full-time punter in 2009, Butler won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter by averaging a nation’s best 48.1 yards on 56 punts while pinning 19 attempts inside the 20-yard line. A consensus First Team All-American, he became just the third Bulldog to lead the country in punting, and his 48.1-yard average was the nation’s best since Travis Dorsch of Purdue averaged 48.4 yards per punt in 2001. In 2010, Butler was named a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press while averaging 44.5 yards per punt on 50 attempts with 19 downed inside the 20. This season, the Ray Guy Award Watch List member ranks 25th nationally with a 43.1 yard average on 35 punts for the 14th-ranked Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1 SEC). A member of Georgia’s All-Decade Team, Butler is the nation’s active career leader with an average of 45.4 yards per punt. A team captain for special teams in 2010, Butler is also a Unity Council member on the team. He regularly volunteers at the Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer annual golf tournament, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club and Camp Sunshine. Butler also serves as a reader at several Athens-area elementary schools and works with the local service group Camp Kudzu.”
PHOTO GALLERY: National Eating Disorders Association Walk by The Red and BlackNov 06, 2011 “By ALLISON LOVE/Staff
The National Eating Disorders Association, a not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals and families affected by eating disorders, held its first walk in Athens on Sunday, November 6, 2011. The walk was organized by University of Georgia sophmore Ashton Garner in order to raise awareness about eating disorders with the University community.
Devin Hopkins, 19, a sophmore studying child and family development from Roswell, Ga., flips through informational brochures about eating disorder treatment.
Ashton Garner, organizer of the walk, greets and hugs friends who came to support Garner’s efforts.
Garner addresses participants before they set out for the walk.
Deenie Tarver, a licensed psychologist with the University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services, talks to attendees about resources an individual affected by an eating disorder can use to move forward in recovery.
NEDA Walk t-shirts were provided for participants.
Dr. Genie Burnett, founder of the Manna Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide funds for inpatient eating disorder treatment for those lacking adequate insurance coverage, discusses the necessity of treatment for eating disorders.
Garner walks with other NEDA supporters around Sandy Creek Park. Garner asked that attendees walk in memory of those who have died from an eating disorder, in support of those currently battling the disease and in celebration of those who have overcome their struggles.
The group of attendees makes a two-mile walk around Sandy Creek Park. Two participants celebrate as the finish the walk. ”
Homecoming Court vote starts this week, candidates excited to walk across field on Saturday by The Red and BlackNov 02, 2011 “Being on the Homecoming Court is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This year’s candidates for King and Queen have been embracing it as much as they can. Each one represents the best of their organizations and are excited about the possibility of being crowned on the field.
The Red & Black asked some of the candidates about their backgrounds, in an effort to help the student body get to know them.
Mel Baxter is running for Homecoming Queen. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
Mel Baxter, a senior communication studies major from Leawood, Kan., is representing UGA Miracle. This organization is dedicated to raising money for Children’s Health care in Atlanta. “I initially fell in love with UGA for its charms and infectious spirit,” Baxter said. “Everyone I met on my first visit was so in love with this place, and that’s something that has stuck with me throughout my time here.”
Baxter said she is excited to be on the homecoming court for a variety of reasons. For one, some of her role models (including Bailey Simpsons and Bliss McMichael) have served on the homecoming court.
“It’s an incredible honor to be placed in the same category as them,” Baxter said. Additionally, Baxter is excited to share the experience with her family. “Being from Kansas, my family hasn’t had many opportunities to come visit me in Athens. Being on Homecoming Court is a great way to celebrate my time at UGA with my family. This is going to be an incredible experience and I’m so excited that I get to finish out my college career by being on the Homecoming Court.”
Eric Jones, a senior Digital/Broadcast journalism and Political science major from Bilbia, is representing the
Eric Jones is running for Homecoming King. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
UGA chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
“It helps any aspiring journalists by giving them the tools they need to forge a successful career,” Jones said. “I became vice president in my sophomore year. While I was president, we became the national chapter of the year.”
Jones is also involved with several University publications, including Fusion magazine, and the University News show. In addition, he said he enjoys giving tours through the visitor’s center and talking about his experience to new students.
“I like getting future students excited about college in general,” Jones said.
Jones is also very cognizant of the impact he has on the Homecoming Court.
“If you would have come to this campus fifty years ago, people who looked like me would not have been able to attend. It means a lot to be part of this tradition,” Jones said. “I’m not going to say that I am better than any other candidate, but I would consider it a high honor to wear the crown.”
Hannah Drum, a senior digital and broadcast journalism major from Suwanee, is representing Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also the president of the sorority and is also active around other campus organizations.
“I work at the UGA Visitor’s Center and was the Orientation leader in 2010,” she said.
Hannah Drum is running for Homecoming Queen. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
She also is on the executive board for Omicron Delta Kappa and said she is pleased to be a part of this year’s Court.
“The most exciting thing about being on the Homecoming Court is going through it with all my best friends,” Drum said. “The four girls who are standing beside me are four people who have had the biggest impact on me. I am going to be happy on Saturday regardless.”
Elizabeth Crowley, a senior English major from Marietta, is representing the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
“Pi Phi is a group of women who center our activities around our philanthropy, scholarship, social events, and the cultivation of meaningful relationships,” Crowley said. “The reason I was selected to represent Pi Phi is that I really represent our values well.”
Crowley said that her favorite thing about her time at UGA was immersing herself in the unique Athens culture.
“I really try to embrace living in the number one college town. Whether it be going to the Farmer’s Market or Avid Bookshop for a poetry reading,” Crowley said.
Crowley also said she has been looking forward to all of the homecoming events.
“This is my last Homecoming Game as an undergraduate. I think that everyone should to get as involved as possible with Homecoming” Crowley said. “Please take advantage of your four or five years here.”
Elizabeth Crowley is running for Homecoming Queen. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
Cuthbert Langley, a senior Broadcast news and International Affairs double major from Charleston, S. C., is representing Dawg Camp on the homecoming court.
“Dawg Camp is a series of Summer programs that connect rising first year students with current student leaders,” Langley said. “This, as well as my fraternity, is one of the two main reasons I have had such an incredible college career.”
Langley also said that his favorite aspect of the University are the student attitudes.
“The spirit hear runs so deeply, which is invigorating,” Langley said. “I love how everyone cares so much about this campus and the town of Athens.”
Langley also is excited to share the Homecoming experience with his friends.
“I have had a chance to work with everyone on court and I am ecstatic to share this experience with them,” Langley said.
David Okun, a senior Spanish and International Affairs major from Kennesaw, is representing the
David Okun is president of the Honors Program Student Council. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
Dean William Tate Honor Society. The organization attempts to identify and promote future leaders and the University.
“Tate Society honors the memory of the late Dean William Tate by annually inducting outstanding freshmen whose academic success and extracurricular involvement,” Okun said. “Being selected for the Tate Honor Society is the highest honor a freshman can receive.” Okun said that his favorite thing about the University is its size. Has had many opportunities to meet many people in the University. “Through various organizations over the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with student leaders, athletes, performers, and incredible faculty and staff from all over campus,” Okun said. Like other candidates, Okun is excited to share the Homecoming experience with his family. “Without a doubt, it’s the incredible honor of being recognized on the field with my mother come Saturday” Okun said.”
Coca-Cola doles out cash to first-generation students by The Red and BlackNov 02, 2011 “Lauren Mayo, a recipient of a Coca-Cola scholarship, said she would not have been able to attend the University without the help of the $20,000 she will be receiving throughout the course of her studies. SEAN TAYLOR/Staff
The Coca-Cola Company sent nine soon-to-be University students a surprising letter in June 2011 informing them they had received a scholarship — for $20,000.
The scholarship has no application and students don’t know they are considered until they click open in their inboxes or tear an envelope, finding out their lives are changed.
Coca-Cola scholarships to first-generation college students who have had neither a parent nor a sibling attend college and demonstrate financial need. For many, the scholarship lets them attend the University, a “dream school.”
Lauren Mayo, a freshman public relations, sports management and economics major from Chicago, Ill., said she couldn’t have attended the University without the unexpected blessing.
“I had paid my commitment deposit hoping to have the money, but if I didn’t have it,”Mayo said. “I just would have gone to [Kennesaw State University]. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”
Woo Joung, a freshman environmental health science major from Rome, said without the scholarship, he would have needed to take out a loan, putting an extra strain on him and his family.
“I was going to get a loan if I didn’t get the scholarship,” Joung said. “A lot of pressure’s off. UGA was my dream school since high school. I was really excited.”
The scholarship awards $5,000 each year over four years. To keep the award, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.8 their freshman year and 3.0 during the rest of college.
To help students maintain these averages and arm them with tools needed for success, scholars are enrolled in a two-hour seminar freshman year which teaches skill building, communication skills, study techniques and helps them decide on a major and career choice. The seminar connects them to opportunities on campus such as the career center and study abroad programs, Mayo explained.
“We are learning the skills that we need when we are in college,” Joung said.
Scholars are also connected with top professors for mentoring. “Receiving the scholarship has made me very grateful,” Mayo said. “It gave me the opportunity to attend my dream school.” Other students receiving the scholarship this year are Kimberly Brazis, Steven Huynh, Alejandra Chavarria, Ana Barrera, David Barnes, Phuong Le and Taylor Fitzpatrick.”
Regi-star: Fifth candidate appears months later for review, nabs registrar position (w/ documents) by The Red and BlackOct 25, 2011 “A University professor with three months of registrar experience beat out four candidates she previously interviewed for the same position.
Jan Hathcote submitted her application for the open position of University registrar on Sept. 21. Courtesy of University of Georgia
Jan Hathcote, a professor and associate dean at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, was named the University’s registrar Tuesday afternoon by Vice President for Instruction Laura Jolly.
Hathcote was named interim registrar starting July 1 by Jolly as well. But in September, Jolly also asked the registrar search committee to reopen the search and consider Hathcote as a candidate.
“There wasn’t an application process,” Hathcote said. “I was just contacted and asked if I was willing to serve in that capacity.”
The fourth and supposedly final candidate for the position presented on Aug. 29. Hathcote submitted her application on Sept. 27.
Hours before Jolly made the announcement about the new registrar, search committee chair James Mooney, associate director of operations in the office of financial aid, said he had “no idea” when a new registrar would be selected.
“We are not the hiring authority,” he told The Red & Black Tuesday afternoon in a phone interview. “The hiring authority makes that decision. Right now, we know as much as you all know about that part of the process.”
Selecting four finalists
Mooney said about 85 to 90 applicants applied for the position in the first round. Hathcote was not one of them.
The search committee narrowed it down to eight candidates. Following video interviews, the committee then selected four finalists to bring to campus for on-campus visits.
Hathcote was not one of the finalists either — but she was part of the candidates’ interviewing process even though Mooney said Hathcote was not on the actual registrar search committee.
“You can’t be on the committee and be an applicant for the position,” Mooney said. “That would be a conflict.”
But Hathcote hadn’t decided to be a candidate yet.
In her role as the interim registrar, Hathcote was present at the interviews hosted by the registrar’s group for the final four candidates.
“Actually I was,” she said. “I was not a candidate at that time, and I did go on behalf of the registrar’s office. I was part of the registrar’s office. [The finalists] did their presentations, and I watched them.”
Karen Jarrell, assistant provost and registrar at The University of Texas at Dallas and a finalist for the position, said she remembers Hathcote during her on-campus visit.
“She was part of the interview process when I interviewed with the registrar’s office, and also when I did my presentation in front of everyone,” Jarrell said.
Douglas Burgess, registrar at the University of Cincinnati and another finalist for the position, said he also remembers Hathcote attending his presentation.
In an Aug. 24 Red & Black article, Hathcote is quoted commenting on Burgess’ credentials.
“He seems very qualified, as far I as can tell,” she said in the article. “He certainly has a lot of expertise.”
But later, Hathcote switched roles and became a finalist herself.
A fifth candidate
In September, Jolly asked the search committee to consider Hathcote as a candidate.
“We shared our discussion information with Dr. Jolly — who’s the hiring authority,” Mooney said. “And then Dr. Jolly got back to us later on and asked us to consider another applicant to interview and that’s the last candidate — the interim registrar.”
Not only did Jolly recommend Hathcote for the registrar position, but she also named her interim registrar and openly endorsed her in a June 27 University news release.
“Dr. Hathcote is an accomplished academic administrator and has a strong working relationship with the registrar’s office,” Jolly said in the release. “She has worked on a number of academic projects with the registrar’s office including the launching of Degree Works in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. I appreciate her willingness to serve in this important role as we conduct a national search for a new registrar.”
But was a national search even necessary?
“I can’t speak for Dr. Jolly, but we weren’t considering anybody for the position,” Mooney said. “Our job is to review applications and arrive at the candidates that the committee as a group feels would be candidates to pursue further.”
But none of the candidates the committee chose were selected to be the University’s next registrar.
In this instance, Jolly recommended a new candidate, considered her a finalist and ultimately hired her for the job.
After an attempt to contact Jolly on Tuesday afternoon, she was not available for comment by deadline.
“After [Hathcote] went through her presentations, she met with the committee for an hour,” Mooney said. “And a day or so later, we met with Dr. Jolly again and reviewed and discussed that candidate, and that’s the last contact or involvement we’ve had.”
Mooney said the committee decided to consider Hathcote’s application because she met the standards in the published announcement for the position.
What Hathcote didn’t meet was the application deadline — July 11.
By the numbers
Hathcote began her position as interim registrar 10 days earlier, and said she was not considering applying for the position at first.
“Not so much initially, but as I got involved in the work at the registrar’s office, I realized it kind of leaned toward my strengths and that would be a position I would actually be interested in doing,” she said.
According to the standards of the University’s registrar position announcement, the search committee was looking for a candidate with a master’s degree in a related field, relevant university experience in progressively responsible positions in a Registrar’s office or student academic support services within higher education and have a strong working knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Hathcote, with registrar experience since July, competed with candidates with relevant registrar experience of at least six years.
Jarrell has 25 years of registrar experience.
Burgess has 13 years of relevant experience.
Carla Boyd, a finalist and associate registrar at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has six years of experience in the registrar’s office.
The fourth candidate, Rodney Parks, has served as the University’s associate registrar for seven years, but lost the job to Hathcote, who had no registrar experience prior to July.
“I’m a tenured professor at the University of Georgia and I come from a different background as an academic here at at UGA,” Hathcote said. “And I think that’s a little different.”
Prior to her nomination as a candidate, Parks was the only internal finalist for the position.
But according to a reference questionnaire, University Bursar Lisa McCleary said she would hire Parks “in a heartbeat.”
She adds, “One thing that I want to share is that I think that Rod has been somewhat ‘under a thumb.’ He can do a lot more if given the opportunity. If they are looking for someone who has a tremendous track record over the past year, it is there, but he could have done even more if given the opportunity,” according to the questionnaire.
But the opportunity has been given to someone who never even initially applied for Parks’ target job. “I’m very pleased to have the position, and I think I’ll do a great job,” Hathcote said. Registrar search”
GAY IN ATHENS: LGBT groups create place in Athens history by The Red and BlackOct 22, 2011 “Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series examining the history of gay culture in Athens. Look out for the second, which heads on campus.
Once a month, Athens comes out.
The history of the gay community in Athens is a winding one, with many ups and downs. But the general trend has been positive. And in the 21 years since Boybutante unofficially began the gay movement in the Classic City, conditions for gays and lesbians have steadily improved, giving them more visibility and voice. AJ REYNOLDS/Staff
Smokers lounge on the patio, hopping through conversations, while inside patrons at the bar watch a younger crowd dance to the sounds of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Dierks Bentley. Near midnight, moving from one end of the small venue to the other becomes impossible. In the space of a few hours, Georgia Bar is transformed into GA(Y) Bar.
“It has blown me away,” said Joshua Barnett, a senior communications major and production manager at The Red & Black who helped organize the event. “I never thought we would have a line out the door on a Tuesday night. Within five minutes I’m talking to my young 21-year-old friends who are just coming out, and the next I’m talking to a middle-aged drag queen and another moment I’m talking to a 75-year-old person in the community.”
A few years before, this gathering would have been improbable — going to a drag show or gay-friendly event meant waiting for an annual gathering, being in the right place. But now, finding community is a near-daily opportunity — McCoy’s Bourbon Bar, Copper Creek, Little Kings Shuffle Club and Max Canada show inclusion through gay nights and drag shows. Athens Pride evolved from a Sandy Creek park picnic to a weekend of beer busts, commitment ceremonies and dance parties.
All of which proves one thing about gay life in Athens — when there’s no designated space, the community will create its own.
“There’s no official gay bar, but there’s definitely whisperings about where the gays are going to be,” said Whitney Dekle, executive director of University’s Lambda Alliance. “Every now and then, you’ll ask your friends and you’ll be like ‘So, where are all the gay people going right now?’ and they’ll be like ‘Oh, they’re going to bar x or bar y.’ Since no one’s given us a space, we kind of invade, and we get the word out.”
Gay life in Athens has not always been plentiful, but it has also not always been barren. Finding a common space has been its own sort of battle, with its own small victories and habitual set-backs.
And it all started with a road trip.
Some getaways lead not only away from a problem, but also toward a solution.
For a group of gay men, dealing with strict social codes in the South was the problem. The solution — ultimately involving dresses, high heels, wigs and charity — was found during a trip to Charleston, S.C.
“Boybutante began in 1989 as an idea among a group of friends who happened to all be gay men,” said Yancey Gulley, former chair of the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. “They had gone to Charleston on vacation and had some experiences there and came back and said ‘We want to start a drag ball in Athens.’”
But the end of the ’80s saw an Athens limited in its resources. Though there were a few gay-oriented events, such as the 40 Watt’s “Gay Friendly Monday Nights” and a lesbian social group, there was no one place for the community to call home.
“So [Boybutante founders] were really groundbreaking in starting not only the drag movement in the community but also the gay movement in the community,” Gulley said.
Together with Atlanta-based drag troupe the Armorettes Boybutante, they raised $800 for AIDS Athens and a battered women’s shelter, according to the Boybutante website.
That first year of tucked and turned out fundraising was hosted in Rockfish Palace — a bar remembered for its broken-down decor; though the venue, while small, gave stage time to acts like Widespread Panic and The Normaltown Flyers.
“The Rockfish Palace was just a little venue for bands but it was maybe the de facto gay place,” said Mark Bell, owner of 9ds Bar and 8es Bar. “They’ll tell you stories of no air-conditioning and dirt floors.”
Despite defunct conditions, Boybutante caught on, and in the years since, the blowout has gone from cramped conditions and little-known acts to a sold-out annual party at the 40 Watt, where professional and amateur drag performers lip-sync to success.
“We used to have multiple meetings and phone calls and now I just hand them a key,” said Barrie Buck, owner of the 40 Watt. “In that regard, it just gets really easy to put it on even though it’s a big production. It’s something that I look forward to. I’ve got some employees that are students and they’ve never seen anything like it and they’re like, ‘This is awesome.’”
An era called to the dual power of dance and drag demanded more places for gays, lesbians and dedicated partiers.
And so Boneshakers opened.
First dance, last call
Renovations can repair history, but they can also make it.
Near the end of East Hancock Avenue, near abandoned warehouses, stood Rockfish Palace.
A venue teeming with community small talk and second-hand acts, the bar’s connection to the gay community made repairing the broken down building a worthy investment opportunity.
“I think that probably launched [Greg Martin, original owner] into saying, ‘I could fix the place up’ and ‘I could make this place actually nice,’” Bell said.
It was a venture caught in the heat of “disco.” In a town with no dance clubs and a limited number of bars, venues often doubled up on their entertaining roles — the 40 Watt would transform band space into floor space following weekend concerts, and dance-crazed downtown patrons lined-up around the block for a chance to get back in.
“You talk about a melting pot — Late-Night Disco at the 40 Watt was a big melting pot for people,” Bell said. “They didn’t necessarily play disco music, it was whatever the DJs wanted to play. You had a lot of the gay folks going, and you had a lot of the straight folks going too. But I guess they felt it was time for a full-on, properly done dance place.”
Boneshakers opened in 1992 and built its long years as a party powerhouse on drag and dance. Everyone could come, and everyone did.
But though inclusion reigned, there was some hostility.
“Every once in a blue moon you’d get some folks from out of town on a home game,” Bell said. “We always had eggs being thrown at the front door, bags of shit being left at the front door or back door. College prankish shit.”
And sometimes the problems came not from the political, but the personal.
“But we probably had to escort more people out, gay folk out, just for being unruly,” Bell said. “Some people may be fighting, 10 minutes later they’re kissing and making up in the back. That kind of thing.”
At the same time, gay men and women were meeting up all over Athens, not just in the bar scene.
“Institutions change, we change,” said Annette Hatton, a founder of University LGBT faculty and staff group, Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees and Supporters, and of Athens Pirde. “There’s one group called Athens Casuals that’s a men’s gay group. They like to cook, they like to eat. And they’re still together, nothing’s happened to them. Unlike the Lesbian Social Group. We used to bike together on Sunday mornings. We don’t do that now either. It’s more amorphous now, gay and lesbian social life.”
Out of the growing number of separate groups came a call for unity.
GLOBES, though created as a support group for the University, saw an overwhelming need for community events. And so, in 1996, GLOBES planned a picnic.
“Athens Pride grew out of GLOBES 15 years ago, out of the University of Georgia,” Gulley said. “They did everything for everybody, even though they were supposed to be just about faculty and staff.”
But the small number of University and community events were not enough for some. In the midst of a saturated drag market and the lure of several gay clubs in Atlanta, Bell said, the popularity of Boneshakers began to fizzle.
“You had men that were doing their supper club things and that was their social event,” Bell said. “And you take five of those guys a week who would spend between $20 and $80 bucks at a time and that adds up. And you get the kids who come here on HOPE scholarship, that made it hard because kids had to keep their grades up, so the weekdays started dying off … And I was like, ‘Maybe it’s time to call it a day.’”
The club had two last hurrahs — one at the bar’s preliminary closing, The Omega Party, and again at New Year’s Eve at the end of 2008 as the short-lived, renamed “Culture Lounge.” Nostalgia and a montage of memorial songs and artists, such as Madonna, Cher and Christina Aguilera, played as a sea of familiar faces floated in.
“It was emotional, it was hard,” Bell said. “We had a great turn out. A lot of folks came that I hadn’t seen in years and years. And we did it right that night.”
And so, 12 years after its opening, Boneshakers was gone.
And though Bell tried again to create a gay-friendly bar in Athens, his next two locations — Detour and Blur — both lasted less than a year.
By 2009, gay and lesbian citizens were once again without a downtown space to call their own.
“It just burnt out. But it could work, there could be a gay bar again,” Bell said. “One smart thing is to not do it too frequently, which is what happened with the drag shows. It got to the point where they were like ‘Oh, well I’ve seen all those queens.’”
One ending was followed with many beginnings.
On campus and outside the city, a swirling amount of activity was mounting. In 2004, Georgia legislature was joining a growing number of states considering a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the University LGBT Resource Center was establishing itself and the University was revising its Non Discrimination and Anti Harassment Policy.
Out of the ashes, a spark.
In the face of mounting political pressure, Athens acted as a community called to action.
A potential amendment to the Georgia Constitution banning gay marriage was a clarion call for many citizens.
“There were many people who were very supportive, and against what was going on at the time,” said Michael Shutt, former director the University LGBT Resource Center.
Athens-Clarke County was one of many city-counties in which a large number of the population voted against the measure, though the amendment eventually passed both in Athens and the state. While CNN reported the amendment passed in Georgia with a 76 percent popular vote, 48 percent of Athens voted against it, Shutt said.
But where some found defeat in the measure’s passing, Athens government found loopholes. And while unable to allow same-sex couples to marry, the city’s policies were able to bring them together as families.
“The [former] mayor of Athens [Heidi Davison] pushed a vote to pass a same sex domestic partnership benefits for the county and to add sexual orientation and gender identity to non-discrimination,” Shutt said. “[She] also pushed to add a domestic partnership registry. And the reason that’s important is that Athens-Clarke County has an ordinance that would only allow two unrelated people to live together in a single family neighborhood … [T]hey were trying to prevent a bunch student housing from popping up. Because of that law we were considered family even though we didn’t have the ability to marry.”
These community efforts allowed many a supportive space with increasingly better living benefits.
By 2008 however, community, though arguably better, was not necessarily easier to find.
“For some students, like me, the Resource Center and Lambda are not my cup of tea,” Barnett said. “So those are not the kind of things I want to go to, but I know that they’re wonderful and I know they serve a huge population.”
Rather than seeking University-centered, education-based companionship of classmates, these students want a space to be social around Athens.
“There’s also a group of us that want and need just more social events,” Barnett said. “We just want to go and have cocktails with people and chat and have a good time.”
It was for this that GayInAthens.com was created.
“[GayInAthens creators] didn’t feel like there was really a communal space in Athens,” Barnett said. “I guess this was around the same time that Blur was fading out of existence. So the gay bar scene was not very prominent. So we put our heads together and thought ‘what could we do?’ And it developed into something that was bigger, really, than what we had initially intended, which was more of an informal rants and raves from two gay boys in Athens.”
From an aggregate community and commentary site, Barnett and co-creator Carey Drake developed GayInAthens into a “dumping ground” for as many LGBT related events as the creators could find. And though GayInAthens later closed from a break in Barnett and Drake’s personal relationship, its appearance led to an awareness for the need for more and better advertised social events. It’s this role Athens Pride hopes to fill.
“We’ve watched the pendulum swing on a lot of things,” Gulley said. “It could be the biggest student organization and three years later it’s kind of dormant. [Hatton] spent the last couple of years trying and the energy wasn’t around it. We talked about how we didn’t want just the picnic … So last year we sent out the call and said everybody meet at [Hotel Indigo], we are going to talk about Athens Pride. Anybody who wants to talk about what it should be, come, and share. And people did.”
The small hotel meeting room was packed with more than 30 people wanting to move the community event to metropolitan Pride status — starting with events such as drag karaoke and roller skating.
And it worked.
Not only did Athens Pride evolve beyond its usual picnic, but Boybutante evolved beyond its usual spring gala. The Foundation now puts on events year-round to raise for AIDS relief in North Georgia. Where once the community seemed failing, gay life is on the rise. And though not all in the LGBT Athenians may be served by the community’s offerings, Barnett said it’s heartening to see an increase in variety — more faces, more voices. “My experience with GayInAthens always lead me to say that not everyone has community,” Barnett said. “The transgender community in particular hit on us hard about not being inclusive and about Athens in particular not being a good place for a transgender person to live. So I don’t know how much that has changed in the last couple of years, but I do know for people like me that it has gotten better.””
Football is ‘essentially a job’ at BCS level by The Red and BlackOct 21, 2011 “The sacrifices differ. As do their abilities and playing time come game day.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. FILE
But the commitment remains the same — an all-encompassing seven-day-a-week job on top of their full-time studies.
It’s life as a football player and striking the right balance and maintaining focus isn’t always easy in the middle of a season in which millions tune in to watch you perform every Saturday.
“It’s a long day,” walk-on senior linebacker Jeremy Sulek said. “Just being a regular student and then just instead of having free time you come to practice and watch film, so the nights get a little tight, but you make it work.”
The NCAA mandates one day a week must be taken off during the season, so coach Mark Richt uses Sunday as the Bulldogs day of rest. But even Sunday isn’t a free day for the team to catch up. You can usually find a host of Bulldogs in the film room on Sundays, reviewing the game tape from Saturday and already perusing the tape of the following week’s opponent.
“It’s tough. We’re not like regular students,” senior placekicker Blair Walsh said. “We don’t necessarily have time to get all the stuff done that regular students do, studying and social life and balancing. It’s tough, but it comes with the job description. And we get our school paid for scholarship wise, so we got to do it.”
That time commitment can be especially burdensome with 92,000 fans — with no idea what the preparation entails and who expect to win every game — descending upon campus to judge them by their week’s efforts.
“There is so much stress you’re having to deal with, you’re legitimately having a final exam every week and you have to prepare in the film room, staying up late, figuring out the different intricacies of what the defense is about to show versus this front that you’re going to show — it’s like a chess match,” senior Trinton Sturdivant said. “Then at the same time you have to do academics. It’s extremely hard on a person as far as stress.”
Class days are even more hectic.
Aaron Murray said his weekdays typically begin at about 7 a.m. and he won’t return home until about 9 p.m. or sometimes later.
In between, there’s breakfast, class for a couple hours, straight to lunch and the football center to begin getting treatment. After treatment, Murray gets in two hours of film study before position meetings begin at 3 p.m. Practice follows at 4:30. By the time Murray gets out of practice at about 7:30 and eats dinner, “then the day is over.” Some days his schedule differs, depending on if he has a workout or tutoring session, but the long days remain a constant.
“It’s a long day but you got to love it,” Murray said. “And I know the guys on this team love doing it and enjoy doing it.”
With such a full plate, other areas of players’ lives suffer — or get pushed to the backburner — during the season.
“They’re pretty hard on you with school work when it comes to tutors,” Murray said. “If you fail a test, you’re getting tutors at 7:30 in the morning or 8 o’clock at night, so you really have to stay on top of your work or you’re pretty much not going to see your bed until about 10 o’clock at night. But other than that, pretty much your social life is pretty much the thing that gets neglected.”
Added Walsh: “We definitely don’t go to as many parties or social events as other students get to go to, so that takes a hit.”
It’s not just social life, either. There’s no time for a part-time job — and sleep often gets the short end of the stick.
“It doesn’t hold me back, it’s just I want to do x, y, and z, and I have to allocate the amount of time to each of these,” Sulek said. “And everything has a trade off.”
Trade offs that can even affect a player’s potential career path.
Take Sulek, for example. Instead of trying to get his foot in the door along his intended career profession in investment banking, he had to work at home in Lawrenceville and complete the summer workout program given to him by strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski.
“I am kind of a little bit behind just because I don’t have the availability to do internships like most of the people in my classes, but I’ll find a way somehow,” he said.
But for Sulek, like Murray, the give and take is worth the opportunity to continue playing the game they love.
“I’m a finance major, and it’s not easy,” Sulek said. “But it’s definitely not an excuse and if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it work.”
For long snapper Ty Frix, a biomedical engineering major set to graduate in May, any downsides are outweighed by the fact that he’s following in his father’s footsteps, living his dream as a Bulldog on the football team. That’s not to say there aren’t downsides, though, for the registered pilot, like not being able to get as many hours in the sky as he’d like to get his instrument rating — one level up in license from his status now.
The sacrifice doesn’t end there — Frix will also postpone medical school for a year because of football.
Although he is applying at the moment to Medical College of Georgia and hopes to have an answer in the coming months, he is hoping to defer his acceptance another year in order to come back and use his fifth year of eligibility after redshirting as a freshman.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anybody but my really close friends or roommates for the last two months,” Frix said. “That’s just pretty much how it is.”
And with such a diverse set of interests and obligations requesting his attention, Frix credits his mandatory 7 a.m. study hall his freshman year for helping to teach him how to juggle everything.
“I was really lucky. The football team does a great job when you come in as a freshman really getting your time management skills down,” Frix said. “It really kind of taught you to really knock everything out on a daily basis and not get behind. As long as you sort of follow that, it’s not real hard. It gets real hard when you get behind by two weeks and you have to cram for three tests in the same day, and that’s no fun. But as long as you keep up, it’s really not that bad.”
It is just part of the “job” and one they’ve all learned to accept. With the adulation and attention that comes on Saturday also come expectations — and they aren’t always understandable to the people cheering, or booing, on Saturdays. “The mind-set is different. When you’re in the regular world, the student world, you’re in a sense of euphoria. You don’t really have a care in the world,” Sturdivant said. “You don’t have to worry about paying a whole bunch of bills as you would if you were in the world, and football is essentially — on this level — a job.””
PHOTO GALLERY: Ralphie May at Legion Field by The Red and BlackOct 17, 2011 “Ralphie May brought big smiles and roaring laughter to Legion Field on Monday Night. After a short stay in Atlanta, the comedian came to Athens to perform his stand up act to the University of Georgia. He donated all his earnings to his father’s scholarship.”
Women’s studies conference brings international issues to Athens by The Red and BlackOct 08, 2011 “Going into its fourth year, the Women and Girls in Georgia Conference will be tailored to recent economic turmoil, and specifically how it relates to women and their families.
The Women and Girl in Georgia Conference of Georgia will be hosted by the Institute of Women's Studies on Oct. 8. JESSICA BANES/Staff
The conference, titled “Women and the Economic Crisis: Responding to Tough Times” will be hosted by the
Institute of Women’s Studies on Oct. 8.
“I think that several faculty, staff, and students in women’s studies — on this campus and throughout Georgia — have been extremely worried about unemployment, budget cuts, and changes in the HOPE Scholarship and the potential effects of these issues on the financial security of families and access to public services and public education,” said Cindy Romero a senior women’s studies and international affairs major from Laurel, Md. and an intern for the Institute of Women’s Studies.
The keynote speaker for the conference, Kim Bobo, founded Interfaith Worker Justice, where she is the executive director.
IWJ is the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy.
She is the author of “Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid — And What We Can Do About It,” the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and propose practical solutions for addressing it. She has also worked as the director of organizing for Bread for the World and writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches.
The conference features workshops, panels, discussions and presentations of research in addition to the keynote address. Romero hopes the perspective gained from participation in the conference will help to “reconstruct and reformulate their knowledge of the theme as well as their strategies for grassroots organization in Georgia around this theme.”
Terri Hatfield, events and activities coordinator for the Institute of Women’s Studies, said Georgia has been one of the hardest-hit domestic economies since the recession.
“We are among the top 10 states in foreclosure filings, our unemployment rate has risen to over 10 percent and the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that Athens-Clarke County has the highest rate of poverty of any county its size in the country,” she said. “With women disproportionately affected by every aspect of the crisis, from subprime mortgages to the cuts in public services, the economy is an urgent feminist issue.”
The WAGG Conference was established in 2007 “to encourage and highlight research by, for and about women and girls in Georgia, in all their diversity,” Hatfield said. The WAGG Fund makes the conference possible.
Sophie Cox, a senior magazines major and women’s studies minor from Atlanta, notes the networking possibilities of WAGG.
“It’s a fabulous opportunity for students who might be interested in a career in the nonprofit sector or in public policy or politics,” said Cox, who is also a WAGG intern. “It’s also important for students to hear from the community outside UGA’s academic bubble.” The conference, which is open to all University students at no charge, unifies academics, activists and community members to start conversations and spread information, Hatfield said. “More broadly, our intention is to help generate new research that will be useful in directing policy in ways to improve the lives of women and girls in our state, especially low-income women and others whose interests are too often overlooked by policy makers,” Hatfield said.”
Georgia punter Butler a National Scholar-Athlete nominee by The Red and BlackOct 01, 2011 “Georgia punter Drew Butler was selected as one of 127 candidates for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Awards as announced by the NFF and College Hall of Fame. Butler and the other nominees also compromise the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. BUTLER
Butler is one of three selected from the Southeastern Conference, as Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter and Kentucky offensive lineman Stuart Hines were also two of the 47 candidates from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Since the inception of the Campbell Trophy in 1990, an SEC student-athlete has captured the award seven times, which is the most of any conference. Georgia’s Matt Stinchcomb won the award in 1998.
“This year’s candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation’s mission of building leaders through football,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life.”
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees for maintaining such high standards throughout their collegiate careers,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to showcase their achievements, and there is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the final group of honorees from among this esteemed group.”
A native of Duluth, Ga., Butler graduated Cum Laude with a degree in telecommunications and a GPA of 3.62 in May 2011. He is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Sport Management. Named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Butler was an ESPN Academic All-American in 2010, making him one of only seven Bulldogs in school history to be named an All-American both athletically and academically during their careers. He has also been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll multiple times. Butler is a two-time Ray Guy Award finalist and won the award in 2009 for being the nation’s top punter. The senior is currently the SEC’s all-time leader in punt average with 46.3 yards after accumulating 5,792 yards over 125 attempts and is on pace to be first in UGA history. Through four games this season, Butler holds a 48.1 average along with a season-long punt of 59 yards against Ole Miss. In 2010, Butler averaged 44.5 yards on 50 punts, including 15 that went 50 or more yards. The Bulldogs ranked second in the SEC and fourth in the nation in net punting with a 40.6 average. The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Wednesday, October 26. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2011 Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 6 during the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.”
‘Sugar babies’ article was a gross depiction of journalism by The Red and BlackSep 30, 2011 “Upon reading The Red & Black’s cover story last week (“ Gimme some sugar: student skips loan, finds sugar daddy,” Sept. 22 ), I felt a white hot rage welling within me that challenged my previous views of just how indignant I can be. I can only hope that the article was presented without derision because the criticisms of such a college lifestyle are so obvious that they go without saying. David Doud
Let us begin with some clarification. I have always understood a sugar daddy to be an older male in a relationship that showers money and gifts on a much younger female. Despite the age discrepancy, they go on real dates, spend real time together, and for all intents and purposes, are in a real relationship.
What was presented in the cover story was not a real relationship. To travel up the East Coast for $10,000 per month for two 24-hour romps that will involve “hardcore” sex with a stranger is, by definition, prostitution. Prostitution does not necessarily involve street corners, miniskirts and a bad section of town. There is sex, and there is a price. I cannot think of any way that what the article discusses is not prostitution, at least in this girl’s case. The article hardly addresses that.
This student’s arrangement raises some very unsettling questions that the article does not answer. So some man has got an online account on some seedy website and seems willing to pay exorbitant sums of money for sex. Seems legit, right? So what does a girl do when he pushes her past what she’s comfortable with, and he says he won’t pay her unless she continues? Or, better yet, he can refuse to pay her return airfare and leave her stranded in the District of Columbia, a poor place for a college student to find herself alone. And for the coup de grâce, what if he doesn’t pay regardless of how well she performs? Will she take him to court? On what charges? “I had ‘hardcore’ sex with him like he asked, and he didn’t pay me like he was supposed to.” If she said that, she would go to jail.
What I find particularly disturbing is that The Red & Black has presented this as a perfectly reasonable lifestyle for the hard-up college student. There was no decrying being a “college sugar baby” (a term I find demeaning and detestable), but rather, an eight-step guide on how to become one. Perhaps the ridicule was subtle, as I am wont to believe it is, as I cannot reasonably conceive of the editorial board approving of this. Yet, there are impressionable people out there, something proved by the interviewee. If a single person uses this service due to persuasion by this paper, intentional or unintentional, then The Red & Black has done that person an unforgivable disservice.
— David Douds is a senior from Woodstock majoring in philosophy and German”
Longtime self-taught musician plays “gospel ninja soul” by The Red and BlackSep 27, 2011 “Zach Deputy has been singing since he could remember his name.
Zach Deputy forewent musical school, choosing instead to let his spiritual songwriting grow out of personal experience. Courtesy Zach Deputy
He began playing professionally when he was 16, and later pursued a music career.
“I was on my way to the Governor’s School of Arts in South Carolina to audition for a special school for gifted students,” Deputy said. “If I got that scholarship, I should have had a free ride all the way to Berkeley.”
But the universe had another plan for him, and hit him head-on with it.
“Instead, I got in a huge car accident that should have killed me but I was relatively unmarked at all,” he said. “Getting in a head-on collision, flipping 14 or 15 times and almost dying made me reevaluate life. Realizing that there was no reason I should be alive was a good moment, a turning point.”
He decided not to go to music school.
“I would have learned music in a different way,” he said. “I would have perceived music as a physical thing.”
What resulted from the decision was his nationally-acclaimed “dance music for the soul.”
“It’s a new type of music,” Deputy said. “Zachaerobics.”
He also refers to his music as “gospel ninja soul,” which is influenced by his spirituality.
“I write about life and I try to write about it in its entireity,” he said.
His lyrics are also largely influenced by emotions.
“I write about anything related to the most important things in life,” he said. “What was and what will be good things in life, like love, which can be interpreted in so many ways. It can be painful, it can be happy. It always has a deep emotional contact.”
And when performances go well, it brings Deputy euphoria.
“I would equate it to a runner’s high,” he said. “The way runners explain the high is that everything is perfect and nothing can go wrong. You literally feel like you can’t mess up, that everything’s perfect.”
Now, Deputy will be returning to Athens to play New Earth Music Hall for the first time.
“[Athens] is one of the first places I ever played back when I booked myself,” Deputy said. “I played at a restaurant, it was awesome”
He also played at the Georgia Theatre a week before it burned down.
For his performances this week, he’ll be ditching the band and playing solo.
“I like playing songs,” he said. “So I really like playing with a band, it’s fun to feed off of other people’s energy on-stage. But I love the solo thing too.”
For him, performing songs is like recalling good memories.
“If I’m really feeling a song, I can almost forget about reality,” he said. “I’m so invested in the song for recapturing the idea of what the song was. To me, songs are memories. If I’m playing a song really well it’s like living a memory.”
He has, however, had some less euphoric experiences.
The day before a festival, he had to have his wisdom teeth pulled.
“I’m sitting there beatboxing — I had like five shows a day — and my stitches kept re-opening,” Deputy said. “I kept bleeding from the mouth and having to spit blood. But I kept my game face and not let everyone know what I was going through.”
Another time, he ripped his pants on stage.
“I wasn’t wearing boxers so I called my stage manager over and asked him to grab me some gaff tape,” he said. “So we had to put black gaff tape over my crotch. I told everyone what was going on on-stage. It was kinda funny, it looked like a black censor bar like girls gone wild, except it was to cover my wiener. That was embarrassing.”
Where: New Earth When: 9 p.m. Price: $8 (18+)”
Red & Black Sunday, Sept. 25 by The Red and BlackSep 25, 2011 “BEER ANYONE?
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Becoming a major in sculpture is not as simple as it used to be.
Gimme some sugar: Student skips loan, finds sugar daddy
For one University student, sex and $10,000 is in the job description. This student found her sugar daddy and become a sugar baby. Read more
GIRL GONE WILD: Alleged student goes viral with half-truths
Courtney Messerschmidt started as a joke. The author of foreign policy blog “Great Satan’s Girlfriend,” Messerschmidt claimed to be a 21-year-old University socialite who sought knowledge between parties. Read more
Students weigh love for major against money concerns
Generation Vexed: that’s the name the used to describe the peculiar condition of our generation’s bleak outlook on the future. Because the recovering economy leaves grim job prospects for recent college graduates, the LA Times said more and more students are choosing majors for which they feel no passion, hoping to secure prosperous careers after college. Read more
Crowell strong as Bulldogs stop Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. — With just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, true freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell stood a few yards deep in his own end zone awaiting a hand-off from quarterback Aaron Murray. The Bulldog offense was facing 3rd and 9 from their own 2-yard line on a drive that had started two plays earlier just a few feet from their own goal line. Read more
Game Rewind: Top players and plays
What were the top moments and players Saturday? Take a look. Read more Sunday crossword? Yes It’s a sleepy Sunday morning, wake up your mind with the Red & Black weekend crossword. Play here”
Athens Volunteer Fair showcases good causes by The Red and BlackSep 19, 2011 “The Tate Center Grand Hall was overrun today by a combination of booths, dogs and pre-Halloween costumes in the name of helping the community come together for the first Athens Volunteer Fair.
The University's Center for Leadership and Service joined forces with HandsOn Northeast Georgia to present the volunteer fair at Tate on Monday. SARAH OSBOURNE/Staff
Rick Gray, senior coordinator of the Center for Leadership and Service, said this fair is a collaboration between his office and the HandsOn Northeast Georgia to expose the greater Athens community to volunteer efforts, which run the gamut from hunger-fighting initiatives like the University’s branch of the Campus Kitchen Project to health-oriented groups like the March of Dimes.
“It’s a way to target both the community and students, faculty and staff,” Gray said. “We wanted to bridge that gap.”
The Center for Leadership and Service previously hosted a student-focused Volunteer Fairs on campus, while HandsOn Northeast Georgia organized its own fairs at the Classic Center to bring in year-round Athens residents.
More than 60 groups tabled at the fair to discuss their mission statements and upcoming events with prospective members.
Gray said about 10 of them were student groups, the rest being local, state and national nonprofits that opted in to the event through the Volunteer Connect web site.
Though over 100 nonprofits use the site, Gray said Volunteer Connect is for everyone who is interested in spreading word about their cause.
“Student organizations can also create profiles and post events, so it’s not just for nonprofit groups,” he said. Volunteer Connect also gives students with the time and the drive a chance to learn more about local efforts to contribute to a cause.
The Rose of Athens Theatre brought colorful costumes to its booth, while the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind showed off their up-and-coming people-helpers
AthFest director Jared Bailey and volunteer coordinator Sarah Ashton. drew attention to the upcoming GA Half Marathon on October 22 and 23, which will contribute to the AthFest Educates! program.
According to Bailey, AthFest Educates! has a presence in every elementary school in Athens-Clarke County and has also branded out into Oconee, Oglethorpe and Putnam, exposing young children to the musical arts.
“I think it’s a real shame that schools are cutting music and arts,” Bailey said. “Kids who have a musical outlet are more likely to stay in school and graduate.”
Ashton said AthFest has also cooperated with the UGA String Project to buy violins, violas and cellos for local schools and Nuci’s Space to help lower-income children pay for musical camp scholarships.
Bailey said volunteers would have the chance to help out at the AthFest music festival working booths and the like or manning hydration stations and medical stations during the Half Marathon.
The fair also offered greener groups like Animal Advocates a chance to put their name in the pool.
Member Tatum Mortimer, a microbiology and genetics double-major from Waleska, said Animal Advocates is focused on ensuring animal welfare mostly through collective volunteer efforts at local animal shelters, although the group is also dedicated to encouraging spaying and neutering.
Mortimer said there are plans for an adoption day at the Tate Plaza later this year, which will give students the chance to rescue animals contributed by Animal Control.
“I’m really passionate about adopting over buying so we can save some lives,” she said.
Drew Richardson, a senior biology major from Tifton, attended the fair not to spread the word but to give himself to a cause that would help Athens.
He said that even though selfless efforts were a resume-builder, that wasn’t his major motivation for attending.
“It’s natural to want to be involved in your community,” he said.
Though Richardson said he would like to become a part of something related to his interest in dental work, it was the Bear Hollow Zoo that had caught his eye the most.
Carley Barrelli, a freshman biology major from Alpharetta, said her interest in the Thomas Lay After-School Program stems from similar interests in high school.
She said she would relish the chance to work with a student and watch him or her grow.
It is in that same spirit that Gray has worked to make the Volunteer Fair a reality. Thought he acknowledged new skills as an important part of anyone’s growth, Gray said the true benefit of volunteering was the exposure to people and circumstances that differ from their own. “Our office believes students learn a lot about themselves and the world when they interact with people,” Gray said.”
Greeks Done Good: Phi Gamma Delta short-listed for national awards by The Red and BlackSep 11, 2011 “The Kappa Deuteron Chapter of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Georgia has risen through the ranks to become one of the most decorated fraternities on Milledge Avenue.
Kappa Deuteron has won the Baker Cup, a national Phi Gamma Delta award, four out of the last five years. EVAN STICHLER/StaffPhi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, was recently awarded thirs-place in the Cheney Cup, a national award given by Phi Gamma Delta to the national fraternity's most academically outstanding chapter.
Neil Bitting, president of the chapter and a senior political science major from Augusta, said Phi Gamma Delta has won the Cheney Cup twelve times in its history as a fraternity on campus.
“It basically meas they take everything into account — academics, philanthropy, the internal workings of the fraternity and our relations with new members,” he said. “It’s kind of a culmination of all the chapter’s work all year.”
The Kappa Deuteron chapter won third place honors fraternity-wide in the Cheney Cup as Phi Gamma Delta’s most outstanding undergraduate chapter, an award Bitting said the chapter has won four out of the last five years. Also at the national convention the Kappa Deuteron Chapter received an Honorable Mention for the Baker Cup, an award given to chapters with outstanding philanthropic efforts and social service. The Kappa Deuteron chapter also received an Honorable Mention for the Brightman Trophy, an award given to the fraternity chapter with the highest academic scholarship among all national chapters. “We’re always excited when we do well because it means e’re being recognized for that which we do as an organization,” Bitting said.”
Rutherford students band to try and save historic dorm by The Red and BlackSep 11, 2011 “Friday residents of Rutherford Hall, in conjunction with the Student Historic Preservation Organization, participated in the “This Place Matters” program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Students gather in front Rutherford Hall Friday afternoon. Photo submitted by Kyle Bradley Campbell
The program is an opportunity to highlight the places in the Athens community that matter to us and we feel that Rutherford is a prime example. In the coming days Rutherford will be added to the National Trusts “This Place Matters” map, the first such listing for a site in Athens.
The students created signs and posters that are displayed in the dorms windows. Some signs simply state “This Place Matters” while many others poignantly say “Home.” The Student Historic Preservation Organization loaned a large banner to the cause while the Rutherford students painted a large tire, representing the impending demolition equipment, with the “This Place Matters” slogan. The tire will remain on the rear of Rutherford as a silent witness to the historic dorms plight.
Judging by the strong sense of community demonstrated here tonight it is clear that Rutherford is a place that matters. We hope that the administration will recognize the value of that community and allow Rutherford to matter for generations to come. “It was obvious by meeting with the students who live in Rutherford Hall that they consider Rutherford much more than just a temporary place to live,” said Josh Baum UGA student, member Student historic Preservation Organization. “Through the atmosphere in the air and their attitude of camaraderie, you could tell that it is more than a dorm, it is a home. Its their home.” - Kyle Bradley Campbell is the president of the Student Historic Preservation Organization.”
Kicker commit Marshall Morgan liked what Richt ‘stood for’ by The Red and BlackSep 02, 2011 “Senior kickers Blair Walsh and Drew Butler have left no doubt for the University of Georgia football team that the kicking game is amongst the best nationwide heading into the 2011 season.
Walsh has started for three years at UGA, and has connected on 55 of 68 field goal attempts for his career, an impressive 81-percent success rate. Eight of those misses came in his freshman season, meaning Walsh has only missed five field goals in the past two seasons.
Butler sat behind senior punter Brian Mimbs his first year on campus, only to lead the nation in average yards per punt his first season starting [48 yards per punt average] and subsequently finishing 17 th nationally last season.
All of that is fine and dandy for the Dawgs heading into the new season, but after Walsh and Butler graduate, UGA won’t have any returning kickers currently on roster who are on scholarship.
Enter class of 2012 UGA commitments Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber, two of the nation’s top rated kickers.
Both claim that they are solid to the Bulldogs, and Morgan went into further depth discussing why he decided to pledge to UGA.
“Number one I always liked Georgia and what they stood for. Coach [Mark] Richt is a Christian guy and I like his beliefs,” Morgan said to the Red and Black. “I also wanted to play in the SEC, which is big time football. And the starting spot looks more promising because Blair and Drew Butler are leaving.”
Morgan seems to be confident in possibly playing early for a reason. In his junior season he connected on 15 of 16 field goals — seven beyond 40 yards — and, he averaged 44.3 yards per punt and 98 percent of his kickoffs went into or out of the end zone.
Kicking off shouldn’t be a problem at the college level, Morgan said.
“Right now I think I’m ready for kickoffs,” Morgan said. “My coach has me kicking from the 30 yard line already and they are sailing five or six yards deep in the end zone.”
Despite such impressive numbers, Morgan is keeping a level head and knows he must work for the starting job.
“Nothing is guaranteed because there is me and Collin Barber. I don’t want to say I have the starting spot, because I want to work for it, but I believe that if I do my best maybe I can get that spot,” Morgan said.
Morgan isn’t the only of the two who can handle kicking, punting and kickoff duties. Barber made a school record 54-yard field goal, had 80 percent of his kickoffs land in the end zone, and has been known to have a five second hang time on his punts. The average NFL punters hang time is roughly 4.6 seconds.
Both have been keeping in touch with each other as of late as well.
“I’ve talked with [Collin] through Facebook,” Morgan said. “We’re both on the same page and can’t wait to get there. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together so we’re getting to know each other. He seems like a good guy and he likes the same stuff I do.”
Some fans may not view kickers as positions of extreme importance, but Morgan begs to differ.
“Kickers and the quarterbacks have the most pressure,” Morgan said. “It’s more mental as opposed to the other positions being more physical. You only have a couple of chances as a kicker in a game. You basically have to be perfect every time.”
Israelis need to look beyond themselves by The Red and BlackAug 30, 2011 “My favorite aspect of Judaism is tikkun olam — a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world.”
Long ago, the world was broken into pieces, leading to chaos and discord.
Jews are taught that it is our job to put the pieces back together and make the world whole again.
In Israel today, a mass movement is emerging with the goal of tikkun olam in mind. But the movement is missing a significant opportunity.
On-going Israeli demonstrations against the government began in July and have grown in both participation and scope since then.
The movement now numbers hundreds of thousands of angry citizens that are demanding an end to poor working conditions, high costs of education, unaffordable housing and rising gas prices.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been feeding his people a steady diet of upper-class tax cuts and privatization. But the people do not care about private profit. They want to repair their broken lives.
It is tempting to mount comparisons between Israel’s housing protests and the Egyptian revolution. After all, both movements utilized social networking, were organized mostly by young people and were inspired by outrageous costs of living.
But that’s where the similarities end.
Whereas the Egyptian revolution rebuilt its society from the ground-up, the Israeli protests have intentionally ignored the elephant in the room — the plight of the Palestinians.
Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have been marginalized and ignored by the demonstrators, even though their living conditions are far worse than Israeli Jews. Palestinians face evictions, housing demolition, forced displacement and targeted discrimination by the Israeli government. And yet their concerns are largely ignored by the demonstrations.
The Israeli housing protest is a cynical struggle where the somewhat privileged demand even more privilege on the backs of the not-at-all privileged.
This would be like the 19th century abolitionist movement fighting to alleviate poverty for southern whites while ignoring the issue of slavery entirely.
The demonstrations amount to little more than a Band-Aid solution.
To fulfill their moral obligation to tikkun olam, Israeli Jews must challenge the racial oppression upon which their society is built. Hard-line Zionists rationalize this oppression by claiming because Jews have suffered, we must spread the suffering to others. They are not repairing the world. They are keeping it broken. Perhaps it is time for Jews to realize we are not altogether different than gentiles. We cannot heal the world for ourselves if we ignore the suffering of others.
Chaos and discord is not confined to Israel. Here in Athens, we face similar economic woes.
Despite the benefits of the University and a college educated workforce, Clarke County has a 24 percent poverty rate – not counting students, according to the Athens Banner Herald (“Economic study in; will A-C act this time?”, Aug. 21).
We students tend to focus on our own concerns. We find it hard to step out of our bubble and see the suffering existing right outside of campus. We worry about paying for tuition, class schedules, rent and bills.
We fret over changes in the HOPE Scholarship and burdensome student fees. Yet we often fail to recognize our somewhat privileged position as University students. While our University lavishes funding onto sports and the administration, we have very little left over for workers.
As we worry about class schedules, we forget that undocumented immigrants were recently banned from the University.
Because the students, faculty and staff are so concerned with making the University a better place, are we forgetting the not-at-all privileged?
As the largest employer in Athens, the University has a responsibility to its community.
As students, we have an obligation to make our city a better place to live for all.
And as human beings, we have a duty to take this broken world and put it back together again. And we cannot do this alone.
Tikkun olam is all our responsibility.
Whether the conflict is between Jews and Arabs in Israel or University students and the Athens community, we must put aside our differences and make things right.
Together, we can leave the world better than we found it.
— Jonathan Rich is a senior from Alpharetta majoring in sociology ”
GRE changes to affect graduate school hopefuls by The Red and BlackAug 23, 2011 “August is turning out to be a bad month for future graduate students.
Changes to the three sections of the GRE will affect admissions for those applying to graduate school from Aust 2011 onwards. Sample question/Kaplan Test Prep
This month begins the new format of the Graduate Record Examinations, or GRE, the standardized test required for graduate school applicants.
Earlier this month, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which cut subsidized loans and ended loan repayment incentives for graduate students beginning July 2012.
Joe Toddy, a senior from Alpharetta majoring in astrophysics, said he took the exam this month, after contemplating whether or not he should take the old version in May.
“I thought it was really easy,” he said. “The computer interface was fine — obviously it was easier than filling in a scantron.”
Toddy, who has been considering applying to the Georgia Institue of Technology or Clemson University for graduate school, said he liked that he could type in his essay questions.
The changes to the exam, which include more reasoning questions in the verbal section and a more rigorous math section which makes the test an hour longer, are a result of requests from graduate schools to make the exam a more accurate test of students’ skills.
“If you think about the exam, it wasn’t a predictor of how well students did,” said Lee Weiss, director of graduate programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “There was a lot of emphasis on vocabulary. Now, there are new questions that involve comprehension.”
Weiss said the Graduate Management Admissions Test, or GMAT, is still being accepted by business schools, but the GRE is becoming an alternative. The changes to the math section would be a more accurate indicator of student preparedness for business school admissions.
“To get into business school, you will need a more rigorous exam,” Weiss said. “To that end, [Educational Testing Services] has made a broader exam.”
Though there are not many changes to the analytical writing portion of the exam, Weiss noted ETS made the writing prompts more specific.
“What ETS found was that applicants have a prepared answer and were going in and writing it,” he said.
In addition to changes to the test itself, Weiss said the new exam is easier to use, saying students are now able to skip an answer and go back to it. The exam will have a built-in calculator, though Weiss said it is not meant to be a crutch.
“It won’t be useful in solving problems all the way out because the GRE is a test of problem solving, not computing,” he said.
The exam scoring has also changed, something Weiss said would more benefit graduate schools.
The scale now operates on a 130 to 170 scoring range which produces 41 possible scores, as opposed to 61 possible scores on the 180 to 200 range. The scoring scale for the writing portion remains the same, with scoring on a 0 to 6 scale.
“This changed because we wanted to create less scores,” Weiss said. “Graduate schools wanted to be able to tell a small difference between scores and a large difference between scores.”
Despite the score changes, Weiss said it’s the percentiles graduate programs will focus on more than individual scores.
Toddy said his one complaint with the test was that he didn’t get his scores right after he finished.
“They showed us a range out of 100, but it was based on the old test,” he said.
Students who take the test between August and November will have their tests scored in November or December. Those taking the test in December will receive their results immediately.
Changes to the Verbal Section
No more vocabulary-based questions
No more analogies
More reasoning questions
A second portion added
Changes to the Math Section
A second portion added
Calculator included on exam
Changes to the Analytical Writing section
Prompts are more specific
Free Practice Exam
Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Miller Learning Center visit www.kaplan.com/gre for more information”
There’s a new HOPE in town by The Red and BlackAug 09, 2011 “There’s a new HOPE in town, and it’s different from the HOPE program that students once knew.
By understanding the new HOPE, students can avoid the unwelcome—and expensive—surprise of a downgrade in scholarship status.
First, students should find out their HOPE GPA, which has been a component of the scholarship program since 2007. Its impact is greater now that the requirements for the full scholarship are more rigorous.
Some high schools weight GPAs based on AP, IB, and honors classes, and other high schools do not. The HOPE GPA attempts to put all high school GPAs on the same scale by using a standardized formula to weigh grades. Students concerned about their HOPE status should request their HOPE GPA from the Office of Student Financial Aid since it may not be the same GPA they received from their high schools.
The HOPE GPA will be used to determine which students qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, which covers 100 percent of tuition. Students must have graduated from high school with a HOPE GPA of 3.7 in addition to an SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 26.
The University is researching all students’ high school HOPE GPAs and test scores to determine their eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship.
Students must also maintain a 3.3 GPA while in college to continue to receive the scholarship.
The HOPE scholarship will cover 90 percent of tuition for students who graduated high school with a 3.0 GPA and maintained it in college.
The University will evaluate GPAs at the end of spring semester every year. Students who fall below the 3.0 GPA mark will have one chance to regain the scholarship at the next spring evaluation. Students who lose HOPE more than once will not be eligible to regain it. Neither HOPE nor the Zell Miller Scholarship will provide funds for books and fees. Students who have questions about their scholarship eligibility should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.”
We’re No. 2? UGA drops a spot in party rankings by The Red and BlackAug 01, 2011 “Athens remains the home of the No. 1 party school in the country, just not Athens, Ga. But Athens, Ga. is not far behind.
Ohio University was named the nation’s No. 1 party school by a Princeton Review survey, pushing Georgia down a slot to No. 2 in the 2011 poll released Monday. Ohio University has made the party school list 12 times since 1997, but has never before reached the top.
Rounding out the top five this year were No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 4 University of Iowa and No. 5 University of California Santa Barbara.
Georgia also ranked No. 6 in best campus food and lots of hard liquor, No. 9 in lots of beer and best health services, No.10 in major frat and sorority scene and No. 15 in jock schools, students study the least and best athletic facilities.
The Princeton Review survey is part of its 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” which includes 61 other rankings in categories such as best professors (Wellesley College in Massachusetts), most beautiful campus (Florida Southern College) best campus food (Wheaton College in Illinois) and highest financial aid satisfaction (Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania).
Brigham Young University in Utah tops the list of stone-cold sober schools for the 14th straight year.
The guide’s rankings are based on email surveys voluntarily filled out by 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges across the country. On average, about 325 students from each campus respond, and university administrators often call the rankings unscientific and say they glorify dangerous behavior.
The Princeton Review, not affiliated with Princeton University, is a Massachusetts-based company known for its test preparation courses educational services and books. It has put out its best colleges guide since 1992. The Associated Press contributed to this report.”
Mailbox—July 28 by The Red and BlackJul 29, 2011 “Email and letters from our readers
Only at the University is seven hours the equivalent of 15; discrepancy frustrating
I don’t know if you are aware, though you probably are, of the University’s new cost of tuition policy. Basically, any amount of hours taken over six hours, and the University will charge you full tuition. I was originally taking seven hours for just two classes, which anywhere else in a world where common sense rules would be considered half time and charged tuition for half time accordingly.
When the Board of Regents and University President Michael Adams approved this price hike, I wonder if they understood the true fallout of their actions. I received a notice from FinAid regarding the fact that although I was charged over $4,000 for fall semester tuition, they would not be providing me with Stafford Loan funds for full tuition. I would be receiving Stafford Loan funds for the amount of hours I was taking, which is woefully short of the cost I was being gouged by the University.
So, while the Regents and President Adams see my seven hours of classes and tell me I’m attending full time and charge me accordingly, the Feds see my seven hours of classes and tell me I’m attending seven hours of classes and give me the loan money according to seven hours.
I know I cannot be the only student scrambling to find a way to pay the remainder of the balance in this situation. I know I am not the only student who is outraged by the complete and utter lack of common sense of the Regents and President Adams, because the Federal Stafford Loan Program’s rules actually do make sense, leaving the Regents and President Adams looking like fools.
I have decided to more than double my class load for Fall semester so I can simply pay for the two classes I actually need to graduate. This will cause my grades to suffer as well as my quality of life, because I will either have to work less or sleep less, and I honestly don’t know if I can afford to do either.
The actions of the Regents and President Adams in this regard are shameful, deceitful, and suffer from complete stupidity. I guess in his zeal to make the University a premier University, President Adams is willing to sacrifice all manor of common sense and even basic mathematics skills.
Only at UGA does seven equal 15.
Alumni: Decision to demolish dorm may be necessary one
Though I understand the argument that Rutherford Hall is historic and should be kept intact, I want to point out that it really isn’t fair to have students living there unless it is completely overhauled. When I resided in Rutherford, the bathrooms were very poorly taken care of, there were rodents in our A/C unit, we experienced several ant infestations and sickening mold problems, and the humidity was so bad that water would drip down the walls.
If the University can renovate this building to make it more accommodating and comfortable, then I am completely supportive of that plan. But if it cannot be fixed up to be of the same quality as the newer dorms on campus, we cannot keep it around and continue to place unsuspecting students in its rooms. I know that some people have great memories in this building, but this is a comfort as well as a health issue for current residents. It’s as simple as that.
Mallory Verner Alumni, Charleston, SC Marketing and telecommunication arts”
World Cup important for Japanese morale by The Red and BlackJul 22, 2011 “The Women’s World Cup Final was advertised as a clash between two teams under pressure. For the Japanese women, the game was to be the culmination of their heroic campaign to restore hope and pride within their earthquake-ravaged country. For the American women, this game was their chance to finally step from behind the shadow of the American team who won the same tournament a decade ago.
But how were we supposed to root for the Americans?
On one side was Japan.
Japan had never reached the semi-finals, let alone been crowned champions, and they had far more to worry about. In March, a massive earthquake resulted in a tsunami that wiped out entire Japanese cities. One Japanese defender, Aya Sameshima, used to work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to earn a living, which was shredded in the disaster.
Their players averaged a height of 5’0” and demonstrated the type of kindness and sportsmanship that’s been completely forgotten on today’s world stage.
After their victory over Sweden in the semi-finals, the Japanese team held a banner on the field, thanking their “friends around the world” for their support during Japan’s disaster.
On the other side was America.
Around the time Sameshima worked at the nuclear plant, many American players such as Alex Morgan and Lauren Cheney were enrolled on soccer scholarships at state universities, driving their daddy’s cars and listening to Ke$ha.
We didn’t need to win. And it’s not like we don’t have our trophies. The United States just won the tournament a decade ago. In fact, we’ve won two of the six Women’s World Cups ever played.
Only Americans, spoiled with championships and university degrees could be disappointed with Japan’s victory. The Japanese deserved a victory.
They wanted it more. They needed it more. Their triumph united Japan once again and said far more about human capability under pressure than an American victory ever could.
The only disappointment here is the fact that women’s soccer in America, which often sets the standard for women’s sports worldwide, just took another devastating blow.
Our 1999 World Cup championship spurred the launch of the Women’s United Soccer Association in the United States, the world’s first professional women’s soccer league. Top players joined, fans
showed up for games, and the sport temporarily gained popularity. But public excitement from the 1999 World Cup fizzled out, and the league shut down after three seasons.
No doubt another American World Cup championship would have once again given life to the sport in this country, and thereby the world. But it was not to be. But don’t feel bad for the American team. They’ll get by. They’ll go home to their stable families, train hard and come back in four years for the next World Cup. Now is the time to feel good for the Japanese heroes, who despite their devastated country, return home with a trophy and sense of hope.”
Pepperdine administrator named chief information officer at UGA by The Red and BlackJul 18, 2011 “Timothy M. Chester, vice provost for academic administration and chief information officer at Pepperdine University, has been named chief information officer for the University following a national search. Timothy Chester
He succeeds Barbara A. White, who has served as CIO since October 2004 and earlier this year announced her intention to step down from that post. Chester’s appointment is effective Sept. 15.
“Dr. Chester’s strong background is a great match with what we were looking for in a candidate for this position,” said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Chester will report. “He has demonstrated that he has the ability to develop and implement plans for future information technologies and to work well with faculty, administration, students and staff.”
As UGA’s chief information officer, Chester will be responsible for leadership and management of the university’s information technology strategies and programs, and will direct UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Services unit. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of several ongoing and planned major IT initiatives in the areas of student information and financial aid systems, learning technologies management, financial and administrative systems, and research computing.
“In consultation with senior administrators and faculty, he will provide vision and strategic development in these critical areas consistent with the changing needs of the university,” Morehead said.
Chester came to Pepperdine from Texas A&M University, where he was a project leader in Computing & Information Services from 1997-2003 before being named chief information officer of the university’s branch campus in Qatar, where new engineering programs were being launched. In 2007, he was named Pepperdine’s chief information officer and was promoted to his current position there in 2009.
“Information technology development and support are key to the successful operation and advancement of a leading research university,” said President Michael F. Adams. “With the coming institution of a new Student Information System, the CIO is a particularly critical leadership position at UGA. We are pleased to welcome Timothy Chester to the team. His extensive experience in similar positions at Pepperdine and at Texas A&M will be a valuable addition to our UGA information technology efforts.” Chester has published articles in the areas of leadership strategy and promotion of organizational change for information technology organizations in higher education. He has been involved with EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association that promotes the use of information technology to advance higher education, serving on the editorial board of EDUCAUSE Quarterly from 2003-2006 and chairing the board from 2007-2008. He is currently a member of the Internet2/EDUCAUSE Network Council. Chester earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1991, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1995 and 1999 respectively.”
University alumnus hopes to secure student vote in House district election by The Red and BlackJul 18, 2011 “Dan Matthews moved to Athens as a student in 1981 and now wants to bring student voices to lawmakers in Atlanta.
On July 19, Matthews will be running as the Democratic candidate in the special run-off election for Georgia House District 113. His opponent, Republican Chuck Williams, is predicted to have more support in the historically Republican county — Matthews hopes he can persuade constituents to vote according to issues and not partisan lines. Dan Matthews
Matthews, a University graduate, portrays himself as the student’s candidate. He was raised in Iowa and upon moving to Athens, he majored in telecommunications arts major and minored in history, music business and political science.
“I think I’m more in touch with the students, having been a University of Georgia student back in the 80s,” Matthews said, “I have a better appreciation for what the students are going through in terms of trying to find jobs.”
One of his biggest priorities is to attract high paying, high-tech jobs to District 113 through industries such as biofuel, competitive cycling, research and tourism. But, Matthews said attracting businesses would take a lot of work from the local and state governments to improve infrastructure such as the safety of Highway 316.
“We don’t have the infrastructure, we don’t have sewage, and it’d be nice if we had a train that could take people between Athens and Atlanta,” Matthews said.
In addition to stimulating the 113th district’s economy by improving infrastructure, Matthews is also concerned with the recently changed HOPE criteria. Ideally, he would lower the grade point average back to 3.2 to prevent grade inflation. He said this would maintain the quality of education provided by public schools in Georgia.
Matthews would also like to make the HOPE scholarship more accessible to lower-income students by setting a parental income cap for the scholarship – “if [the parents are] making $140,000 each, I don’t think that they need to necessarily be eligible for the HOPE scholarship,” he said.
Rising senior and political science major Onica Matsika volunteered on Matthews’s campaign – “HOPE is a big issue, being able to grandfather in the tuition guarantee.”
Matsika expressed her biggest incentive for supporting Matthews was his representation of students at the capitol.
Matthew’s campaign has focused on local issues that predominantly affect University students and recent graduates who want to live in the Athens area.
Matsika, campaign chair for Young Democrats of Georgia, acts as a liaison between students and Matthews’s campaign. She connects the Young Democrats with campaigns so they can gain real political experience. “I think we’ve had as many as ten to fifteen different [students working on the campaign], and every day I meet someone new and different,” Matthews said. “The Young Democrats have done a great job.” According to polls, Matthews will be at a disadvantage in the election for District 113, but he is hoping that his special connection with students will be what wins this election.”
Diversity scholarship dropped by Athletic Association for Adams’ raise (w/documents) by The Red and BlackJul 01, 2011 “The proposal was tucked away, back on page 58 of the 80-page document, on the agenda for the Georgia Board of Regents’ June meeting.
“Recommended: That the Board amend its Lease Agreement with the University of Georgia Athletic Association Inc. to remove the requirement that the Athletic Association contribute to the University’s One Diversity Scholarship Program and to provide for the Athletic Association’s support of the University’s administrative leadership.”
“The recommendation was that they wanted to increase the salary for Dr. Adams,” said John Vanchella, director of strategic communications for the Regents.
But in doing so, the Georgia Athletic Association went from sponsoring a scholarship which benefits more than 100 students to granting University President Michael Adams a $50,000 raise. The deal proves fruitful to Adams and the Athletic Association — it gives the president a boost to his deferred compensation plan and could save the Athletic Association hundreds of thousands of dollars — but leaves a student diversity scholarship twisting in uncertainty, with no one sure who will govern it going forward.
Juan Carlos Cardoza-Oquendo, a rising senior and member of Georgia Students for Public Higher Education, thinks the move is not good for the University’s image.
“The fact that no one really knows who’s going to fund the scholarship now reflects poorly on the University and on it’s so-called commitment to diversity,” he said.
The One UGA Scholarship is offered to academically competitive students who come from low income and low resource backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to go to college or students who come from high schools where the University doesn’t traditionally enroll many students. Qualified students are granted an annual $1,500, which is renewable for four years if academic standards are met.
The program began as a privately funded scholarship in 2006, but the Athletic Association picked it up in 2007 and made a $250,000 cash payment. In the following years, the scholarship was funded through UGAA’s royalty income – a percentage of money athletics gets from the purchase of merchandise bearing the Georgia logo.
“The deal was [the Athletic Association] would contribute to it the first year with a cash payment and starting in year two, they would agree to a change in the distribution formula for those royalties,” said Tim Burgess, senior vice president for finance and administration as well as treasurer for the Athletic Association’s board of directors.
Patrick Winter, senior associate director of University Admissions, said 30 to 40 incoming freshmen typically receive the award each year. The first two years that the Athletic Association sponsored the award, the number of recipients exceeded the average, as 73 students received the award in 2007 and 43 students received it in 2008. But the number has dwindled in the last two years — 24 students received it in 2010 and 28 in 2011.
If every student who won the award in the past four years kept the scholarship (168 students), the cost to the Athletic Association would have totaled $252,000 in fiscal year 2011. According to financial information submitted by the Athletic Association to the NCAA, the UGAA brought in $89.7 million in revenue in FY10 and ended the year with a surplus of $12.5 million. The Athletic Association spent more on two assistant coaches for the gymnastics team ($256,673) than it could have spent to fund the One UGA Scholarship. Conversely, UGAA collected $3.2 million in student fees, according to the documents.
So now that the Athletic Association has passed on the scholarship, who pays for it going forward?
According to the Regents’ agenda item detailing the change, a University cooperative organization was to assume responsibility for contributing to the scholarship. But neither John Millsaps, spokesman for the Board of Regents, nor Winter knew for certain which organization is in charge of funding it.
“The way that scholarships work here at UGA is that they are not University dollars, so it’s not UGA money that funds those scholarships, but it’s always either a private foundation or through the University of Georgia Foundation or some outside entity,” Winter said.
A University of Georgia Foundation representative confirmed the fundraising organization is now responsible for the scholarship, but didn’t divulge any details about how the Foundation intends to pay for the scholarship.
As for Adams, his salary bump of $50,000 comes as deferred compensation, increasing his annual payout from $150,000 to $200,000. The hike makes him the highest paid president in the system with a salary of $660,318 and takes effect Friday. Adams chairs the Athletic Association board, but was absent when it decided to grant him the raise.
“It’s not a check (Adams) gets every year,” Millsaps said. “It’s a check he’ll be receiving upon his leaving the presidency.”
Allie McCullen, a 2011 University graduate and GSPHE member, thinks students should have reasonable means of accessing the Regents — especially when their decision directly affects the student body.
“I don’t think student representation on the Board of Regents would solve everything, but it would be a step in the right direction in terms of having more democratic procedures in the University System,” she said. Lease amendment change between Board of Regents and Georgia Athletic Association UGA Atheletic Association Financial Forms, FY10”
Dropping the pass: The UGA Athletic Association is tossing a diversity scholarship to someone else by The Red and BlackJul 01, 2011 “Though the Athletic Association found funding to give University President Michael Adams a $50,000 raise earlier this month, it is coming up short for scholarship money.
That’s right. The Athletic Association has decided to dump a scholarship that costs the organization at most $252,000 onto the University of Georgia Foundation — but no specific details about the scholarship’s future were given.
Here’s the thing. Most groups are struggling to make it through the recession. The UGAA is not one of them. The organization brought in $89.7 million in revenue last year. They retained a surplus of $12.5 million.
Why on Earth then would the UGAA go ahead with cutting a scholarship awarded to “academically outstanding incoming students who will contribute to the diversity of the freshmen class?”
And then it has no plan for who will continue to fund scholarships for these students who rely on the One UGA Scholarship to pay for books, tuition and living expenses.
These are tough times for those of us who don’t have the luxury of a few extra million dollars. With a rough economy and a dwindled HOPE scholarship, a lot of us are having to scramble. It doesn’t help when an organization such as
UGAA unnecessarily cuts strings that are keeping us afloat.
We’re their fans. If we can’t afford to go here, then they have empty stands to fill.
There’s also an unfortunate message being sent about the value of diversity. While the University is going about celebrating 50 years of desegregation, the UGAA is sending the message that diversity is not worth funding — even if there’s money to fund it. This appears to be one of the worst public relations gaffes of the year from a group that generally knows what it is doing. This whole decision makes no sense.”
UGA law professor Anne Proffitt Dupre dies at 58 by The Red and BlackJun 28, 2011 “Anne Proffitt Dupre, a University law professor since 1994 and a nationally recognized expert in education law and policy, died June 22 following a hard-fought battle with metastatic small cell cervical cancer. She was 58.
Anne Proffitt Dupre
Throughout her life Dupre proved herself to be a top-rate scholar and mentor to her students, becoming a published author and garnering several honors for her accomplishments. In 2004 she was appointed to the J. Alton Hosch Professorship, becoming the fourth woman in Georgia Law history to be appointed to an endowed position.
Teaching education law, children and the law and contracts, Dupre was author of Speaking Up: The Unintended Costs of Free Speech in Public Schools (Harvard University Press, 2009), co-author of the casebook Children and the Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis), and published numerous articles and book chapters.
Dupre was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in history and psychology. She received her law degree from UGA, where she graduated first in her class and served as editor in chief of the Georgia Law Review.
From there Dupre served as a judicial clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun following her clerkship with Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge before joining the faculty at Georgia Law.
While at Georgia, Dupre was awarded several honors. She received the Blue Key Young Alumnus Award and was honored by law students with the Faculty Book Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John C. O’Byrne Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Faculty-Student Relations. A Senior Fellow for the UGA Institute of Higher Education, Dupre was co-director of the Education Law Consortium, which she founded with John Dayton of the University College of Education. As an International Fellow of the University, Dupre extended her research to Argentina, where she visited and studied the Argentine federal education law. She was active participant in the UGA Management Training Institute with Jilin University, a university in northern China and was also part of the U.S. State Department Speaker Program at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where she conducted a seminar on Ethics in Higher Education. A memorial service to celebrate her life is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bernstein’s chapel on Atlanta Highway. Gifts may be made to the University of Georgia School of Law. Send a check payable to the University of Georgia Foundation Hirsch Hall Fund, with a note indicating that the gift is for the Professor Anne Proffitt Dupre Scholarship, to the Office of Development, the University of Georgia School of Law, 225 Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602.”
Georgia’s Lyons named All-American by The Red and BlackJun 25, 2011 “Georgia’s Bridget Lyons has been named to one of the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Lyons, a Second Team selection, is one of only five runners from the Southeastern Conference out of 45 on either the All-America First, Second or Third Teams. The Evans, Ga., native is also one of only two natives from the state of Georgia to be named to one of the three All-America teams. Bridget Lyons
The former walk-on graduated from UGA with degrees in Biology and Spanish in May 2010 after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.88. Earlier this week Lyons was awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to complement the $6,000 postgraduate scholarship that she had already received for being the SEC’s Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year Award.
Lyons, who competes at the USA Track & Field Championships in the 10,000-meter run at 10:15 p.m. ET in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday night, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical honor society as well as being a Presidential Scholar at Georgia. She was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Delta EpsilonIota academic honor society.
Already in 2011, she received the overall “Peach of an Athlete Award,” given by the Atlanta area Boy Scout Council to standout student-athletes participating in outstanding community service. She also earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors in 2010.
On the track, Lyons completed her collegiate career by racing in the 10,000 finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, during the second week in June. She qualified for nationals at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a runner-up finish on May 26 to advance to her second straight NCAA meet.
The former walk-on finished second in both the 5000 and 10,000 finals at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships in Athens and was Georgia’s high-point scorer with 16 points at the meet. Lyons finished her career ranked second on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list in the 10,000 (33:31.14) and third in the UGA record books in the outdoor 5000 (16:23.32). She captured an SEC title with a win in the 10,000 and was Georgia’s top scorer (14 points) at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships. Lyons also had arunner-up finish in the 5000 meters at the 2010 SEC Indoors as well. A co-captain on the 2009 Lady Bulldog cross country team, Lyons deferred dental school in 2011 in order to run another year for Georgia.”
Georgia’s Bridget Lyons named to Academic All-District First Team by The Red and BlackJun 06, 2011 “Georgia’s Bridget Lyons has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team and is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, according to a recent announcement from College Sports Information Directors of America.
Voting for the Academic All-America teams begins on June 7 and runs through June 14. Lyons, who is one of four Lady Bulldogs to advance to this week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, was also named to the 2010 Academic All-District First Team, which was then sponsored by ESPN The Magazine.
Lyons, who graduated with degrees in Biology and Spanish in May, is a native of Evans, Ga. The former walk-on finished her pair of UGA degrees with a cumulative GPA of 3.88 and decided to defer dental school a year so that she could compete for the Lady Bulldogs in 2011.
In addition to earning one of the two 2011 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Leader of the Year awards and the postgraduate scholarship that goes with it, Lyons has also been given the “Peach of an Athlete Award” this year. This award honors student-athletes in the state of Georgia who do outstanding work in the community, classroom and in their respective sports. Lyons finished as Georgia’s top scorer (16 points) at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships after finishing second in both the 10,000-meter run and the 5000. She sits second on the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list in the 10,000 (33:31.14) and third in the 5000 (16:23.32) with a pair of times clocked during the 2011 outdoor season. Lyons races in the 10,000 finals at 9:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She finished 21st at last year’s NCAAs.”
Silva Zamora wins Honda Sports Award as top women’s golfer by The Red and BlackJun 02, 2011 “Georgia junior Marta Silva Zamora has won the 2011 Honda Sports Award in golf, designating her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in that sport.
MARTA SILVA ZAMORA
Silva Zamora is the fourth Georgia athlete to receive the Honda Sports Award for golf, following Terri Moody (1981), Cindy Schreyer (1983) and Vicki Goetze (1992). Georgia now ranks second nationally in Honda Award winners for women’s golf along with Arizona State and Texas.
Silva Zamora was voted over three other nominees for the 2011 award: freshman Austin Ernst of Louisiana State University, senior Lizette Salas of the University of Southern California and senior Kelli Shean of the University of Arkansas. The nominees were selected by finish at the NCAA Championships and rankings.
“I’m extremely proud to be named the Honda Sports Award winner for women’s golf,” Silva Zamora said. “I had a very consistent season from start to finish and I believe that was a big factor in winning. This award is an honor not only for me but for many others who helped and supported me . . . my coaches, my teammates, my family. It’s exciting to add my name to the other golfers from Georgia who have won this prestigious award, and it’s also neat to be included in the group of great athletes from other sports nominated for the overall Honda-Broderick Cup.”
A native of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Silva Zamora was ranked No. 1 most of the spring and shattered the University of Georgia stroke average, finishing at 71.51 and bettering former Bulldog and current LPGA Tour member Taylor Leon’s mark of 72.63 established in 2006-07.
She recorded 22 par-or-better tallies in 33 rounds played this season, finishing a cumulative 15-under par. She was named the PING National Player of the Year this spring by the National Golf Coaches Association, and was selected as first-team All-America by the NGCA. She collected her third – and Georgia’s 44th – All-America certificate from the NGCA. She also received the Golfstat Cup as the nation’s leading golfer statistically. Notably, Silva Zamora now holds first-, third- and 10th-best season averages in Bulldog history. She also led her team this year in virtually every statistical category including stroke average (71.52), counting rounds (100 percent), par-or-better rounds (22), top-10s (9), top-20s (10) and birdies (109). She finished her junior season in fourth-place at the NCAA Championships, her sixth top-five finish in 10 tournaments completed during 2010-11. A standout student, Silva Zamora is majoring in Speech Communications and compiled a 2.97 GPA in 2010-11. She was the recipient of the Georgia Women’s Golf Scholarship for 2009-10 and the Mary B. Dinos Scholarship for 2010-11.”
Athletic Association OKs budget, hikes Georgia-Florida ticket prices by The Red and BlackMay 26, 2011 “A budget of $89.95 million for fiscal year 2012 and hike in 2012 Georgia-Florida football game ticket prices were approved by the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors at its annual spring meeting Thursday at St. Simons Island, Ga.
The $89.95 million budget figure represents an increase of approximately $5 million over the fiscal year 2011 budget. Major factors attributed to the larger budget are increases in scholarships ($2.7 million), football game guarantees ($1.4 million), and student-athlete welfare ($737,000) which includes the addition of two nutritionists, sports psychologist, training table and mentor program. In light of the ticket prices for many of the premier college football games played each year, a six-year approach to Georgia-Florida game ticket prices was also discussed. Ticket prices for the 2012 game was approved at $60 for regular stadium seating (up from $40) and $100 for club seating. The Board delayed action on future pricing decisions for the Jacksonville game. The University of Florida athletic board approved the ticket pricing schedule for the 2012 game at a previous meeting in Gainesville and will discuss the 2014 and 2017 games at it’s June, 2011 meeting.”
Garnett Stokes, dean of Franklin College, named provost at FSU by The Red and BlackMay 26, 2011 “Garnett S. Stokes, the dean of the University’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University on Tuesday. Garnett Stokes
Stokes will start her new job on Aug. 1. The provost at FSU is chief academic officer and the second-highest ranking official after the president.
“I am delighted to join the leadership team at The Florida State University,” Stokes said in a release to FSU. “FSU is a wonderful institution with exceptional faculty, outstanding students, dedicated staff, and loyal alumni. The university is a friendly, welcoming place, and I look forward to working together with President Barron and the rest of the campus in the years ahead.”
Stokes will hold an appointment as a professor in psychology at FSU. Her research focuses on personnel selection and promotion, and areas of individual differences such as life history, personality and values.
She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She earned two degrees from the University of Georgia: a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology in 1982 and a Master of Science in 1980. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College in 1977.
As provost, Stokes will oversee the overall academic mission of the university. She will direct the allocation of academic resources; lead the development and enhancement of scholarship and research; evaluate the quality of academic activity; review all faculty appointments; and collaborate with the deans, faculty and officers of the university to promote academic excellence at all levels of the institution. Witt/Kieffer conducted the search and College of Music Dean Don Gibson chaired the 16-member search committee, which recommended Stokes for the position. “The committee was greatly impressed by the range of Stokes’ experience,” Gibson said.”
FY12 budget cuts mean layoffs for UGA, documents show by The Red and BlackMay 26, 2011 “The University will eliminate 145 positions — 31 to layoffs — to meet the reductions set forth by the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, according to documents released by the University Budget Office. The cuts include 34 full-time faculty and 57 full-time staff, most of which are vacated positions the University is choosing not to fill.
A cut in the FY12 budget means the University will have to eliminate 145 positions. FILE PHOTO
Had the Board of Regents not increased tuition and the special institutional fee for FY12, the number of positions cut would have skied to 789, according to UGA. In April, the Regents chose to increase tuition 3 percent but bumped up the institutional fee $500 more per year, bringing the total to $900 a year for UGA students.
In the past three years UGA has cut 272 faculty and 255 staff positions.
“The significant decline in faculty positions has limited UGA’s ability to offer necessary course sections demanded by our nearly 35,000 students as well as to fulfill our basic research and public service responsibilities,” the budget narrative states. “In addition, faculty eliminations result in less student advising, large class sizes, reduced academic rigor and potential delays in student graduations.”
The University is trying to regain some ground, though, as it was able to invest $8 million set aside from FY11 tuition hikes and will bring in 28 tenured or tenure-track faculty in fall 2011. There are also 32 searches underway for “the most critical, high demand, and strategic instructional programs at UGA.”
Cuts in staff have had a direct effect in offices such as the Office of Student Financial Aid, which is “under severe stress” because of the increase of students seeking financial assistance. The Pell Grant eligible students, for example, has increased to 25 percent from 14 percent in recent years, and the University has seen a 31.5 percent increase in federal aid applications from February 2008 to the beginning of the 2011 spring term.
“Eliminating staff positions has required faculty to spend more of their time on administrative and other support responsibilities, thereby detracting from their efforts on instruction in the classroom as well as on research and service,” the narrative reads.
Other effects of the budget reduction include:
The College of Arts & Sciences reducing the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of Art — a position that brings a distinguished, nationally-known artist to serve on the faculty — from a one year to one semester.
Terry College of Business eliminating its 11-month MBA Program. The UGA Police Department initiating the discontinuation of the Escort Van service it provides students, faculty and staff for those concerned about walking alone at night between campus destinations “While extraordinary efforts by our faculty have mitigated the impact of these eliminations, this cannot be sustained in the long run and maintain UGA’s national strengths in research productivity,” the narrative reads. “For every faculty position lost to budget reductions, the research enterprise is set back at least 4 years because it takes that long to recruit, hire, and mentor young scholars to become productive in their area of expertise once they begin their academic career at UGA.””
UGA poised to send 5,200 graduates out into the world by The Red and BlackMay 10, 2011 “The University will confer degrees on approximately 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students at the spring Commencement ceremonies Friday.
About 1,200 candidates for master’s, doctoral and specialist in education degrees will be eligible to participate in the ceremony for graduate students at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Friday evening, an estimated 4,000 students will be eligible to receive bachelor degrees at the undergraduate ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.
United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. As the 75th secretary, Mabus leads America’s Navy and Marine Corps, overseeing almost 900,000 individuals and an annual budget in excess of $150 billion. In his position, Mabus is responsible for all affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, supplying, equipping, training and mobilizing. He is accountable for the formulation and implementation of policies and programs consistent with the national security objectives established by the president and the secretary of defense. Additionally, he is responsible for the construction, outfitting and repair of naval ships, equipment and facilities.
The student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony will be Jonathan Arogeti ofAtlanta, who is graduating magna cum laude with a double major in history and Spanish. Arogeti is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Dean William Tate Honor Society, the Blue Key Honor Society, and he received the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship, one of the university’s premier academic awards. Among his accomplishments, Arogeti has worked with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.; served as a teaching assistant in the UGA Honors Program; and volunteered with such campus groups as the University Judiciary, Dawgs for Israel, and Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, in which he served as the group’s president. He has traveled on mission trips to Spain, Cuba and Israel.
Fourteen seniors who maintained perfect 4.0 grade point averages during their academic career will be recognized as First Honor Graduates. A huge firework show will conclude the undergraduate Commencement ceremony.
The speaker for the graduate student ceremony will be Karen A. Holbrook, senior vice president for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs and professor of molecular medicine at the University of South Florida. Holbrook was UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost from 1998 to 2002. Following her role at UGA, she served as president of Ohio State University for five years. She has served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Council of Education, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Association of American Universities, among others.
If weather conditions are deemed severe, the undergraduate ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 am in Sanford Stadium. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m., and students should be in place and ready for the processional no later than 8:45 a.m. Severe weather is defined as rain accompanied by high winds, thunder and lightning. If rain is falling but conditions are not considered severe, candidates will be provided a poncho to wear during the ceremony. There will not be a student processional, and candidates should proceed directly to their school’s or college’s designated seating section on the field. The decision for implementing either the Rain Plan (on Friday evening, but no processional) or Severe Weather Plan (ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Sanford Stadium) will be placed on the university’s home page, http://www.uga.edu. Major local media outlets will be provided the information as well. Guests are encouraged to watch the weather forecast, check the UGA home page and plan accordingly.
Regardless of the weather, students are required to enter Sanford Stadium through gate 10, and guests are encouraged to enter through gate 6. Only gate 6 and the Will Call Window Lobby, both located on East Campus Road, are wheelchair accessible.
There are a number of related Commencement activities being hosted by UGA’s colleges and schools:
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences * Friday, May 13, at 1 p.m. * Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall – Performing Arts Center * Tickets required * For additional information, see http://students.caes.uga.edu/.
College of Education · Wednesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. · Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall – Performing Arts Center · RSVP/Tickets required · For additional information, see http://www.coe.uga.edu/news/2011/01/18/coe-2011-spring-convocation.
College of Environment & Design · Friday, May 13, 4 p.m. · The Georgian Ballroom, Holiday Inn Downtown · Reception immediately following in the Founders Memorial Garden · RSVP required · For more information, contact Audra Lofton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Family and Consumer Sciences · Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. · Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Downtown Athens · For additional information, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ss/graduation.html.
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences · Graduation celebration · Friday, May 13, at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. · Tate Student Center · RSVP required · For more information, see www.franklin.uga.edu.
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication · Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m. o Graduates must check in between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m. · Classic Center Theatre, 300 N. Thomas St., Downtown Athens · For additional information, see http://www.grady.uga.edu/resources.php?page=grady_pages.inc.php|GP_ID=64.
School of Law · Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. · North Campus Quadrangle in front of the law school (rain location: Stegeman Coliseum) · For more information, see http://www.law.uga.edu/news/10528.
School of Public and International Affairs · Friday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m. · Ramsey Center – Volleyball Arena · RSVP required · For additional information, call 706/542-0096
College of Public Health * Wednesday, May 11, at 3 p.m. * Tate Center Grand Hall Ballroom * Student RSVP required * For additional information, see
School of Social Work * Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. * Stegeman Coliseum * For both graduate and undergraduate students * For more information, see http://ssw.uga.edu:8091/plone/news/class-of-2011-graduation-information. Terry College of Business · Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. · Stegeman Coliseum · Grand reception immediately following at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education · For additional information, see http://www.terry.uga.edu/students/convocation. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources · Friday, May 13, 3 p.m. · Forestry Resources 2, Room 100 (Building 1140) · The ceremony will be followed by a catered reception in the lobby of Building 4 · For more information, contact Emily Saunders, email@example.com or 706/542-1465.”
Football notes: A recruit heads to JUCO, Boise State in hot water by The Red and BlackMay 05, 2011 “Some Georgia football tidbits:
Defensive tackle Chris Mayes will not come to Georgia in the fall and instead will head to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after failing to reach UGA’s academic requirements, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Mayes, a 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Spalding High School, is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com, and a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
John Jenkins, a defensive tackle who joined Mayes in the 2011 signing class, played the past two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Jenkins, at 6-foot-4, 340 pounds, is expected to compete immediately for a starting job on Georgia’s defense line this fall.
* Boise State, the team the Bulldogs face in its 2011 season opener on Sept. 3, has self-imposed sanctions on its football program after the NCAA charged the school’s athletic program with a lack of institutional control. The NCAA released a report this week finding 22 violations against Boise State, including a major violation in women’s tennis and minor violations in four other sports, including football. The Broncos self-imposed three fewer preseason practices prior to their meeting against the Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. Boise State also will have three fewer scholarships to give in the next two years, and three fewer practices before the season opener against Michigan State in 2012 as well, according to The Idaho Statesman, which first reported the story. The NCAA can impose stiffer restrictions following a June meeting of the Committee on Infractions.”
Recent UGA graduate dies after fall in South Carolina by The Red and BlackMay 05, 2011 “David Alan Lewis, an Athens native and a 2011 graduate of the University’s School of Landscape Architecture, was killed Saturday after falling over a waterfall’s edge in a remote area of Greenville County, South Carolina. He was 29. David Alan Lewis
Published reports say he was hiking with his girlfriend and was trying to keep his dog Charlie from falling over the ledge when he fell about 125 feet.
According to The Greenville News, Lewis was a landscape architect with Earth Design in Greenville. Charlie, somehow getting his footing, survived.
According to his published obituary, Lewis graduated from Athens Christian School, and was passionate about plant materials and the evolution of environmental design. He was LEED Certified and was a talented musician, a Class-V kayaker, a certified lifeguard instructor, an exceptional billiards player, an Eagle Scout, and former assistant waterfront director at Camp Rainy Mountain. A Celebration of Life ceremony for all friends and family will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at Bridges Funeral Home (3035 Atlanta Highway, Athens), followed by a jam session in his honor at Blind Pig Tavern (485 Baldwin Street, Athens). A David Alan Lewis Memorial Scholarship in Landscape Architecture has been created, and checks should be made out to The Arch Foundation, with David Alan Lewis in the for/memo line, and mailed to the University of Georgia at: Development, 609 Caldwell Hall – UGA, Athens, GA 30602.”
Our Take: The Link is a go by The Red and BlackMay 02, 2011 “The Link administration members were sworn into office on April 19, and it appears as if they have started with a bang. They have accomplished much already, as Kaitlin Miller’s column to the right attests.
But the editorial board has words of advice for The Link: hunker down.
The true test of a student government comes in representing student interests for 52 weeks — not just one.
This year, The Snapshot successfully challenged North Campus tailgating bans and implemented at-large Senate representatives. The administration reformed the withdrawal process, the final exam policy and the Student Government Association election procedures.
But their record wasn’t squeaky clean.
Remember when SGA senators were going to vote on whether the University was going to officially back Israel? Remember the campus smoking ban?
We want The Link to be all that it has been hyped up to be: a link between students and their administrators. We don’t want them to waste time on irrelevant problems.
Focus on repealing the C-minus grades that will affect students’ abilities to maintain the HOPE scholarship.
Focus on getting student representation on the Board of Regents.
Don’t dilly-dally about whether to officially back Zombies or Humans.
Stick to the true problems at hand.
As long as Mallory, Kaitlin and Inman maintain the direction their party has promised, they’ve got the editorial board’s backing.
But if they start to veer off-road, we’ll cover that, too.
Either way, we’re excited for The Link and the year they’ve been given to change the campus. Just remember — we’re watching. — Charles Hicks for the editorial board”
SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Track excels, new coaches named by The Red and BlackApr 30, 2011 “DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Bridget Lyons clocked a personal-best time to win the 10,000-meter run during Georgia’s first day at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday.
Lyons, who was making her 2011 debut in the event, clocked a 33:31.14 to win the 10,000 by a minute and a half. This improves her No. 2 time in the school record books and gives her the 10th-best time in the nation this year. She is the defending SEC champion in the event.
In the men’s 10,000, junior Brett Richardson improved his career-best finish to 29:57.54 to take fourth. Richardson shot to the sixth spot on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list with his finish.
Freshman Brandon Lord also opened the meet with a fourth-place finish. Lord, who now has the fifth-fastest time in school history, registered a personal-best time of 14:09.69 and was the fourth finisher out of 23 racers.
Freshman Megan Malasarte also joined senior Taylor Adams, sophomore Ashley Shiver and freshman Stella Christoforou to take fifth in the 4×1600 relay with a time of 19:50.93.
Bulldog Signee Leleux sets national HS pole vault record
Catholic High School’s (La.) Morgann Leleux set an outdoor national high school record in the pole vault after clearing 14 feet, 3 inches in Lafayette, La., on Wednesday.
Leleux, a native of New Iberia, La., went over the bar at her record-setting height on her third attempt to win the LHSAA 3A Region 2 meet on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s campus. Her jump surpassed the 14-2.50 mark set by Tori Anthony of Palo Alto, Ca., in 2007.
After opening at 12-6 to qualify for the coming state meet, Leleux reached a regional record mark of 13-7 on hersecond attempt. She then cleared 14-3 on her third and final attempt before narrowly missing three jumps at 14-7.
To put Leleux’s latest jump into perspective, she would be second on both the Lady Bulldogs’ indoor and outdoor all-time top-10 lists if she had reached this height while competing for UGA. In addition, this height would have given her second at the 2011 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships and would have earned her the 2010 SEC outdoor title by more than five inches.
Leleux is a four-time National Junior champion in the pole vault and finished fifth at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy. She set a National Scholastic Juniors record and captured titles at the 2010 Nike Indoor, National Scholastic Indoor and the New Balance Outdoor meets.
Coached by her father Shane Leleux, she reached a personal-best mark of 14 feet during her junior season in 2010 and is one of only seven American high school girls to ever clear the 14-foot mark. She also led the nation as a junior indoors with a top mark of 13-7 in 2010 and is a multiple-time LHSAAstate champion.
Joni Crenshaw Joins Lady Bulldog Staff
Joni Crenshaw has joined the Georgia Basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Andy Landers announced on Thursday. Crenshaw, who was a four-year letterwinner at Alabama and the Crimson Tide’s captain for the 2000-01 campaign, has nine seasons of coaching experience, including the last three in the Southeastern Conference. JONI CRENSHAW
“We’re very excited to have Joni Crenshaw as part of our Georgia Basketball family and in particular our coaching staff,” Landers said. “She brings a vast amount of experience as both a college basketball coach and former player in the Southeastern Conference. Joni is a skilled recruiter and coach, but equally important she’s a quality person who will be an excellent role model for the young people whose lives we impact on a daily basis.”
Crenshaw spent last season as an assistant coach at LSU after spending two years as associate head coach at Alabama. She has displayed a penchant for recruiting the nation’s premier players, helping Alabama and LSU sign top-5 prospects in the classes of 2010 and 2011. Crenshaw also spearheaded the Crimson Tide’s recruiting class for 2010 that ranked among the nation’s top 10.
“I’m really excited about coming to Athens and the opportunity to work with Coach Landers,” Crenshaw said. “Georgia recruited me when I was in high school so I’ve been familiar with the program for a long time. Playing and now coaching in the Southeastern Conference, I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Coach Landers and what he’s done and what he continues to accomplish at Georgia. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with him and to learn and grow as a coach.”
Crenshaw also was on the staff at Louisiana Tech for three seasons, serving as an assistant coach for two seasons (2005-07) before being promoted to associate head coach. She began her coaching career with a three-year stint at Troy from 2002-05.
Throughout her career, Crenshaw has signed highly successful prospects. In addition to the signees at LSU and Alabama, she helped Lousiana Tech ink the 2006 Miss Basketball for both Alabama (Shanavia Dowdell) and Mississippi (Tiawana Pringle). At Troy, Crenshaw recruited the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honorees for 2004 (Lee Holman) and 2005 (Amy Lewis).
CAROL CAPITANI Crenshaw herself was a highly-recruited player. A native of Meridian, Miss., she was the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi after leading Meridian High to a 67-7 record during her junior and senior seasons. Crenshaw also won three state titles in track and field and was selected as the school’s Homecoming Queen.
At Alabama, Crenshaw was a significant contributor to four teams that reached post-season play, advancing to the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 2000 and 2001 WNITs. She was a two-year starter and scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and blocked 103 shots, a tally that ranks No. 4 among the Crimson Tide’s career leaders.
Crenshaw also was a standout in the classroom and the community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Alabama in 2002 and was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans on the Alabama campus in 2001. She was named to the SEC’s Community Service team for women’s basketball in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was awarded a post-graduate scholarship from the Southeastern Conference for her community service record.
Georgia’s Capitani Promoted To Associate Head Coach
Carol Capitani, who has served on the Georgia swimming staff in two stints covering 13 years, has been promoted to associate head coach, according to an announcement made by head coach Jack Bauerle.
During her tenure, the Lady Bulldogs have finished in the top two at the NCAA Championships nine times, including national titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005, and a runner-up effort this season. The Georgia women also have seven SEC titles during that span. On the men’s side, Capitani has helped the Bulldogs rack up nine top-10 NCAA finishes.
“Carol has been a critical part of the success of our program, and we are fortunate to have her on our coaching staff,” Bauerle said. “She is one of the best young coaches on the national scene today. Her hard work and dedication to Georgia have helped us reach the lofty goals we set for ourselves. We feel this is the perfect time to reward her commitment to the program.”
In addition to continuing to assist with Georgia’s main group and the middle distance swimmers, Capitani will have an expanded role in the day-to-day and administrative duties, Bauerle said.
“It’s an honor to be promoted to associate head coach at a school with such a tremendous swimming history as Georgia,” Capitani said. “I love Athens, and I can’t think of anyplace else I’d rather be. I am excited about what our teams have done in the past to lay a strong foundation, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us.” Capitani spent her collegiate swimming career at Cal-Berkeley, where she was an eight-time All-American. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Cal and completed her master’s degree in English at Villanova. She arrived in Athens after a three-year stint on the Villanova coaching staff. Capitani has international coaching experience, having assisted at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey and the 2007 International Grand Prix in Japan. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters: Carmen and Tatum.”
Sports Notebook: Gym Dog coach, tennis player honored by The Red and BlackApr 27, 2011 “Georgia assistant gymnastics coach Doug McAvinn, who recently completed his 26th season at UGA and has been instrumental in leading the Gym Dogs to all 10 of their NCAA titles, has been selected to be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame.
McAvinn will be joined by four others in the 2011 class including Bob Moore, Kenny Morphis, Ludmilla Shobe and Mary Ann Wallace. The group will be honored at the Region 8 Congress on July 16 in New Orleans.
“Doug has made so many contributions to the gymnastics program over a long period of time,” said Georgia head coach Jay Clark. “He has been a huge part of our success with his coaching, particularly on the vaulting event, which is sort of his hallmark. Doug has also had input on multiple events and has contributed in large ways. For me personally, he is a great friend and was a heavy influence on me as I was getting started in coaching. It’s nice to see him get this recognition.”
As Georgia’s coach on vault, McAvinn has produced six NCAA vault champions, most recently Courtney Kupets’ title in 2007. Others include Hope Spivey in 1991, Heather Stepp in 1992 and 1993, Leah Brown in 1996 and Cory Fritzinger in 2001.
Over the last 25 years, McAvinn’s lineups have consistently been ranked as the best in the nation. Along with six individual national vaulting champions, he has produced a total of 62 vaulting All-Americans. He was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments at Georgia when he was honored by his peers as the first NCAA National Assistant Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 1998.
In 2011 McAvinn’s vault lineups posted a 49.250 or higher in each of the last four meets of the season, including a 49.575 against Michigan, tied for the highest mark of any team throughout the year.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., McAvinn was awarded a gymnastics scholarship at Georgia Southern University in 1970, and began coaching at one of the first private gymnastics clubs in the state of Georgia in 1974. He joined the UGA coaching staff in 1985.
Taboada Named To SEC All-Tournament Team
Georgia men’s tennis junior Ignacio Taboada was selected as the Bulldogs’ representative to the 2011 SEC Championships All-Tournament Team, it was announced following Sunday’s final match.
Taboada stands at 27-7 overall in his first season at Georgia, including 14-3 in dual match play and 7-1 in the SEC. He has won five straight matches including the Bulldogs’ first win over LSU in the quarterfinals as he dispatched the Tigers’ Julien Gauthier 6-3, 6-3 to spark a Georgia comeback. A total of six times this season he has been UGA’s first winner of the day.
Taboada was on pace for another win Saturday in the semifinals, as he was just two games away from a straight-set victory over Kentucky’s Tom Jomby when the match was suspended. The Atlanta native transferred to UGA following two seasons at the University of Miami. Also included on the All-Tournament team were Florida’s Alexandre Lacroix and Nassim Slilam, Kentucky’s Brad Cox and Alberto Gonzalez, and Tennessee’s Tennys Sandgren. Lacroix earned MVP honors after helping the host Gators to a 4-0 win over UK in the championship match.”
Out of pocket educational costs growing year to year by The Red and BlackApr 20, 2011 “For fiscal year 2012, University students who receive the HOPE scholarship will see an increase of $2,685 in what they pay for education.
On Tuesday, the Board of Regents voted to raise FY12 tuition by 3 percent — increasing it from $7,070 to $7,282 a year.
Though a 3 percent tuition increase sounds small, the increases may cut students deeper than they realize.
The Regents also approved an increase to the institutional fee, raising the fee from $400 a year to $900 a year.
Though students have been paying for the institutional fee without HOPE funds since its initial implementation, all other fees and tuition increases have been previously covered by HOPE.
On March 15, however, Gov. Nathan Deal officially signed into law the new HOPE scholarship which decouples the scholarship award from tuition increases, limiting the amount of money awarded to 90 percent of FY11 tuition, no longer providing a book allowance and no longer paying for any student fees.
This means that for 2012 and beyond, HOPE will only cover $6,363 of tuition — leaving students to fund the remaining amount of tuition. For 2012, this is $919.
Students will also have to pay for all student fees which, this year, totalled $1,666 per year — without fee increases.
And if the past is any indication, fees will likely increase.
In fall 2009, fees increased by $43 per semester. Spring 2010 saw the institutional fee increase $100 per semester.
The University is looking to replace its 35-year-old student information system, which could cause an increase in the technology fee.
And the Board of Regents could raise tuition again in future fiscal years.
The Regents raised tuition by 25 percent for FY10 and by more than 16 percent for FY11.
If the state continues to cut funding to higher education, tuition will have to increase for FY13. If HOPE stays tied to 90 percent of FY11 tuition, it will fund less and less of students’ education. And if costs of expenses outside of tuition and fees, such as books and housing, continue to rise, even a 3 percent tuition increase may be harder for student budgets to handle.”
Just 3 percent? by The Red and BlackJan 01, 2011 “The Board of Regents has voted to raise our tuition — and the institutional fee
Ah, the fine print.
It’s where the details are hidden when those writing the fine print do not want readers to put two and two together.
Nice try, Board of Regents. BOWERS
Though the vagueness (aka sneakiness) of the institutional fee is simply fantastic, we know your ploy.
Raising tuition by only 3 percent makes you out to be less of a bad guy.
In the last few months, we have seen the HOPE Scholarship get hacked by the state.
In the last couple weeks, we feared for the well-being of the federal Pell Grant. Thankfully, that remains unscathed.
And look at you swooping in — hiking tuition in these tough financial times by only $212.
But your hand has been caught in the cookie jar.
You added a cool $500 a year to the institutional fee — bringing the grand total of that fee to $900. Keep in mind, that fee did not even exist a few years ago.
But the Board of Regents had to find a way around the “Fixed for Four” plan.
We understand the state has cut funding.
We understand the money to run this fine institution must come from somewhere.
And we understand as students we should pay for the quality education we receive from the University.
But do not try to pick pocket us.
Do not lift precious pennies from the coin jar from which we draw for 99 cent burgers when we are broke. Be up front about it.
Yes, you may be increasing tuition by only 3 percent.
But don’t spin the fact that you aren’t increasing tuition as much as past years by down playing the decision to more than double the institutional fee.
We’re not stupid. We can do the math.
We learned it here — at the University.
A degree from a fine institution is worth the money. We’re still getting a good deal. But financial honesty is always the best policy. — Rachel G. Bowers for the editorial board”
Track transfer valuable for Dogs in multiple events by The Red and BlackApr 20, 2011 “When Colleen Felix came to the United States from St. Andrews, Grenada, three years ago she had no idea what to expect.
The junior had earned a track and field scholarship to South Plains Community College in Levelland, Texas, and it didn’t take her long to make a mark in junior college track and field competition. Felix
But Felix proved to make the right move in heading to the United States to pursue her track and field career.
In 2010, she won two NJCAA individual national titles — one in the javelin and one in the triple jump — and was named the 2010 NJCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The transition wasn’t the easiest, but Felix has finally found her stride.
“I didn’t know anyone,” Felix said. “I didn’t really have a choice of where I went to school. It was exciting and it turned out to be a lot of fun and I still have a lot of great friends there.”
Now, after transferring to Georgia this year, Felix has become a weapon for the Lady Bulldogs’ track and field squad. During the indoor season, Felix won the triple jump at the SEC Championships with a distance of 44 feet, 3 ½ inches, which made her second in the Lady Bulldog record book.
“Colleen has been a pleasure to work with,” jumping coach Petros Kyprianou said. “The way her body is coordinated makes it easy for her to adapt to different techniques. We were fortunate that she decided to come to Georgia, and she has done great thus far.”
At the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Felix recorded the longest outdoor triple jump in the NCAA this year by jumping 44 feet, 6 ¾ inches and won the javelin throw with a distance of 153 feet, 10 inches.
“This year has been very different from Texas,” Felix said. “You don’t lift weights as much, but you do what is necessary to succeed.”
Felix, who is one of seven children, has returned home only once -— the last time being nearly two years ago. She said the training opportunities in the United States mainly fueled her decision to leave Grenada. And the 2012 Olympics in London is lingering on the horizon.
“Georgia is a great school with great academics,” Felix said. “I hope to go pro and continue to jump and throw well. I would love to make it to London in 2012. I don’t know what I will be able to do, I just have to keep working. I miss my family and friends, but I know that this will make me better.” Although she misses her family and it isn’t always easy being in a far away country away from the comforts of home, Felix, a speech communications major, said she wants to serve as an example of perseverance and hard work for young athletes from her native country to emulate. “You have to motivate yourself,” Felix said. “I want to help others out and inspire aspiring athletes. I love what I do and I would love to become a great example to others because of it.””
‘3%’: Increase in price of Univ. more than tuition suggests by The Red and BlackApr 20, 2011 “Students can expect a 3 percent increase in tuition for fall 2011, however their institutional fee will more than double.
The Board of Regents passed a 3 percent tuition increase along with a $250 per semester increase to the University’s institutional fee at Tuesday’s meeting.
For University students receiving the HOPE scholarship, this means an extra $2,685 in fees and tuition that they had never paid before. ADAMS
These increases come in light of a dwindling budget for higher education by the state, which left the Board of Regents short $346 million.
John Millsaps, spokesman for the Board of Regents, said the Regents did not want to leave the responsibility of filling the gap just to students.
The increase would have been closer to 35 percent if the Regents made up the entire $346 million through tuition.
“The Regents said we’re not going there. It’s not going to happen,” he said. “What they thought was reasonable was to look at students to make up a portion of that $346 million. Students are making up about $120 million.”
Millsaps said the rest of the hole would be filled by cuts to the budgets of the universities in the University System of Georgia.
University President Michael Adams issued a statement welcoming the increases.
“In light of the ongoing state budget situation, we believe the actions of today on tuition and fees to be both reasonable and necessary,” he said. “Obviously, it is an ongoing balancing act between covering cost to maintain academic excellence while maintaining student access. We continue to do everything within our power to hold down costs knowing that these increased tuition and fees are a burden to some of our families.”
Millsaps said solely increasing tuition would not have affected the 45,000 USG students on the “Fixed for Four” plan or graduate students.
“If you did it all through tuition, you would be telling students who are not on the ‘Fixed for Four’ plan or who are not graduate students, ‘Tell you what, we want you to pay not only your share of the $120 million, but also the share of those who are not going to pay anything,’” he said. “And that would not have been fair.”
Millsaps also said this tuition increase did not affect the amount of tuition the HOPE scholarship covers by much. Under the new tuition increases, students on HOPE would have about 87 percent of their tuition covered, Millsaps said.
He said the institutional fee may decrease as state revenues increase and more funding becomes available at least to account for enrollment growth in the USG.
“But [Chancellor Erroll Davis’] point was that what makes this year extraordinary for the System is that for the first time ever there was no money for enrollment growth,” he said.
Millsaps said the funding would have decreased the $346 million hole to $169 million.
“There has always been funding,” he said. “It hasn’t always been fully funded, but there has always been money funded from the state for enrollment growth. And this year, for the first time, there was zero dollars.”
The following “receipt” reflects the increased yearly cost of attending the University for a student on the HOPE scholarship paying for two semesters. The total value does not reflect $400 of institutional fees students have already been paying.
THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
ATHENS, GA 30602
EXCELLENCE SINCE 1783
CASHIER: BOARD OF REGENTS
OUT OF POCKET TUITION $919
STUDENT FEES $1,266
INSTITUTIONAL FEE INCREASES $500 TOTAL $2685 THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING”
Mailbox by The Red and BlackApr 18, 2011 “Hicks offers a brave example
I continue to respect Charles Hicks’ bravery in his columns (“Give forgiveness for human flaws,” April 12).
He is honest, no matter what the social repercussions may be.
I know Hicks personally, and I know that the majority of his friends are leaders with the Wesley Foundation.
Even though he faces the risk of alienating himself from many of his acquaintances, he shared his true opinion for 30,000 people to read.
His courage is admirable, and we can all respect his bravery, no matter what our opinions may be.
HOPE Scholarship still a great deal
When I opened up Friday’s paper, I was a little disappointed to find no rebuttal to Crissinda Ponder’s column (“GPA requirement too high for some,” April 14).
I hope it’s not because the rest of the UGA community agrees with her argument.
Yes, the new requirements for full tuition coverage are steeper, but they’re not impossible.
With grade inflation prevalent in U.S. high schools, a 3.7 GPA (and 1200 SAT) is not too much to ask for someone who expects to receive free college tuition.
And more so, maintaining a 3.3 to keep the full ride is not that difficult either.
Believe me, I was there not that long ago.
With a little more discipline and studying, I bet most students could make the grades to earn and keep the Zell Miller Scholarship.
What’s wrong with raising the bar?
Afraid you can’t rise to the challenge?
For argument’s sake, let’s just say that your high school classes are too tough or you have a bad semester in college and don’t qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship — a 3.0 GPA still gets 90 percent of your college education covered (if you attend a public school).
For UGA, where tuition and fees are $8,736 per year, that means you as a student pay less than $1,000 per year for a college education.
To me, that’s an amazing deal!
Despite Ponder’s thinking, the HOPE scholarship is far from an “entitlement.”
It is a merit-based scholarship awarded to those students who work hard and take their studies seriously, and one that students in many other states don’t get.
Like it or not, our educational system promises access to a free education through 12th grade — beyond that is up to you.
I do understand that coming up with extra money to pay for college is really difficult, especially for someone who is on their own.
Instead of complaining, why not be thankful that something like the HOPE scholarship is available at all?
And for those out-of-pocket expenses, there are student loans, tax breaks, or — dare I say it? — a job.
Heather McCormick Alumna, Carrollton Chemistry and biology”
Georgia needs Sunday alcohol sales by The Red and BlackApr 05, 2011 “I love Jesus and I love booze.
I learned about Jesus growing up in the Bible Belt of northern Georgia, reaching adulthood as a believer.
I learned about alcohol at the University, discovering the healing power of drinking beers at Copper Creek with my friends. BUNN
But some Georgia legislators and lobbyists say that to love both on a Sunday should be against the law.
Georgia is one of 10 states still hanging on to a “blue law” — a law meant to uphold religious standards by banning or limiting sales of alcohol on Sundays.
The law is old and outdated. And many are starting to agree.
A new bill that would allow local counties and cities to decide whether to permit Sunday alcohol sales has been proposed in the Georgia Legislature.
The bill has already passed the Georgia Senate and is still being debated in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Gov. Nathan Deal has already promised he would sign the bill into law on July 1 — as long as it gains House approval.
Though this bill is better than the present law, I think there is still room for improvement.
The proposed bill leaves loopholes for individual cities and counties to continue enforcing a “blue law.”
On Sundays, I go to a grocery store where I purchase my food for the week.
But if I want to purchase a bottle of wine for a meal or beer for the weekend, I have to come back on a different day.
Why is that?
Conservatives argue the ban on Sunday sales should remain intact to promote Christian beliefs.
As a Christian, I believe in a day of rest and helping others. What if drinking a margarita helps me do both?
Some estimate the state is missing out on between $3 million and $5 million in tax revenue by not allowing Sunday purchases of alcohol, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
In our state with its growing budget deficit, this extra revenue could be put to good use.
Some, including the editorial board for The Red & Black (“Raise your glass,” Feb. 1), have suggested lifting the ban and using the revenue for HOPE scholarships.
The idea isn’t that crazy: the lottery was created after a “blue law” prohibiting state-sponsored gambling was repealed.
And it has now helped fund education for more than one million students in Georgia, according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
The tax revenue produced by Sunday sales also could go to philanthropy programs such as the Brain and Spinal Injury trust fund — a grant that provides funds for persons with traumatic injuries to help pay for medical and living expenses.
Let’s raise our glasses to philanthropy and education. And let’s do it on a Sunday.
Jesus turned water into wine, after all.
— Rachel Bunn is the news editor for The Red & Black”
7 Ways We Pay: Student fees add up (w/ documents) by The Red and BlackApr 01, 2011 “An extra $200 charge shows up in your student account each semester. The administration calls it the institutional fee, and you may not exactly see how it is used on campus.
But the money each student contributes to the institutional fee adds up to about $16 million in revenue per year, said Ryan Nesbit, senior associate vice president for finance and administration. Originally, the Board of Regents implemented the institutional fee to address budget reductions in fall 2009. The student fee, which includes the student center/facility fee, funds the ‘financial obligation’ of the Tate Student Center expansion.
“It enabled the institution to maintain quality while state appropriations were being reduced in such a significant way,” Nesbit said.
The institutional fee is a different animal from all the other fees, according to Nesbit.
“Where you look at all of your other fees, like your activity fee, that’s assessed for a very specific purpose so it is budgeted and expended for a very specific purpose,” he said. “There is no separate budgeting for the institutional fee. It becomes a general revenue source for the overall University budget.”
Nesbit said tuition was another example of an unrestricted source of revenue.
“We collect tuition and then that can be allocated throughout the University for our teaching, research and public service throughout the colleges,” he said.
Unlike the institutional fee, others, such as the student activities fee, are a restricted source of revenue — the money must be allocated with a specific purpose and budget. Nesbit said without the fee, budgets for schools and colleges within the University would suffer.
“Without that, there is another $16 million hole that
we would have had in our budget, and we would have to take steps to reduce expenses somewhere else,” he said.
Each student’s $833 in fees adds up to about $52.6 million in revenue per year for the University, according to the University budget office.
The University’s student fees are soon to become a matter of student government as well.
Student Government Association President-elect Mallory Davis said she plans to make the disclosure of student fee budgets a big part of her platform.
“The goal is to have some sort of justification for every fee that we pay so we’re not just giving money to the Athletic Association or to any other organization,” she said.
Davis said every fee has some sort of allocation process. She said she hopes to get the information about how the fees are used from those who oversee the allocation processes.
“The hope is to put some pressure on the heads of these committees and various areas of campus,” she said.
Davis said this was only the general idea for her platform.
Yet, SGA may run into some trouble when it comes to the institutional fee.
It would be difficult to give a precise itemized list for how the institutional fee is spent, according to Nesbit.
“It’s difficult for us to say, ‘Here’s where the tuition dollars were spent,’ and the same holds true for the institutional fee because it’s really going to support everything that we do on campus,” he said. “So that’s why I think it would be difficult to point specifically to how that fee is being used.”
However, Jacob Gilleland, a junior from Cartersville, said he would want to know how his money is spent, particularly since the HOPE scholarship has never covered his fees.
“I feel like the University should be more open on how they spend money and eliminate wasteful spending,” he said. “I don’t like the idea of them spending my money wastefully.”
On the other hand, Valerie Navarro, a freshman from Texas, said she understands the fees must be paid to benefit the University, but would appreciate knowing how the fees are used.
“It’s kind of a hassle to pay for all of that,” she said. “But it would be nice to know where my money is going into. How do you know if you’re paying for something that’s useful?”
Gilleland also added that perhaps there could be more benefits to the disclosure of fee information.
“Knowing is beneficial to everyone, so as students we can see what the institution is doing,” he said. “We can feel more at ease with how they’re spending and have a better relationship with them.”
TRANSPORTATION FEE: $103
Funds Campus Transit System and gives students free access to Athens Transit
TECHNOLOGY FEE: $114
Funds computer labs, equipment, technical training, software and classroom upgrades
INSTITUTIONAL FEE: $200
Provides “general revenue” for the University
HEALTH FEE: $191
Funds University Health Service programs and supports the health facility and staff
STUDENT FEE: $169
Encompasses the activity, recreation and student center/facility fees
GREEN FEE: $3
Provides funds for the University’s Office of Sustainability
ATHLETIC FEE: $53 Provides free or reduced admission to University athletic events FY 2011 Budget Documents”
College not helpful in grief process by The Red and BlackMar 29, 2011 “It was an accident. Alcohol and drugs — a bad mix.
Scott Jared Monat had a full academic scholarship to the University of Miami. While studying abroad in Singapore in March 2009, something went wrong with the brilliant 20-year-old neuroscience major.
I grew up with Monat. He was in my closest circle of friends. He lived in the neighborhood next to mine and would ride over on his bicycle. He didn’t have to work to ace organic chemistry or advanced physics. Genius came naturally to him.
What didn’t come naturally to him was his ability to stop: when to stop defying his parents, professors, friends or his body. It was known Monat liked to have a good time. It wasn’t unwarranted to worry about his partying behavior.
But Monat finally learned when his heart stopped ticking.
The grief that accompanied Monat’s death affected not just individual people, but whole communities.
His Facebook page still receives messages every week from friends in various cities and countries.
He had a birthday pass in December. Friends write, “Happy birthday!” as if Monat will read it. Friends write as if he is simply away on vacation.
And that’s how I’ve dealt with his sudden absence from my life — by pretending he is just away on a long vacation, still in Singapore studying or at college in Florida. Sometimes my friends and I still refer to him in the present tense.
College life is rarely conducive to grieving, according to “Living with Loss,” by researchers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Campus life is geared toward academic and social activities, leaving little room to make it through the grieving process.
National Students of AMF (Ailing Mothers and Fathers) Support Network, a not-for-profit organization that helps students coping with death on college campuses, stresses that there is too much academic pressure to deal with grief properly.
The phrase “college is supposed to be the best four years of your life” can be confusing for grieving young adults.
Perhaps the grieving process in college occurs at a much slower pace.
Most students don’t have the time to focus on their emotions without falling significantly behind in schoolwork.
Perhaps the sting is just too fresh in our young lives to master the process of grief. It doesn’t help that Monat was too brilliant, too friendly and too young to die.
As for me, I still cannot accept Monat’s demise.
Any time it crosses my mind, I try to think about something else. I push the thought of his death as far out of my head as I can — until I find myself troubled when something reminds me of him, such as a song on the radio or a picture of us together.
When moments like this occur, my guard comes down and I feel as though I’m going through the initial shock once again. Then the feeling subsides, my guard goes back up and I go on with my life and school.
College students may deal with grief differently than other members of the community. Whether it’s due to preoccupation with school or bypassing the commonly held belief that people go through a five-stage grief process (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) — it remains largely up to the individual experiencing the grief.
But one thing remains certain. Monat left such a positive influence that he is not easily forgotten — or even so much accepted sometimes as, well, dead. — Sarah Saltzman is a senior from Roswell majoring in magazines and anthropology”
Libyan conflict helps future foreign policy by The Red and BlackMar 29, 2011 “The U.S. involvement in Libya may be controversial, but it’s not a thoughtless political play on the part of President Barack Obama.
Contrary to Jeremy Dailey’s column (“Libyan conflict reveals failures of Obama,” March 23) there are multiple reasons the conflict has a direct bearing on the well-being of the region and the international community. Frawley
Let’s tear off the band aid: Our nation is not going to jump into the middle of an armed conflict if there isn’t something in it for us.
Fine. That’s a monstrous, self-centered notion that has no place in a humanitarian effort.
But look at the United States’ military activity throughout history. Have our resources and troops ever made their way into another country in the name of pure altruism?
It takes a lot of time, effort and resources to make moves overseas. If a nation is going to mobilize on that kind of level, it needs to be worth it.
So, in this case, is it?
To a limited extent, I believe it is. But first, the happy part.
I said earlier we wouldn’t have interfered if we didn’t have something to gain. I stand by that statement.
However, that does not mean our only reason for helping out is to preserve our own security through the promotion of stability on the other side of the globe.
The White House recently said that “our future involvement in the Libyan struggle is unclear,” according to Dailey’s article.
Yes, no one is completely sure of the level of America’s involvement, not even America.
But Obama made it clear he acted the way he did specifically to reduce civilian casualties. Which has happened.
So tell me: How is an expenditure — not a loan — of our own resources (an admittedly steep $600 million for the first week of action, according to the Pentagon) in the name of saving lives a narcissistic political move?
Let’s dial back the knee-jerk skepticism a little.
It’s not becoming of a country that is supposed to be engaged in an act of philanthropy.
Yes, our country catches a decent amount of flak for practicing hegemony, for supposedly asserting that, to quote a beloved “Team America” tune, “freedom is the only way.”
I’ll be the first to say it’s pompous to impose one’s belief system upon other people or countries. But I’m tired of people turning every issue into a matter of conflicting ideologies.
This one isn’t about establishing a mini-America overseas. The alternative to our involvement is called despotism, and its spokesman is a guy named Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
Maybe you’ve heard of him.
Removing Gaddafi is not going to be an in-and-out endeavor. It will take an untold, potentially trying amount of time.
But between now and a decade from now, the country will have reassessed the issue many times over, assuming it’s still an issue at all. Let’s cross the bridge of long-term cost only if necessary.
Georgetown professor Paul Pillar points out the ad-hoc rebel government in Benghazi has the capacity to one day “grow into a credible alternative regime for all of Libya.”
By aiding in the birth of a stable, independent government, we can help Libya move toward sustainable independence.
That’s not hegemony. That’s not imperialism. It’s just good policy.
Whatever one’s individual, hypothetical “plan” for the Libya issue — please, recognize it as a nuanced problem.
If Obama wants the U.S. to play a part in the issue’s eventual resolution, call him out on what he’s really doing: playing World Police Chief, not angling for re-election.
Let’s not mislead people by coloring the whole thing as a sandbox war game for old men in dark suits. If we believe that, the lives we’ve saved over there are nothing more than positive externalities. — Colin Frawley is a senior from Marietta majoring in magazines and English.”
Tuition likely to change by The Red and BlackMar 25, 2011 “Students may have to wait until May to find out if they will have to face tuition increases as well as HOPE cuts. University President Michael Adams discusses tuition at a media briefing Thursday. Photo by Sarah Lundgren
The Board of Regents will make a decision on tuition costs in April or May, University President Michael Adams said at a media briefing Thursday morning.
Adams advocates a reasonable tuition increase, but any increase is the decision of the Regents.
“We’ve gone up more than any of us would like in the last couple of years,” he said. “I would certainly hope it stays in the single digits.”
Adams said price increases in things such as power, food and gas drive tuition costs.
The University pays more than a million dollars a month in electric bills, Adams said.
“The notion that you can freeze one part of an economy that’s about 81 percent labor while all these other increases are taking place is just very shortsighted,” he said.
Adams also discussed the size of the incoming freshman class.
He said the University only had 5,000 spots available for new freshmen, though 18,000 applied.
Adams said these students would hold similar qualities than those from years before including an average 3.8 GPA, and 84 percent of them would come from Georgia. Adams did not know how many of these students would obtain the full HOPE scholarship. “You just don’t know that,” he said. “For one thing, we don’t have the specific implementation rules yet from the Georgia Student Finance Commission.””
How a bill becomes a law quickly by The Red and BlackMar 11, 2011 “Just 16 days ago, Gov. Nathan Deal introduced a proposal to preserve the HOPE scholarship . That proposal could become law as early as today, when the state House of Representatives is expected to reconsider a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday. It’s unlikely that the bill will immediately go to Deal’s desk, but do expect him to sign the legislation as quickly as possible. The passage of the HOPE bill is a major victory for the newly inaugurated governor, who’s showing an ability to negotiate the many divergent personalities and interests under the Gold Dome to quickly pass needed legislation. That makes Brandon Howell over at the conservative-leaning Peach Pundit happy : Governor Nathan Deal
What I am saying is that we have a steady leader (key word) as our state’s chief executive; a leader who is willing to listen to all sides of an issue and offer thought out solutions to problems in a timely manner. Realize it or not, that’s better than a lot of other states in these great United States.
All of which is true, though I still have concerns about Deal’s willingness to really “listen” to all interested parties, given the two-week timeline of the legislation. Sure, Republicans have made concessions to Democratic principles, but how many students has Deal met with during the course of this debate?
One such concession came from an apparent rising star in the state Senate , freshman senator Jason Carter (D-Decatur). The grandson of the former president (although you wouldn’t know it from his campaign website ), Carter sent a letter to all of his colleagues earlier this week with a spreadsheet attached . The spreadsheet showed how many students receiving HOPE now from each county would continue to receive HOPE under the Democratic plan, which would institute an income cap for HOPE. Naturally, in much of rural Georgia, 100 percent of students would continue to receive HOPE, which led to a certain degree of “wavering” among Senate Republicans. The end result of this wavering was an amendment to the Senate bill , guaranteeing full HOPE scholarships to the valedictorian and salutatorian of every Georgia high school. Two of Carter’s other amendments were defeated. Nonetheless, Carter’s role in the debate is a good sign for the state Democratic Party, which has been disorganized and demoralized in recent years. In my mind, though Georgia remains overwhelmingly Republican, Democrats’ struggles don’t come from a lack of a potential base of support. After all, depending on the political games of the next two years, Georgia could be a swing state in 2012 . Rather, there are so few Democratic leaders with the possibility of real statewide appeal: it’s hard to get independents and moderates excited about Roy Barnes or Mark Taylor . A figure like Jason Carter, though, could be a different story. [Hat tips – Jim Galloway , Peach Pundit ]”
HOPE SCHOLARSHIP: Students escorted from Senate by The Red and BlackMar 08, 2011 “Cuts to the HOPE scholarship will soon be on Governor Nathan Deal’s desk — and Juan Carlos Cardoza-Oquendo is not happy about it.
Tuesday the Georgia Senate voted 35-20 to pass a reform bill for the lottery-funded scholarship. DEAL
And Cardoza-Oquendo and about 10 other University students from Georgia Students for Public Higher Education were escorted out of the Senate session.
“We were disruptive, but on purpose and with a plan,” Cardoza-Oquendo said. The students were escorted by police after they brought out banners and made noise by snapping their fingers in protest of the bill.
The HOPE reform bill would reduce the amount paid for tuition to 90 percent of tuition rates for fiscal year 2011.
It would also no longer pay for mandatory fees or provide a book allowance.
“I truly believe we are fixing this bill not just for next year, next month, or next year,” said state Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Cornelia). “I truly believe we are fixing this bill for generations. We are not losing HOPE, we are creating hope reform that will keep HOPE for generations.”
Butterworth said the cuts were made to save HOPE.
An amendment to grandfather in all students now in college was proposed and defeated.
“Let’s keep our promise to students and that promise was that if students work hard, study well, and we’ll ensure your higher education,” said state Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro).
Some senators expressed sympathy with students who were escorted out for disruptive behavior.
“No one seems to be outraged but our students in the gallery and I think they have a right to be so. Thank you for your civil disobedience,” said state Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur).
Other senators questioned whether the Georgia Lottery Corporation as been properly managed.
“Why is there no will demand more from an entity that by law we have the authority and responsibility to control?” Ramsey asked.
Senate HOPE Highlights
• The Senate voted 35-20 to pass the HOPE reform bill.
• Protesting students were escorted out of the building.
• A “grandfathering” amendment was voted down 36-20
• The bill eliminates HOPE payments for books, fees and remedial classes • Students who earn a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT as well as the valedictorian and salutatorian at each high school have full tuition paid for as long as they maintain a 3.3 GPA in college • All other students with a 3.0 GPA will have 90 percent of FY11 tuition rates paid”
Larry King to emcee Peabody Awards by The Red and BlackMar 07, 2011 “Larry King, the long-time host of CNN’s Larry King Live and a two-time Peabody Award winner, will be the host of the 70th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony on May 23, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Larry King
“Larry King has greeted figures of social and cultural significance throughout his career, and the roster of his guests reads as a chronicle of our times,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. “Now he will introduce the Peabody Award recipients for 2010 and welcome guests as we celebrate the 70th presentation of the awards. No one would add greater distinction to this anniversary year.”
The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs will be announced via webcast from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on March 31.
Dubbed a “master interviewer” by Entertainment Weekly and the “the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever” by TV Guide, Larry King had conducted more than 40,000 interviews at the time of his retirement last December. His guest logs read like a half-century Who’s Who of celebrities and political leaders: Bob Hope and Malcolm X, Barbra Streisand and Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt and Prince, Elizabeth Taylor and Yasser Arafat, just to name a tiny fraction.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N. Y., King first garnered attention as an interviewer on local radio in south Florida in the 1950s. His radio show went national in 1978 and, in 1985, CNN made Larry King Live the centerpiece of its prime-time schedule.
King has been inducted into five of the nation’s leading broadcasting halls of fame and is a recipient of the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism. His numerous awards also include a news-and-documentary Emmy and 10 CableACE awards. King won his first Peabody Award in 1980 for his nightly syndicated program on Mutual Radio and a second in 1992 for election coverage by his CNN show. In addition to his broadcast credits, King founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars and provided life-saving cardiac procedures for needy children and adults. King also established a $1 million journalism scholarship at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. King is scheduled to begin a stand-up comedy tour, his first, on April 14. He plans to take his evening of humorous reminiscence to seven cities, including New York and Las Vegas.”
Animals a new technology frontier by The Red and BlackMar 07, 2011 “The latest technology installed on the University campus is mobile, environmentally friendly and comes in both black and white color options. Robert Carnes
But it can’t be purchased from the Apple store and doesn’t require cables or electricity.
That’s because this new technology is … sheep.
A small flock of the fluffy animals was fenced in last week to clear out some brush in East Campus.
The job would typically defer to lawn mowers, but the machines couldn’t fit through the dense thicket of trees along that portion of the Oconee River.
Besides, the animals don’t emit harmful gases (apart from a little methane) or leave unsightly tracks in the ground.
Sheep are indifferent to budget cuts, ‘furr-lows’ and scholarship deductions. They work on a strictly volunteer basis.
And their food is provided by the very shrubs they remove.
Thus forms an elegantly simple solution to an ordinary problem.
Lesson learned: let nature do our work for us.
Another example exists in the seeing-eye dogs that students train on campus.
Why build an ungainly machine to guide the blind when mankind already has a best friend?
Too often we choose complex technology over simplicity.
Machines force us into sheepishness — flat, unimaginative and dependant.
We’d rather run on a treadmill than on an outdoor trail.
All that buzzing and chirping comes from our cell phones — not birds and bees.
Our favorite kind of mice are those attached to our computers.
Still, the sudden appearance of those sheep surprised, puzzled and even amused us.
In a culture where technology is routine, livestock has new found originality. These dumb animals captivate our attention in a way touchscreens and micro-processors no longer can.
The University should take this as a hint to start incorporating more farm animals into its daily functions.
Divert pest control responsibilities to a couple of hungry aardvarks.
Replace dining hall dishwashers with cows — to be used as hamburgers after they “retire.”
Generate power to campus utilizing giant hamster wheels.
Post watchful parrots as living security cameras, squawking when trouble arises.
No more buses — only llama-drawn carriages.
Think outside the box (or sheep fence) to create different approaches to common issues.
Adopt some of these ideas and we could slow our descent into a literary dystopian future.
In 1968, science fiction author Philip K. Dick asked the question, “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” In 2011, we have to ask ourselves, “Do we?” — Robert Carnes is a senior from Dunwoody majoring in newspapers”
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH: Student working to become motivational speaker by The Red and BlackMar 07, 2011 “After a video of his graduation speech garnered more than 200,000 views on YouTube, freshman Deonté Bridges is trying to balance schoolwork with the beginnings of a career in motivational speaking. After a life full of adversity, freshman Deonté Bridges plans to work toward a motivational speaking career. Bridges began on this career path after speaking as valedictorian at his high school graduation in Atlanta. Photo by Elizabath Wilson
“There was not a dry eye in the room after he gave that graduation speech,” said Bridges’ mentor Whitney Deal, an associate director of corporate social responsibility at an Atlanta law firm.
Bridges, who was valedictorian of his class at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, spoke at his high school graduation about succeeding despite adversity. The video has inspired viewers and led to public speaking opportunities for Bridges.
“For the most part, I believe it was just after experiencing so much adversity throughout my life, and still being able to focus and overcome all those obstacles, was pretty much what touched everyone,” he said. “Being a teenager or a child growing up in southwest Atlanta, things can be somewhat rough. I lost my brother at a very young age. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. I was robbed at gunpoint. Those things, along with other things — there’s just so much that I’ve experienced in these 19 years and still been able to achieve so much.”
At a young age, Bridges said it was hard to deal with his older brother’s death from cardiac arrest.
“I guess I didn’t understand the concept of death,” he said. “To this day, it still bothers me sometimes because he was just the person I looked up to.”
When he was 13 years old, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of having fun and playing video games with friends, Bridges’ priorities became caring for his mom and focusing on his schoolwork.
Three years later, he was robbed at gunpoint while walking home.
“I was very paranoid [after the robbery],” Bridges said. “It was the first time in my life that I feared leaving my house.”
But instead of being distracted by difficult events, Bridges continued to work hard at school and eventually received
$1.1 million in scholarship offers, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship.
Bridges said his first semester at the University was “very rough” because he felt overwhelmed by pressure to do well, but he’s trying to do better this semester.
“Everyone was so excited about my success and everything that was going on, and trying to live up to those expectations and do all the interviews — everything was just too much for me at that time,” he said.
His mother, Paris Hardaway, said Bridges is “doing things different, but doing them in the right way.”
She said she admires him for setting an example for other teens, and for showing them they don’t have to do things they don’t want to just to fit in. Instead, they can stand out and be successful.
Two weekends ago, the Perry Burroughs Democratic Women’s Club invited Bridges to Toledo, Ohio, to speak to elementary and high school students.
“I can recall sitting in school and having someone speak to me about the importance of education and all the reasons you should attend school, but I believe actually having someone that they can relate to, it does so much more, and it has a greater impact,” he said.
Although he’s a finance major, Bridges said he is now considering a career as a professional motivational speaker.
“I’ve come to believe maybe that’s actually what I was put here to do — inspire and uplift others,” he said. “Just show that it can be done … I have a passion for doing that — giving back and helping in the community.” Deal also mentioned Bridges’ commitment to community service and helping others, but she said she believes Bridges is an unassuming person and doesn’t seek out attention. “He’s got a zest for life and a resilience about him that really shines through,” she said. “He’s got a great ability to bridge the gap between different kinds of people and he emerged as kind of a quiet leader in his high school.””
Students debate SGA’s role on campus by The Red and BlackMar 04, 2011 “Correction Addended
Should the University’s Student Government Association cease to exist?
The University’s Demosthenian Society discussed Thursday whether SGA should be immediately disbanded in response to the presence of The Link, the unopposed party that will soon be the executive office of SGA.
The debate came about as a result of members feeling the presence of a single party running for SGA proves the disinterest of the student body and the inefficiency of the association as a whole.
Many members agreed argued SGA has become a body that has no influence or tools to make changes in the University.
“When you have a hammer, you begin to see every problem as a nail,” said Phillip Brettschneider, a member of Demosthenian who led a protest against SGA earlier this week.
Members of SGA argued the organization has tackled issues ranging from exam schedules to HOPE scholarship cuts, and is capable of making change. The group has both considered and passed resolutions at the University, members said.
“SGA’s strongest tool is the ability to take many concerns and form them into one voice,” said Eli Staggers, a candidate for Franklin College Senator.
According to Stephen Thompson, vice president of SGA, the association is dedicated to working closely with the administration and students to provide the student body’s needs. THOMPSON
And some Demosthenian members argued that deficiency does not necessarily call for disbandment of the association. These members said SGA is the one voice on campus that students have. “It is not their fault that they have no power,” Susana Baker, a member of Demosthenian, said. “SGA is not a system that is broken — it can improve.” The resolution calling for SGA’s disbandment was voted on and failed 10-25 among members and 0-17 among guests.”
Next to similar scholarships, HOPE still good deal by The Red and BlackMar 04, 2011 “The HOPE scholarship may provide a better deal than similar scholarships at other universities — even after the proposed cuts.
Since Georgia introduced the HOPE scholarship, other states have created lottery-funded scholarships of their own.
The Tennessee HOPE scholarship began in 2004 and Florida’s Bright Futures program was created in 1997.
“Our student profile has been increasing every year — higher SAT and higher GPA,” said Amy Blakely, assistant manager of public relations at the University of Tennessee.
Entering freshmen must have a minimum ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 980, or a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0.
Tennessee’s scholarship gives $4,000 per semester for four-year institutions and $2,000 for two-year institutions. According to the University of Tennessee’s website, tuition at the university is $7,382 for FY11.
William Harris, a fourth-year economics major at the University of Tennessee, said his decision to attend the university didn’t depend on the Tennessee HOPE scholarship.
“I would say it did affect my decision slightly,” he said. “I had scholarships to some other schools, so it didn’t affect my decision as much as it could.”
Steven Thompson, a senior finance major from Memphis, said in contrast to
states cutting back on lottery-funded scholarships, Tennessee has lowered the GPA necessary to maintain the scholarship and is considering extending it to cover summer classes.
“They’ve actually made it easier to keep because so many people were losing it,” he said.
Students need to keep a 2.75 GPA during their first 48 hours and then a 3.0 after 72 hours.
“It’s only $4,000, so it’s not like Georgia where everything gets paid for,” Thompson said.
However, Georgia’s HOPE is changing.
In a bill passed Tuesday by the Georgia House of Representatives, HOPE funds would pay for 90 percent of tuition and would no longer cover mandatory fees.
Under the new plan, students would pay 10 percent of FY11 tuition, which amounts to $707 per year, and decouples from future tuition hikes, which means the most HOPE will pay going forward is $6,363 per year at the University.
Florida’s state legislature has also made changes to its scholarship in the past few years to overcome funding shortfalls.
Lauren Foy, a junior and applied physiology and kinesiology major at the University of Florida, said the lottery-funded scholarship was an important factor in her decision to attend the university.
“I grew up in a military family, so my parents’ final station was Florida,” she said. “I had originally grown up as an Ohio State fan, but getting in-state tuition on top of Bright Futures, I definitely wanted to stay in-state. If Bright Futures hadn’t have been there I might have considered going out of state.”
The program has changed since Foy began college.
“Last year they made changes because so many people were on Bright Futures that it was depleting the fund,” Foy said. “So they made the requirements for Bright Futures harder so fewer people are on it and they’re giving less money.”
The highest level, the Florida Academic Scholars, receives $125 per semester hour at a four-year institution, according to the scholarship’s website. The requirements are a 3.5 high school GPA, 1270 SAT or 28 ACT and 75 hours of community service. Students must maintain a 3.0 college GPA.
The next level, Medallion Scholars, receives $94 per semester hour at a four-year institution. Students qualify with a 3.0 GPA and 970 SAT or 20 ACT.
The requirements differ for each class of high school graduates. Harris said scholarships such as the Tennessee HOPE scholarship are nice, but whether they are a good deal depends on a student’s circumstances “I think that kind of depends your financial situation,” Harris said. “I went to a private high school, so it’s a little different. I think it played a role in my group of friends, but maybe not as much as other people. I think it’s a factor in everyone’s decision.””
MUSIC NOTES by The Red and BlackMar 02, 2011 “The Red & Black’s guide to walking downtown and hearing music float off of patios through the spring air in Athens from March 3-5.
Left is All Right: Lefty Hathaway Band
Lefty Hathaway is one of those performers that never really made a decision to perform. It was born with him, or instilled in him as an infant, or maybe subconsciously implanted by radio and TV as a toddler. Courtesy Lefty Hathaway
Whatever the case may be, at an age younger than when most kids learn to read, his fate was sealed.
“I been playin’ drums since I was about 7 years old, singing since I was about 4, started playin’ piano when I was about 19 years old,” he said. “I been pretty much performin’ since I was 4 and playin’ music out at clubs since I was about 18.”
With inspiration from his grandmother — whose maiden name he adopted for his stage name — a renowned ’40s-era singer in England, Hathaway simply picked up what he could as he went along.
“I basically started playing along to some of my favorite music on the piano that my mom kept at home, basically up until college I taught myself,” he said.
In college at Northern Arizona University, he picked up skills on writing and reading music, but the focus was always on playing music he loved, by himself on his mom’s piano or with friends who could impart some knowledge.
“Primarily, most of the stuff I’ve learned has been through playing with my friends and playing with people I know,” he said.
Now he’s settled in behind the keys — which he adopted at a late age because he “found it really hard to play drums and sing at the same time” — and into the Athens scene as one of its finest purveyors of jazzed up funk with his three-piece, The Lefty Hathaway Band.
Hathaway and Co.’s sound bounces between a number of influences, such as singer/songwriter-style ballads; smoother, jazz influenced pieces; and big-sound funk dance numbers.
The show this Friday, along with benefiting Athens Family Counseling Services, will celebrate Mardi Gras and allow Hathaway to emphasize that last style, which he cites as largely referential to the New Orleans sound.
“My roots are not necessarily New Orleans roots, but a lot of my biggest influences come from that area, so we get a chance to actually play some New Orleans tunes on Friday, which I’m really excited for,” he said.
Hathaway seems to be influenced not only by the style of New Orleans music, but also the community nature of that city’s scene. He found a similar community in Athens when he moved here in 2006 and has been enjoying it since then.
“Athens is a great music community,” Hathaway said. “So getting to know everybody is kinda how we’ve kept on going, and getting opportunities to play with people and building our fan base and all that stuff, it’s been more of a collective experience and an ongoing effort than going out there and trying to expand anything.”
The ongoing effort has included helping found the Athens Music Collective in spring 2010, a cooperative group of some 30 musicians working together for a common cause.
“Basically our purpose is not only awareness [for bands and the scene] but also to try to play shows so we can raise money for community organizations,” he said.
They do this effectively, recently raising enough money through concerts to help fund a scholarship to Nuçi’s Space’s Camp Amped summer camp for musical teens.
Hathaway has taken the talents he developed with friends and shared them with new friends, and then has taken that and given back to the community that helped him do it all.
Why does Lefty Hathaway give so much, musically and otherwise, to Athens?
“Basically,” he said, “Athens has been really good to me.”
Lefty Hathaway Band
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Melting Point
More Information: Benefitting Athens Family Counseling Services
It’s a Family Affair: Oryx and Crake
Rebekah Goode-Peoples and Ryan Peoples are unassuming enough as far as married couples go. They’re both teachers, at a Sandy Springs high school and the Art Institute of Atlanta respectively, and they’ve got two kids, a boy and a girl, 7 and 2.
But for the past year, their evenings, when not spent grading papers, have been dedicated to playing shows and making headlines with their band Oryx and Crake, a haunting folk nontet that sounds a lot bigger than an evening side-project. Courtesy Max Blau
It was in Savannah, while Peoples was getting a graduate degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design, that this double life began.
“I’ve always been into music but I never played it, aside from piano lessons when I was a kid,” said Goode-Peoples, keyboardist and vocalist in Oryx and Crake.
Peoples was working on material for another band, and Goode-Peoples started helping out.
“I got involved in the writing process and then we ended up writing songs jointly — me more the lyrics and stuff and him the music side,” she said. “So we became partners that way.”
From that writing partnership stemmed a performance partnership, and that — mixed in with old and new friends filling out the sound — has created their Atlanta-based band buzzing in the ears of the music-knowledgeable around the Southeast.
In just less than a year and a half, Oryx and Crake has garnered a large following, glowing revues and gigs across the Southeast. “We had no idea that all of this would happen in such a short amount of time,” Goode-Peoples said. “We were hoping for what we have now in maybe three years.”
That’s not to say the band’s success came easily.
It took a little time and effort to adjust from couple to creative team.
“I’ve always been sort of an independent person who did my own creative work and didn’t really wanna work with other people and kinda wanted to be right about everything,” Goode-Peoples said. “So it was very hard for me to break down and say I was gonna work with somebody else and give them some slack and give myself some slack.”
Though the idea of that kind of stress added into the stress that already is young-married-parenthood might be too daunting for many, both Peoples and Goode-Peoples feel they’ve found a balance.
“I think we both have grown a lot as people from learning how to interact in that way. We definitely are not perfect at it — we definitely scream at each other sometimes and get into it, but I think that’s part of what we bring to our material,” Goode-Peoples said, adding that issues as a personal couple can both solve problems and create new material.
“Sometimes when we’re at odds with each other, sometimes we can take that and go sit down and write and work on stuff and channel that into our music and deal with it in that way … and kind of find some peace with each other about it,” Goode-Peoples said.
For Peoples, the fact that he and his wife can work together rather than just coexist makes him feel the band has enhanced the couple’s relationship as well.
“I can see where a lot of couples, married or otherwise, go home and watch TV or whatever, just drink into the night,” he said. “But we get to make stuff together.”
Although it’s been a lot of work — learning to work together, promoting themselves and putting out their record on their own — the husband and wife are dedicated and are aiming high.
“[The band is] a big, huge priority in our lives and our lives are kind of structured around making this thing happen,” Goode-Peoples said. “It’s a big commitment, and I think if we were playing around like this is a hobby we wouldn’t be putting that much effort.”
So Oryx and Crake struggles on until the day they can afford a tour baby sitter instead of asking grandparents to mind the kids while Mom and Dad go out to be rock stars.
“It is totally our dream to go tour around and take our kids with us,” Goode-Peoples said. “I think that would be pretty dreamy, but we’ll see how it goes.”
ORYX and CRAKE
When: Friday, 9:30 p.m.
Where: The 40 Watt
Price: $8 adv., $10 at the door
Also Playing: Modern Skirts and The Weeks
40 Watt Club
8:30 p.m., $5
Performance of Athens’ musicians randomly paired and given a month to start a band, benefiting Project Safe
5 p.m., free
Beloved local Latin-world-jazz bassist playing originals and standards
Flicker Theatre & Bar
8:30 p.m., $5
Acoustic guitar and whispered vocals music for a haunted forest drive
Etienne De Rocher
Folk rock that can get funky and/or quirky; at times striking, at times strange
Grungy power pop; glitter in the garage
Distinctly Southern gothic, gruff acousti-folk
New Earth Music Hall
Local jam praising at the altars of Garcia and Houser
North Carolina mountains jam-rock five-piece
The Melting Point
Revered singer-songwriter whose style draws from classic ’70s folk renaissance
Member’s of DubConscious and the Fuzzy Spouts put together acoustic mix
11 p.m., free
Indie gospel/singer-songwriter big band pop
WUOG 90.5 fm
“Live in the Lobby”
8 p.m., free
Acousti-funk and folk fronted by dynamic vocals
40 Watt Club
“See Oryx and Crake”
11 p.m., free
Echo-y indie hollerrock on the road
Local psychedelic earthy blues with post-punk yelps and hollers
9 p.m., $5 (21+), $7 (18+)
“Dondero CD release party”
Candidly hollered lyrics over unconventional acoustic folk
Dynamic, theatrical musical story-telling
The Welfare Liners
Old-tyme acoustic folk-grass, bring your jug to blow on
Americana singer-songwriter rock; self-described “small-time big-shot”
8 p.m., free
Rand Lines Trio
Piano-led jazz; classic standards and cerebral originals
New Earth Music Hall
The King of Pop is gone, but his legacy lives on
10 p.m., $4
Big Daddy Love
Hard rockin’ Americana blues-grass
A funk body with a jazz mind and a rock soul
10 p.m., free
Funky jazz jams, playing standards, originals and beyond
The Melting Point
See “Left is All Right”
Terrapin Beer Co.
5 p.m., $10 with a glass
Lawrenceville singer/songwriter plays rootsy acoustic tunes
40 Watt Club
8:30 p.m., $6 in adv.
“Georgia Theatre Benefit”
Don Chambers + GOAT
Renowned local gruff blues-Americana-country
Soulfully Southern tunes with haunted hymn vocals
Americana punk: a square dance mosh pit
Allen’s Bar & Grill
8:30 p.m., free
Mellow acousti-folk, sharp violin and ambling harmonica
10 p.m., $5 (21+), $7 (18+)
Save Grand Canyon
Acousti-lectric rock with a classic poppy sound
Taste Like Good
Prog-rock that’s aware of it’s classic roots
Old-school baritone twang plus a contemporary pop-country sensibitily
Jeff Vaughn Band
Southern rock with a heavy lean toward melody-driven country
9 p.m., free
An electronic jungle of dance pop
Little Kings Shuffle Club
10 p.m., $5
90 Acre Farm
Cornfield folk, filled out with mandolin and lovely harmonies
Horn-section infused Americana folk
No Where Bar
10 p.m., $5
Savannah reggae-dub-funk, fused and smooth
10 p.m., Free
Jammin’ rock to “funk yo world up!”
Mellow rock, electro-house, and classic rock jam all in one
The Melting Point
8 p.m., $10
Dirk Howell Band
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Recruit has ‘all the ingredients’; Curry first 2012 commit by The Red and BlackMar 02, 2011 “Georgia was already riding a wave of adrenaline after the 41-14 romping of Tennessee in October.
But that wave was only intensified when one of the top juniors in the state made a bold move and committed to the Bulldogs to play football later that day.
North Hall High School wide receiver C.J. Curry became Georgia’s first commitment for the 2012 class.
“I just knew that it was what I wanted,” Curry said. “It’s every athlete’s dream to be able to play for their home state and represent that. So this was the perfect opportunity for me.”
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, the junior standout already has a college-ready body, so working hard to get bigger in the weight room isn’t his intention for the coming fall.
“I’m pretty big right now. So for me, working on my speed is going to be the biggest thing I need to do to get ready,” he said. “I need to get faster.” CURRY
Curry’s head coach at North Hall, Bob Christmas, said he agrees that Curry’s speed is the one thing that could put him over the top as an elite wide receiver.
“He’s running around the 4.5 [second 40-yard dash] range right now, which is good speed, but that’s something I expect to continue to improve,” Christmas said.
Aside from an improvement in speed, it seems as though Curry’s high school coaches believe he will be ready to compete as soon as he gets on campus in June 2012.
“First of all, physically he’s a big kid … so he’s that big-bodied receiver that the colleges like,” Christmas said. “I think he can have a very good college career. It’s partially his stature that will help him do that. So I think he’s got all the ingredients to be a very good college receiver.”
Curry, who led North Hall in receiving in the 2010 season with 27 receptions for 426 yards, will have the opportunity to bolster those statistics, as he has another full season yet to play in his high school career.
But Curry is more concerned with the team than himself.
“It’s my senior year — my last season playing here [at North Hall],” Curry said. “So I’m going to have a new outlook on the season. I really just want to win state [championship].”
Christmas said he knows what kind of player he has in Curry and has high expectations for his star player in his senior season.
“What I’m really expecting out of him this next year is to be a leader,” Christmas said. “C.J. does a great job of being a servant on the football field, meaning he helps the guys around him get looked at and not just himself.”
Curry picked up his offer from Georgia after an impressive showing at Dawg Night this summer.
He knew then that Georgia was the right fit for him.
“It’s a combination of everything, really. The atmosphere and the coaches are really what got me though,” Curry said.
Georgia was the first school to offer a scholarship to Curry, but other schools across the country have been pouring into Gainesville to try and sway the talented receiver away from the Bulldogs.
“Since Georgia offered, I have received offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Stanford and Oklahoma State,” Curry said. Even with all these high-profile schools coming after him, Curry remains steadfast in his commitment to Georgia. “I am 100 percent committed to the University of Georgia and Mark Richt,” he said.”
Walk-on hears chants, embraces opportunity by The Red and BlackMar 01, 2011 “To the casual eye, Matt Bucklin looks like a normal University student and hardly a Georgia men’s basketball player.
He’s 6-foot, 170 pounds and is a marketing major. He doesn’t tower over his classmates and turn heads on campus, like some of his teammates.
Perhaps it’s that average Joe normality that has made the junior guard a fan favorite and the most chanted name by the student section near the end of blowout games at Stegeman Coliseum. BUCKLIN
“I don’t know why they do it,” Bucklin said. “It would be good to know that they respected the hard work I put in at practice.”
Bucklin has played in only seven games this season, averaging just 2.1 minutes per outing.
His only offensive tally this season was a free throw against High Point on Dec. 21.
But when Georgia is on the positive end of a blowout, the chants for Bucklin begin — and he’s aware of it.
“At some point you’re in the zone and you can’t really hear it,” Bucklin said. “But at that point of the game, it’s fun. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that in the back of my head I was thinking I might get a chance to play.”
The “We want Bucklin” chants were heard during Georgia’s 64-48 win over South Carolina Saturday. With 1:12 remaining on the clock and a win already secured, Georgia head coach Mark Fox cleared his bench, sending out Bucklin.
The crowd celebrated his arrival as if it was a statement of victory.
“It still feels like it comes down to the last possession,” Fox said. “But I guess the last 30 seconds you could enjoy it.”
Even though his on-court presence late in the game may not factor directly into the Bulldogs’ victories, Bucklin is humble in regards to his growing student fan base.
He learned his humility through noble advice from a family member — and distinguished basketball coach.
Tom Izzo, Michigan State head basketball coach and Bucklin’s uncle, talks to Bucklin on a regular basis, advising him on his progress as a player and how to present himself on and off the court.
“He tells me he’s proud of how I’m doing,” Bucklin said. “He definitely gave me some advice on how I should act in the gym and that not only would my performance on court be important, but as a walk-on my performance in the classroom would be important as well.”
It was that kind of advice that motivated Bucklin through the walk-on process, which started after an established career at Pope High School in his native Marietta.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother Mike — who played for Georgia during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons — Bucklin attempted to walk on the summer before his freshman year in 2008, but the Bulldogs had already reached their 15-player maximum for the season.
Rather than giving up and pursuing the life of a normal student, Bucklin stayed in touch with the program, eventually earning a spot on the team after a player was dismissed before the start of the 2008-09 season.
“During my freshman year I loved being part of the team,” Bucklin said. “I was kind of wearing my gear everywhere. I loved it.”
When Fox was hired as head coach in 2009, his introduction to Bucklin came with a scholarship offer, ensuring him a spot on the team for the remainder of his time at the University. The offer was special for him and his family, who had all University tuition and fees picked up by the University — along with some new benefits.
“Eating for free,” Bucklin said. “It helps my parents out a lot.”
Since then, Bucklin has felt at home in the Georgia men’s basketball program, earning respect from his teammates despite his low-key status on the court. Off the court, however, he is more than low-key — and the chants by the student section let him know that. “Anytime you can get out there, it’s fun,” Bucklin said. “It’s a lot of fun when I can get in the last two minutes.””