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Friday, August 30, 2019 Vol. 64 Issue I


Welcome new Jags!

By Haley Knight Content editor

Freshmen hear the same advice over and over throughout high school; prepare to gain 15 pounds, keep your work professional, and study! However, there is more to your first year of college than weight and business. Students are embarking on the journey of their adult life and The Bell Ringer is here to help! “Have a goal in life, but take the classes you like,” said Kyle Wilkerson, second-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia. Classes that interests a student should provide motivation to get through the long weeks of testing, projects, and studying. It allows for students to have a moment of relief and a class or two they can look forward to attend-

ing. “Write all your due dates in a planner and/or as a remainder in your phone,”

looks like you’re interested and trying.” A planner is a terrific idea and can be found at the local

often leads to a professional relationship that students can have confidence in and seek out for advice.

A student leaves the Science Hall during the Spring semester. - Photo by Hannah Joslin

said Celeste Holcomb, a senior majoring in accounting, “Go to your professors office hours, sometimes it’s a letter grade saver and it

Walmart or at the school bookstore located in Washington Hall. Professor’s office hours are in place for students to take advantage of. It

“I think it is important to pick a day or half a day out of the week where you don’t do school or work and do something to relax,” said Deborah

Holcomb, a junior majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in nutrition, “School is important but so is your mental health. Mental health echoes into a student’s performance. Students who take on too many classes, lack sleep, or forget to take care of themselves often find they are burn out quickly. Augusta University offers eight free sessions per semester for students to use at the Student Counseling and Psychological Services center. We hope that the year flows smoothly as freshmen adjust to attending Augusta University. They should always remember that college is not forever and that attending classes that interests them is excellent motivation. Professional relationships with professors lead to exceptional advice and mental health is most important.

Study abroad journal: Scotland Not just kilts and bagpipes By Taylor Buettner Staff writer

Passport: Check. Suitcase with wheels that won’t break off: Check. Scarf and raincoat: Check. Dramamine for the seven-hour trans-Atlantic flight: Check. This summer, I got the opportunity to travel out of the country for the first time. I honestly wouldn’t have picked this country as my first choice, but Scotland was an experience nonetheless. Imagine a free range of every shade of green; sandstone and brick buildings that stand more than a hundred years old; crisp and clean air, comparably much better-quality air than back home; and wet streets, umbrellas and rain boots everywhere. Over the span of 13 days, our AU Study Abroad group began

Twenty AU students traveled to Scotlant this summer. This photo shows a panoramic view of Arthur’s Seat, on the edge of Edinburgh. The Firth of Forth is in the background. - Photo by Taylor Buettner

by sightseeing in Edinburgh, traveling to four other cities and then ending in Glasgow. After Edinburgh we traveled north to Inverness, then west to Isle of Skye (some of us called it “Isle of Cry,” because we quite literally cried a lot there—don’t ask), south to Oban (pronounced “Oh-pin,” by locals) and lastly to Glasgow. As we traveled, we stopped at many unique buildings and monuments. We explored cathedrals, churches and castles

enriched in Scotland’s history. To be able to stand somewhere and feel the walls and see the ceilings of these historic places creates a feeling that is unexplainable and indescribable. The observation that stuck most with me was realizing how spiritual other cultures are compared to the culture I know. We got to visit this beautiful forest called Clootie Well, where fairies exist, and prayers are heard. Steven, a local Scotsman

we ran into at the Well, shared with us that people typically visit this Well in hopes that their prayers will be heard. You bring an “offering,” a piece of clothing or ribbon, dip it into the well, and then tie it onto a tree and pray. Every single location I stepped foot on offered something very different than the last. Each place we traveled to @aug_bellringer

is a hidden gem and artifact to Scotland, its people and me. My experience in Scotland was just that—my experience. And my experience was just a preview of what Scotland really has to offer. Scotland isn’t just kilts, bagpipes and Harry Potter; it’s a wealth of historic battles and eras, it’s modern yet lax and in my opinion, very homey.



Friday, August 30, 2019



August 14th: Lemonade Brigade, 11am –2pm (Summerville campus) August 20th: Taste of Augusta, 11am –1pm (Amphitheatre) August 22nd: Crew Fall Kickoff: Escape Room, 8 –10pm (Wellness Center) Fight cancer with your fork, 12 –3pm August 24th: Excersions, (Augusta Greenjackets game)


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My favorite thing about Augusta University: students speak By Rachel Visintainer Copy editor

Augusta University is meant to provide an atmosphere of opportunity where students can grow, set goals, achieve dreams, and develop success, whatever success might look like for that individual. But to get the fullest experience from this University, you have to familiarize yourself with what AU provides. Several students and recent graduates shared their favorite thing about Augusta University with us. What they have to say may inform you of the best Augusta University has to offer--and, perhaps, lead you to discover your own favorite thing. Elisa Atkins, Recent Graduate in Music: I think my favorite thing about AU was the small class sizes. It can feel like a big university, but most classes were still intimate and not huge like a lot of schools. St. Julian Cox, Senior Communication Major: My favorite thing about Augusta University is the integration of the university with the city of Augusta. Not from a cultural standpoint like you see in Athens with UGA, but from a business standpoint. It’s great that professors push us to contact local businesses and interesting people in order to get certain assignments done. It builds not only our portfolios, but also our network within the city that we are studying in a meaningful way. Brandon Edwards, Recent Graduate in Management: My favorite thing about

Augusta University is the deeply rooted culture of servant leadership among the undergraduates. From ADPi’s Princesses and Pis, to Dance Marathon, and to Pi Kappa Phi’s Rose Queen Scholarship Pageant, students are taking a stand to make the world a better place. Humberto Garduno Senior Health Services and Pre-med Major: My Favorite thing about AU is that it offers many opportunities to accomplish your goals, but it takes dedication. Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Communication Major: My favorite thing about AU is the beautiful campus. Odessa Hinton, Sophomore Early Education Major: My favorite thing about Augusta University would have to be community. It is a place where so many people from different walks of life can come together to learn and live as a single community. It’s a place where people from different backgrounds can engage in discourse in a collegiate manner without much fear of retaliation or being ostracized. I can be me... I love it here! Kit (Katie) Jester, Senior Psychology Major: I think my favorite things about Augusta University have been the connections I have established alongside the amazing support that I have received throughout my time learning here. These have allowed and inspired me to keep moving forward. Do know this: There are more opportunities

here than can be seen on the surface. Look for them. I hope you overcome and grow through the challenges and triumphs the next four years have in store. We all want to see you succeed. Hannah Haneul Kim, Sophomore Kinesiology Major: I like everything about AU. I loved how AU has small class sizes so that we can communicate easily with classmates and professors. The biggest advantage is that there are many places (Student Success Center, Writing Center, etc.) where you can get help for your assignment or anything that you need help with during the school year. Mary Kate Moore, Senior Music Major: My favorite thing about AU is the professors’ dedication to make each and every student better in the field they are studying, as well as in life. Apurva Nemala, Sophomore Cell and Molecular Biology Major: My favorite thing about Augusta University is how excited every faculty member is for you to succeed and truly utilize the time you spend at AU. They are always looking to help you to the best of their abilities whether you have questions about your classes or a potential career. Arman Qureshi, Recent Graduate in Cell and Molecular Biology: I would have to say my favorite thing about AU would definitely be the professors who made it a point to know their students!

Arman Qureshi, Recent graduate in ell and Molecular biology Apurva Nemala, Sophomore Cell and Molecular Biology Major

Elisa Atkins, Recent graduate of Music St. Julian Cox, Senior Communication Major

Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Communication major

Top five essential photography locations around Augusta By Cameron Miller Photo editor

If you’re an Augusta native who is new tophotography, or if you’re a photographer who is new to the area, this list is for you. Consider this a list of “essentials”—there are special gems of locations you’ll find the more you explore. 1) Augusta Riverwalk The Riverwalk showcases perhaps the most iconic views in Augusta, and it’s for that reason I place it at number one. Full of gardens and quaint picnic tables,the Riverwalk observes the Savannah River and waterfront homes on the South Carolina border, and just above the hill are the buildings and alleyways of Downtown Augusta. This combination gives the photographer the best of both worlds. Among the many wonderful fascinations along

the pathway is the Sixth Street Railroad Bridge, an epitomic displayof Augusta. 2) Broad Street Historic District Broad Street and the

tural evolution, from the skyscraper Lamar Building and neon-lit Miller Theater to the stylish Frog Hollow Tavern and contemporary WestobouGallery. Augusta’s downtown

The Lamar Building is a 17 story building located downtown on Broad street. - Photo by Cameron Miller

surrounding historic district are quintessential Augusta –exhibiting its rich architec-

setting is the perfect blend of culture and creativity for photographers keen on capturing

street portraits and architectural design. 3) MEDAC Parking Garage Around the corner from Brick Pond Park, the MEDAC Parking Garage boasts a fresh and beautiful perspective from its top level. With a picturesque view of the Augusta skyline from its top level, the garage is also adjacent to the Greeneway Trail, a treelined path equally fitf or taking portraits as it is for biking. 4) Brick Pond Park A restored wetland ecosystem located off Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, Brick Pond Parkisthe ideal location for portrait photographers seeking a simple, natural environment for senior, engagement, and family sessions. In addition to the ponds, this location includes pondside pathways, a bridge, and wooded trails. In autumn,

Brick Pond Park is absolutely vibrant. Just keep an eye out for alligators, snakes and other present wildlife. 5) Augusta Canal The views of the dam and river by the Canal provide an excellent introductory area for photographers eager toexplore, making the location great for adventure shoots. For those willing to stroll or take a run, the main towpath offers a variety of shots of the lush greenery and rushing water on either side. No two photographers are alike, making it helpful that Augusta has such a variety of scenes for every viewfinder. Hopefully this fundamental list will help you as you beginyour photo adventure. You’re sure to stumble upon your own unique favorites along the way.


Friday, August 30, 2019


Performance Recap: revisiting the shows of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 By Rachel Visintainer Copy editor

When one of my friends joined Augusta University as a music major, he began to open me up to everything that happens in the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus. He invited me to one concert after the other--not just recitals by his classmates, but performers who had traveled all over the world! I began to keep track of the events calendar on the AU website and was delighted with what I found. If you have an interest in live music (of almost any style), theatrical performance, talent shows, movies, even the circus, the Maxwell Theatre is most likely hosting an event to fit your taste. The best part? Every show is free to Augusta University students. Upon attending these events, I began to realize that this is what my university experience had been missing: a chance to see fun, beautiful, and culturally enriching performances for free. To give you a taste for the possibilities, here is a recap of the shows hosted on campus over the past academic year. Fall 2018 Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar This group has transcended cultural boundaries with their fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop and musical theatre hits. Thanks to their viral videos and millions of loyal YouTube followers, they are positioned to be one of the brightest new groups on the gospel scene. Department of Music Gala Each year the Gala Concert is a remarkable event, raising money to support music scholarships. The concert features students in all of the Department of Music Ensembles. REBEL with Matthias Maute Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel, REBEL was formed in The Netherlands in 1991. Since then the ensemble has garnered an impressive international reputation with their unique style. “Every Brilliant Thing” A play by Duncan Macmillian, directed by Professor Doug Joiner. Performed by one actor, student Ben Evans, this show explored depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. “The Amish Project” A play by Jessica Dickey, directed by Professor Doug Joiner. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

The Jimmy Owens Quintet This legendary Jazz artist has over forty-five years of experience as a Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant. His experience covers a wide range of international musical achievement. Dali String Quartet The Dalí Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical, and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada, and South America. Spring 2019 Dinara Klinton, pianist This pianist studied at the Moscow State Conservatory and the Royal College of Music. Klinton has been a finalist in the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, the first recipient of the Benjamin Britten Fellowship at the RCM, and has shared her music across the globe. “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” A musical adapted from Louise Shivers’ novel by Professor Doug Joiner and Mark Swanson, directed by Professor Doug Joiner and Ben Evans. Set in 1937 North Carolina, Roxy Walston is the wife of a struggling tobacco farmer and mother of a two-year-old. When Jack Ruffin enters Roxy’s life, it is changed forever. A Little Friday Night Music The Augusta University Opera Workshop presented a selection of scenes for viewers’ entertainment. Augusta University Jazz Ensemble with Andrea Brachfeld & Insight AU’s own Jazz Ensemble had the pleasure of joining Andrea Bachfeld, famous jazz flutist, on the stage. Brachfeld’s breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga ’76 catapulted

her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States, and has since then one numerous awards. Trio con Brio Copenhagen Founded in Vienna in 1999, Trio con Brio Copenhagen has been exploring the piano trio repertoire with freshness and curiosity as well as with respect and reflection. Youth Concerto Competition A competition open to students ages 10-18 who reside in Georgia or South Carolina who play orchestral instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and piano. Selected performers competed for cash prizes up to $500. Cirque Zuma Zuma Known as the “ultimate African circus,” this show is filled with non-stop action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and music. MCG’s Got Talent: A Benefit Show A benefit show filled with both performing and visual arts, featuring med students, faculty, and staff! All proceeds benefited Child Enrichment Inc., a local non-profit providing therapeutic services and advocacy resources for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. “Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia” A play written, adapted, and directed by Melanie Kitchens O’Meara, Ph.D. Inspired by historic Augusta photographs in the Georgia Archives “Vanishing Georgia Collection,” students used performance to interpret, celebrate, and interrogate Georgia’s “vanishing” history and culture. Silkroad Ensemble Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learn-

ing to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and countries, from Spain and Japan to

and the Conservatory Jazz Ensembles, and much more. Too Darn Hot: Opera Initiative Show For World Voice Day on April 19th at 1 p.m., the Augusta

The “Moving Photographs” cast perfors the secne “Mulberry Trees.” Bell Ringer file photo

Syria and the United States. Junior Recitals: Christina Gosey, piano; Catherine Gosey, piano; Senior Recitals: Antonika Colbert, violin; Forest Kirkland, piano Music students perform for the public, bringing their gifts to light and showing how far they have come in their study, practice, and love of music. Jazz and American Music Celebration Week The AU Music Department and Wycliffe Gordon presented “Jazz and American Music Celebration Week.” There were several concerts, ranging from Americana Jazz with the Kentucky Serenade to classic big band swing with AU Jazz

Andrea Collins performs during “Here to get my Baby out of Jail” directed by Doug Joiner - Bell Ringer file photo

University Opera Initiative presented a cabaret concert intended to delight the senses and charm imagination. They performed music by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and Leonard Bernstein with a jazz combo. Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert Always one of the highlights of the year, this concerto presents the most talented musicians at the University chosen by competitive audition. Each winner plays a concerto with the Augusta University Orchestra. This past year, the concert featured Jovania Coleman, mezzo-soprano, Catherine and Christina Gosey, piano, and Ontario Williams, baritone. An Evening of Bamboo Flute Music Mr. Yang Liu, visiting professor from Shanghai Normal University, performed music by Wycliffe Gordon and Martin David Jones on the bamboo flute. Guest performers included Robert Foster and the Music Ensemble from Shanghai University College of Traditional Chinese Music. Regular Returns Expect events from these groups almost any semester Augusta University Orchestra Augusta University Wind Ensemble University Singers Sand Hills String Band Cinema Series



Popeyes or Chick-fil-A: Who has “Hobbs & Shaw:” a faster and furiousier spinoff the best chicken sandwich? By Ravyn Chatmon Online editor

People have been flocking to Popeyes since the release of the fast-food restaurant’s new chicken sandwich nearly two weeks ago, and the craze hasn’t died down yet. Some locations in Augusta have even sold out of the new sandwich. Many people were quick to compare the sandwich with that of Chickfil-A, so Bell Ringer columnist and photographer Cameron Miller and I dashed to both restaurants to try this out for ourselves. Here is our comparison:

with a layer of regular mayo, and a chipotle mayo accompanies the Spicy sandwich. Although the Popeyes sandwiches come pre-sauced, their Sweet Heat Sauce is the main partner. The Breading: Popeyes chicken is fried in a thicker buttermilk batter. Chick-fil-A uses a flour-and-milk breading. The Service: Chick-fil-A’s service was prompt as usual. Even with the drive-thru full and customers lined up inside, employees pumped out our order swiftly while delivering their signature “my pleasure” after each

added to the chicken nonetheless. The Popeyes Spicy sandwich had a definite kick, while Chick-fil-A’s had a more mild flavor. However, both chicken breasts were tender. Final Thoughts Cameron is a self-proclaimed Chick-fil-A superfan, but here’s what he had to say. “The Popeyes sandwich definitely surprised me. It’s really good. The pickles on the Popeyes sandwich are better than the ones on the Chick-fil-A sandwich. I think both were stellar.” He admits that Chick-fil-A still reigns supreme but

By Christopher Mason Winkler Editor in chief

When a rogue MI6 agent, Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), steals a lethal virus that could wipe out the world’s population, she becomes the world’s most wanted woman. In an effort to try and track her down and retake the virus, the CIA seeks to enlist two of the world’s greatest trackers, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Is Popeyes viral chicken sandwich, left, as good as Chick-fil-A’s classic? - Photo by Cameron Miller

The Breakdown The Buns: Both Popeyes and Chick-fil-A are sporting toasted, buttered buns. Popeyes has a slightly bigger brioche bun, while Chick-fil-A’s bun is a little softer. The Pickles: Chick-fil-A’s sandwiches had a few small, thinner pickles to pair with their chicken, but on the Popeyes sandwiches, the pickles were larger, thicker and crunchier. The Sauces: Both Chick-fil-A Original and Spicy sandwiches come without sauce but are known to be paired with their Chick-fil-A Sauce. Popeyes Original sandwiches come

request. Popeyes was busy with long lines inside and out, but couldn’t keep up as well. Many people walked in just to walk right back out because of the lines. The overall wait time for our order was over 40 minutes while Chick-fil-A had us in and out in about 10 minutes. And last, but certainly not least, The Chicken. Popeyes’s chicken sandwich is definitely bigger. It featured a very hefty filet (a thick-fil-A, if you will). The buttermilk batter also gave it a crunchy exterior. Chick-fil-A’s filet was a bit smaller but featured the taste of its dill pickle brine. The breading was softer but

How local coffee shops and restaurants are looking out for students By Jonathan Klein Staff writer

Did you know with your jag card you can get a discount at some local coffee shops and certain restaurants? Local business owners care about students and want to help them out as much as they can by offering discounts specifically to them.

“We have a discount for military and students,” said Shane Lysse, owner of Inner Bean Cafe. “We want to give discounts to the hard working. It needs to be done. We offer a 15% discount on coffee, smoothies and milkshakes,” she said.

doesn’t deny that the Popeyes sandwich was great. He also mentioned that the Sweet Heat Sauce helped to boost up Popeyes’s sandwich. Overall, for convenience, reliable, familiar flavors and a meal that’s not as heavy, Chick-fil-A is the obvious choice. If you’re looking for a heartier meal with a cajun kick (and you have a bit more time on your hands), Popeyes is the way to go. I’d say Popeyes is worth the wait, anyway. Note: As of Aug. 28, all Popeyes restaurant locations are sold out of the chicken sandwich. Everyday Summerville Scoops 15% Inner Bean 15% Tin Lizzys 10% Tropical Smoothie Cafe 10 % Chicken Salad Chick 10% Monday and Tuesday Village Deli 15% Wednesday and Thursday Pizza Joint 15% Thursday Craft and Vine 15% Farmhaus 15%

“The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), but there is only one problem: they’re not the only ones after it. An organization called Etheon has set loose one of its most deadly assassins, Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a genetically altered and advanced human with the nickname “the black superman,” to retrieve it at any means necessary. Outgunned and outmatched, the two frenemies Hobbs and Shaw have to learn to see eye to eye and work together in order to fight off Lore and retrieve the virus before it is too late. Unlike your typical Fast and Furious movie, “Hobbs & Shaw” does not rely on unrealistic car chases and nonstop action to drive the film. While the film does have some of these elements, it is not to the degree of distracting from the actual plot. The banter between Statham and Johnson provides comedic relief and surprise cameos are featured throughout the film. Most cameos in big box office Hollywood movies often go unnoticed to the viewer while watching the film, but in “Hobbs & Shaw” this is not the case. This movie is a refreshing take to the Fast and Furious franchise that fans and newcomers alike can enjoy. “Hobbs & Shaw” is now playing at Riverwatch, Regal, and Evans Cinemas.

“Spider-Man Far From Home” picks up where “Endgame” leaves off By Christopher Mason Winkler Editor in chief

After the events of Avenger’s Endgame, high school student and webslinger Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is struggling to find his place in school and the world of crime fighting. With Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) now gone, people are turning to Spider-Man to be the next Iron Man. Parker wishes to be a normal kid for a moment and hang out with his friends, so he leaves his Spidey suit behind to enjoy a European summer school trip. When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) hijacks Parker’s trip, he quickly learns that escaping the pressures of heroism might not be that easy. Many attacks from entities unknown begin to happen across Europe, inevitably forcing Parker to spring into action alongside an interdimensional crime fighter Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). While Beck appears to be one of the good guys, he may have a more nefarious plan for Parker and the rest of the Avengers. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is a great way for Marvel to end phase four of its cinematic universe. It successfully shows the ripple effects from the films before it while setting grounds for a whole new line of films. Over the course of “Far From Home,” Holland’s character realizes that living up to Iron Man’s legacy means choosing to protect others as his own self in his own way. This film truly shows the growth and maturation of Holland’s character while maintaining the signature Marvel flare that keeps people coming back for more. You can still catch “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in select theatres.


Friday, August 30, 2019


Pho Bac in Evans is absolutely pho-nomenal By Bri Stanley Saunders Contributor

On rainy days in Augusta, little else cuts through the drear like a thoughtfully brewed, piping hot bowl of veggie stew. During one such day, I decided to drop into the little, unassuming, Vietnamese eatery known as Pho Bac. Nestled on Towne Center Drive near Evens Cinemas, the small building does look a little run down. The smell of fresh dirt and exotic spices hung in the air as the pond outside bubbled with algae. A “Help Wanted” sign was taped to the window. The dining room, while slightly cleaner, was in a similar state of disrepair. The booths, worn with age, creaked and the table was sticky, but all of this could be forgiven if the meal is well worth it. I was greeted by a warm smile by my waiter, who swiftly produced my order of Thai Tea with Boba, which was absolutely delicious. Its tapioca pearls were exactly the right consistency and the tea was perfectly sweetened. My order of shrimp spring rolls was similarly satisfying. The best part of my order by far was the soup. Accompanied by a hearty plate of veggies and herbs, its steam fogged my glasses. After a few stabs with my fork to break up the hunk of noodles at the bottom, I dove at the bowl. The broth was rich and decadent; a flawless base to its neighbors. The long noodles tasted like a grandmother made them with love. By the end of the meal, I was bloated and beyond satisfied. Despite its tattered décor and overall underwhelming atmosphere, the food is wicked good. This place would be great for date night, with or without the kids in tow, as it’s not at all formal and has a T.V. to entertain them. Its prices are more than reasonable. My husband and I each had a Thai tea, full meal and an appetizer to boot, all for under $40. Its four-out-of-five stars review on Yelp and Google is well deserved and maybe even a bit conservative. If you have the time or desire to try something new, I highly recommend stopping by this little hole-in-the-wall.

The noodle soup at Pho Bac in Evans is hearty and delicious. - Photo by Bri Stanley Saunders

4300 Towne Center Drive, Evens, GA, 30809 Open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featured Dish: Vietnamese Noodle Soup and other traditional dishes Payment: Cash or Card Price Range: $ (706) 945-1981 Pho Bac is located near Washington Road and Riverwatch Parkway in Evan. Courtesy of Google Maps

The good and bad of Bonefish Grill By Aunarey Herbert Jr. Contributor

I recently went with my family to eat at Bonefish Grill. Bonefish Grill is a top-rated seafood restaurant in Augusta. Bonefish Grill, part of a chain, is a restaurant that stays busy every day of the week and usually exceeds the standards of most restaurants. I attended to Bonefish Grill with my family so that we could take advantage of the 6-dollar promotion for their famous top selling item known as Bang Bang Shrimp. If you haven’t had the Bang Bang Shrimp you should definitely try it; the taste is sweet and spicy with a crunch. Also, you can use the lettuce provided in the bowl to make a shrimp lettuce wrap as well. The presentation of the restaurant is nice. It is always clean, and the pricing of the food is affordable. However, while there I experienced some problems. My server was terrible. I’ve never had problems in the past but today was just the worst. The bread came out quickly,

but our glasses of water did not. We asked for another order of bread after finishing the first basket of bread. We received bread when the to-go boxes came out, and we had asked for to-go boxes twice. Our server didn’t notify the people in the back on which table the food would be brought to; so, our food kept

being delivered to the wrong table. Our server didn’t spend much time at our table and at times she was difficult to find. I like the food that they make but the server just made the whole experience terrible today. The temperature of the food was good; the food smelled good. The food was fresh as always and the chefs always

do a good job at the presentation of food, the quality of food, and the quantity of food given on a plate. I will still go to the restaurant in the future. I just hope that I don’t receive the same service that I experienced today. If you haven’t been then you should go and try it for yourself.

Bonefish Grill 2911 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30909 Monday- Friday 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

The sweet and spicy Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill are outstanding. The service, however, leaves something to be desired. - Photo courtesy of Bonefish Grill




Jaguar spring sports review Sarah Tychsen Sports editor

The 2018 – 2019 sports season proved successful for the Jaguars both in the classroom and on the field. The overall cumulative GPA for all sports was above a 3.0 grade average, showcasing talent both in the classroom and on the field. Throughout the Fall and Spring seasons the Jaguars broke records, won tournaments, and achieved above a 3.0 GPA throughout all competing teams. In cross-country the men’s team took second at the Peach Belt Conference. They then took third place at regionals and claimed themselves an advancing spot into the national championships. On December 3, the men’s team finished 28th at the NCAA nationals. Four jaguars were named All-Regional and All-Conference where Augusta finished top three in every race entering into the championship, which included two first place finishes. The women’s cross-country team finished fifth at the Peach Belt Conference. Junior McKenzie Knudsen and sophomore Micah Weathers were named Peach Belt All-Conference at the tournament. The women’s team would finish out their season at regionals earning them a 10th place finish. Volleyball had one of its best seasons yet. They set a new

record as six of their team players were named Peach Belt All-Academics. Senior McKenzey Beck was named first-team All-Conference honors, while sophomore Chloe Allen picked up second team All-Conference honors. They managed to battle it out on the court throughout the entire Peach Belt Conference earning them a first-place finish. They then advanced onto regionals and claimed their spot into the NCAA national championships after finishing third at regionals. However, Augusta fell after the first round against Georgia 3-1 which finished their season. In men’s basketball, Augusta beat Aiken in the Peach Belt championship game. Augusta won its tenth game in a row to clinch the Peach Belt Conference. Advancing to the NCAA championships, Augusta beat Francis Marion in the opening game. They would then beat USC Aiken to advance in regionals, where they unfortunately lost against Queens. Augusta finished the season 28-6 to take the third most wins in the school’s history. Senior Deane Williams received All-District Honor from NABC and was named to the D2CCA All-Region team. It was a difficult season for the women’s basketball team. Freshman Kiera Howard got her career best of 25 points, in Augusta’s loss to Francis Marion. They ended their season

off with a road loss to Lander. Baseball opened their season in a win against Mars Hill, hit five home runs in the game against Georgia Southern. Although they concluded season with a loss against Lander, Augusta won against USC Aiken at SRP Park. Softball struggled with their first opening game, but finally got their first win against Anderson. Augusta managed to win against rival USC Aiken. They celebrated their seniors versing Georgia College and unfortunately were defeated. Augusta managed to claim victory against Claflin in their final road series of the season. Men’s tennis opened their season with a strong victory against JCSU. They claimed another win against Coker in Non-Conference play. They then took a loss against Georgia College in the opening game at Conference. On their senior day, the team managed to claim a win against Georgia Southwestern. They made their way to the Peach Belt Conference to finish out their season, where they were defeated by rival USC Aiken in the quarterfinals. Women’s tennis opened their season alongside the men claiming a strong win against JCSU. The jaguars took a win at the FMU Non-Conference tournament. They managed to secure a win against Georgia Southwestern. Augusta won against Lander

in their first home game in Conference. They made it to the quarterfinals but were unfortunately defeated by Flagler in the Peach Belt Tournament. They were named the ITA All-Academic team as six of their players were honored as scholar-athletes. The men’s golf team opened up their season coming 12th at the Southwestern Invitational. They then went on to compete in the Gary Freeman Invitational where they managed to secure their first win of the season. Junior McCullough Pickens won the individual title, winning his first tournament as a jaguar. At their home event, the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, the jaguars managed to finish in sixth place. Augusta managed to finish first at the MEAC Championship. Freshman Alex Van Wyk won the individual title, winning his first tournament as a jaguar. Augusta went onto NCAA regionals, but unfortunately did not make it to Nationals. The women’s golf team opened their season out in Puerto Rico where they finished in 10th place. They then went on to compete at the Moon Golf Invitational where they finished in seventh. At their home event, the Valspar Augusta Invitational, they managed to secure a third place finish. The team managed to finish first in the strokeplay at the Liz Murphey

Classic and runner up in the matchplay. The team went on to compete at the NCAA East Lansing Regionals where they concluded their season. The team shot the lowest 36-hole and 54-hole scores and three jaguars achieved the lowest scoring average in the team’s history. The team also claimed the lowest par-3, par-4, and par-5 scoring average. They received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for being in the top-10 for academics. Men’s track and field opened up their season taking second at the Victor Icebreaker duals. They finished runner up at the Trojan Challenge. Sophomore Hunter Kimball earned All-Conference honors after finishing second in the 10,000-meter race at Peach Belt Championships, finishing fourth as a team overall. The team finished third at Kennesaw State. The women’s track and field finished sixth at the Victor Icebreaker duals. Sophomore Micah Weathers was named Peach Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. They managed to take third place at the PBC/ Gulf South Crossover. They finished 7th at the Peach Belt Championships. Sophomore Micah Weathers and senior Kiana Smith were named All-Region honorees. Women’s track managed to get seven of their players onto the PBC All-Academic Team.

What to expect this season Sarah Tychsen Sports editor

As preparation is going into the 2019 – 2020 season, the fall sports line up definitely brings much excitement for our competing jaguars. Men’s cross country will start their first race in North Carolina. They will compete six times in the fall, also hoping that they will make it to the NCAA’s. In women’s cross country they will also start their season out in North Carolina and compete six times throughout the fall. Close attention will be on Junior Micah Weathers and Senior McKenzie Knudsen as they were named Peach Belt All-conference and are strong competitors for their team. Volleyball will start their season out in September, with their first game in North Carolina. Junior Chloe Allen will be a strong competitor

for the team this year. They have a number of games this fall, and without a doubt are looking for a stronger season. Men’s basketball will start their season off in the late fall and are hoping for another strong year. Sophomore Tyree Myers and Sophomore Miguel Arnold, who was named co-Freshmen of the year, are two of the team’s top players. Women’s basketball will also have a late start to their season this fall. Sophomore Kiera Howard will be looking to increase her career best and is a strong competitor for the team. Peach Belt Conference Freshmen of the year, Asia Harrison, will also be one of the team’s strong competitors. The women’s team are looking for a sturdier season this year. Men’s golf had a difficult start to their Spring season, however, they managed to

finish out their season with a couple wins. This fall they will open the season out in September at the Maui Jim Collegiate, followed by three other tournaments. Sophomore Alex Van Wyk, winner of an individual title, Senior Gustav Anderson, and Senior McCullough Pickens, also a winner of an individual title, are strong players for the team this coming season. The women’s golf team will have three tournaments this fall season. They will begin their season in Knoxville and will follow up with a tournament in Mexico. Seniors Charlotte Alran, who had the lowest score in school history, Linda Lundqvist, and Junior Teresa Diez-Moliner, are the team’s strongest players. It is going to be an exciting year for fall sports in jaguar nation. Go out and support your fellow jaguars this fall season!

Men’s basketball players Darren Lucas-White, left, a sophomore guard from Capitol Heights, Maryland, and Tyree Myers, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, Maryland, shoot hoops in the Christenberry Fieldhouse. The team’s first game is November 8 against Mount Olive. - Photo by Sarah Tychsen

Jags looking strong for upcoming season Men’s basketball player Tyree Myers, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, Maryland, works out in the weight room at Christenberry Fieldhouse. - Photo by Sarah Tychsen

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August 30, 2019 Vol. 64 Issue I  

Student newspaper of Augusta University

August 30, 2019 Vol. 64 Issue I  

Student newspaper of Augusta University