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February 2018

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Editorial for February

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Angye Morrison Connect Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone is all loved up during this month where we focus on hearts, flowers, chocolates and all things warm and fuzzy. In this issue, we’ve written about two local couples — one a newly-wedded pair, the other married a long time. We thought they might be able to shed some light on this thing called love. We think you’ll enjoy reading about how they keep love strong. Or at least, in the case of the newlyweds, how they plan to! We have included some information on an annual tradition in Statesboro: Rockin’ Out for Alzheimer’s. This year’s event will be held on March 2 and will feature the Yacht Rock Schooner Band. If you love the music of the 70s and 80s, you’ll love this band. This event has raised thousands for Alzheimer’s-related needs in the Statesboro area, and we can’t think of a more fun way to spend an evening…or a more worthy cause. This month is American Heart Month, and we thought it would be great to spend some time talking about women and heart disease. We spoke to a local expert, and we’ve provided you with some information that may just save your life — or the life of someone you love. And last, but certainly not least, we have an article on the Statesboro Voice competition. This is the first year for this exciting event, and we have all the deets. Watch for interviews with the contestants who will be vying for that top spot in an upcoming issue. We’re excited to see the Boro’s most talented singers take their turn in front of the mic. Enjoy this issue — and some chocolates!

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The Arts Thursday, February 8 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Emma Kelly Theater Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Book, this production has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. It’s a fast and riotous ride, complete with audience participation. Follow an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they battle for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show will be Feb. 8-10, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $18. Call to purchase tickets at (912) 212-2787, or go online at Thursday, February 22 The Cashore Marionettes at the Emma Kelly Theater In the performance of Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore will present his collection of marionette masterworks, taking the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. It’s a one of a kind night for adults and young adults. Tickets are $16 for the 7 p.m. show. Saturday, February 24 Young Irelanders, Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University Making old traditions new again, this group of eight talented performers transport the audience to Ireland with their fresh take on Celtic music, song and dance. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call (912) 4787999 or go online at

OTHER Friday, February 2 F1RST Friday: Statesboro – Downtown Date Night, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Date night in downtown Statesboro. Walk the downtown area and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and entertainment. Do you have THE voice? Statesboro’s new vocal competition will feature eight local contestants competing for cash prizes during a live performance on April 28. To compete for your chance to win, you must submit a two-minute video showcasing your vocal skills. Video submissions will be accepted through Feb. 23. The competition is for ages 16 and up, and there is a $10 submission fee. To enter, go online at Learn to dance! Come and learn the rumba or to waltz at Averitt Center for the Arts. Instructors Jimmy and Gail McNeely and Paul and Rebecca Hibbs will have you and your sweetheart dancing like pros in no time. For the rumba, tuition is $59 for single, $117 for a couple, and the classes are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. through Feb. 22. For the waltz, tuition is $39 for single, $78 for a couple, and the classes run Feb. 7-28, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

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Chaos and Contentment • By Cristina Emberton

The best valentines… It’s chilly outside and the sun is casting its early morning colors. My son, in middle school now, sits on the front step as he does every morning. He’s usually out there early with his backpack and saxophone; sometimes I have to bring his lunch with me as I join him. I’m shivering with my coffee in my hands because it’s too cold for just a robe. I procrastinated and didn’t get dressed for work yet, but don’t want to miss my “goodbye.” This is the short time with my son before school while my daughter is still begrudgingly getting herself together for the day. Sometimes I ask about the week or what he is practicing in band. Other times he tells me about an event the previous day. I try to end it on a positive note as I see the bus turn the corner, heading our way… “The day is what you make it!” or “Good job on yesterday’s quiz!” ….whatever I can think of at the time. It usually ends with some sort of the following: Me: “Hey, gimme a kiss!” Him: “No Mom, I gotta go!” Me: “Get over here and hug me at least!” 8

I’m looking at the back of his head and know he is rolling his eyes. Sometimes I get a quick hug, sometimes just a “No Ma. Love you…..” “you” trails off as he rushes away. This morning I actually got a blown kiss! I loved that! Now that he is older, I have to recognize the not-so-obvious loving moments. The treasure hides in the sincerity behind them. A requested outing, “…just you and me, please?” or an unexpected bear hug are the places where my little boy’s love lurks. I cherish the days when I joined my son for lunch and he couldn’t let go of me. Fifth grade was the first time he was embarrassed that I had come to visit him (sigh). Although I know the day will come again when my son will wrap his big arms around me and be proud to do it, I already miss his small arms wrapping around my legs. I’ve given my children a thousand kisses on sleeping foreheads they know nothing about and the past keepsakes made by them are comfortably tucked away. Sometimes I come across these creations, not understanding exactly the craft’s purpose or genre. I

still have an oyster shell with legs, eyes and a poem explaining his name is “Doofus.” Caregivers, pre-K and elementary teachers, parapros and substitutes have helped my children make projects and crafts along the way. Picture frames and cards that I know little hands did not do on their own. As their fine motor skills are being tested during attempts at using scissors, a coaching voice is there saying, “Thumbs up while cutting.” I would not have these treasures without my children’s teachers. The excitement and love shown when displaying their creation is irreplaceable. Although they physically completed about a quarter of the masterpiece, it matters not! The joy displayed on their faces while presenting it melts my heart. These are the best valentines! No longer are the prized gifts carefully brought to the pickup line, but I recognize that when they did, he couldn’t have done it alone. Thank you to the teachers and caregivers that demonstrate, repeat instructions, and cut all the parts and pieces needed to make these crafts. You have assisted my child in making gifts for parents or grandparents and created a loving moment! “Doofus” will forever be treasured!

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wish I could turn back the clock. I’d find you sooner and love you longer.” Johnny and Linda Rushing of Statesboro will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on Feb. 14. Connect had the privilege of interviewing the couple as they reminisced on their beginnings at the old A&W in 1965. In those days, according to the Rushings, you could fill your gas tank up, take your date to the drive-in to see Cat Ballou, and buy food – all for about $2. It was also a prime time for buying affordable performance cars, and when Linda saw Johnny riding by in his 1965 baby blue Mustang, her heart was set on meeting him. Fifty-one years and several cars later, they are still together, hoping to share a little insight with couples who are just getting started. From the wise words of the Rushings, here are three things that will make a good relationship better.


When the Rushings spoke of their lives together, they visited the word sacrifice with a heart of gratitude for one another. “You have to give and take a lot. You have to be supportive. I knew that Johnny always did his best and that he gave everything he could to our family,” Linda said. Sacrifice is a fundamental element in lasting relationships. Sometimes it takes the form of little things, like letting them have the last cookie or giving up a jacket when it’s cold. But in terms of a marriage that withstands life’s adversities, sacrifice can mean bigger things, like forfeiting your need to be right all the time. It is losing sleep and pinching pennies. In other words, sacrifice is an act of benevolent devotion to your partner in all circumstances. “Years ago, people married for love and they stayed together because they were selfless in the act of love. Today, people marry for bodies, or money, or all the wrong reasons, and they are not willing to sacrifice worldly things for their spouse,” Johnny contended.


In 2006, Johnny suffered a heart attack that would put their vows, “in sickness and in health,” to the test. Through the eight-hour operation and the congestive heart failure that followed, Linda never left his side. “I take care of him a lot now. I really can’t go very far away from him because of his health,” she said. It is this type of major sacrifice that shows your level of commitment. “I knew when I got married that this was for life. And in those days when you committed yourself to somebody, you’re expected to make it work. We haven’t had a bed of roses every day. We’ve had our ups and downs but I can remember my mom saying when I got married that I was committed for life and that I had to see this through,” Linda said.


When asked what the key to a lasting marriage is, the Rushings both agreed that having faith is the answer. The first kind of faith that the Rushings cling to is their faith in God, and over the years, they have trusted in his plan for their family. They live by the words, “everything that we’ve been through can be worse than it has been,” and because of this attitude, they are able to find peace in everyday living. The second kind of faith is the faith that the couple has in each other. It means choosing to see the best in your spouse instead of focusing on what they lack. According to the Rushings’ advice, faith in God and in each other sets the foundation for trust in a relationship. When you lean on one another for mutual support, you find fulfilment that tends to last. Many of us will agree upon our innate need to be in happy, healthy relationships. The ways in which the Rushings described their marriage proves that even though it takes constant work, creating a strong relationship is attainable if you’re willing to sacrifice, stay committed, and keep the faith.

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Newlywed advice: Take time to know one another By Lauren Porter Each year on Feb. 14, people of all ages exchange cards and gifts with their special “valentine.” Since the fifth century, we have celebrated this holiday by sending flowers and planning fancy dinners to show the person we love that they are important to us. Yet, even though this holiday tradition exists in the modern world, many relationships crumble under the pressure of 21st century romance. With the touch of a screen, we have endless access to social sites and dating apps, keeping us acquainted with people we follow and regularly exposing us to new profiles. But despite the presence of social media and its goal to keep us plugged in – or perhaps because of this – divorce rates have never been higher, and more relationships come to a screeching halt before they truly begin. We have the world at our fingertips, but we are slowly losing the ability to communicate on an intimate level with one another. Finding love is becoming a lost effort. Why are relationships so fragile today? Relationships fall apart for many reasons, one of those reasons is that our lives are fixated


around convenience. From our coffee sleeves to our pop sockets, we are consumed by shortcuts and loopholes that are designed to make things simpler. Growing comfortable in our convenience, we apply this same lazy mindset to relationships, and what ensues is a breeding ground for dysfunction. We are ill-equipped and underprepared. We don’t realize that loving someone means putting in work. It is sacrifice. It takes constant and selfless compromise. Thus, when the new wears off and it is time to get down to the wire, we throw in the towel because we are unfamiliar with the type of work ethic that is required for love to last. What are the keys to making a relationship last? For newlyweds Daniel and Jessica Martin, communication is unanimously agreed upon as a key component of their marriage. Being married since December 2017, the couple is just getting started, and they already have some words of wisdom to share for this season of love. “I think knowing your partner and reading them is really important. I know a lot of his signals, like when he’s angry, happy or annoyed.

Being able to read that and start a discussion from there is vital to working things out,” Jessica said. As many men would agree, Dan said he occasionally likes the silence in the room. “But if I see her glare, then I know to ask what the problem is,” he asserted. Another way that the young couple keeps communication flowing is by showing support for one another. “I don’t force him into talking about anything, but I always let him know that I’m there when he’s had a bad day so that he doesn’t have to sit with it alone,” Jessica commented. It is the foundation of mutual support that allows trust to grow in their marriage. The support system that the Martins spoke of is what many couples lack today. This is because the work it takes to fuel that type of commitment might mean trekking steep mountains for the person you love, but the view from the top is always worth that climb. For Jessica and Daniel, their inspiration to overcome life’s hurdles is drawn from their new daughter, Cecilia. Amidst jobs, surviving the late night demands of a newborn and getting through graduate school, they still work on their marriage by setting time aside for one another. Choosing their partner daily, they make the effort to communicate and support each other in their endeavors. These are the things that prepare them and other couples as well for a lifetime of fulfillment in their marriage. One last piece of advice from the newlyweds: Take time to get to know your significant other so that you have more reasons to fall for them every day.

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Women and heart disease: Know your body, get educated By Angye Morrison “It’s a man’s disease.” “I’m too young.” “Breast cancer is the real threat.” If you have heard or said any of these statements, you’re not alone. But relying on these kinds of assumptions can cost you your life, so says the American Heart Association. February is American Heart Month, and on Feb. 2, Americans were asked to wear red for National Wear Red Day and to donate to Go Red for Women, to help fund research for heart disease. Why go red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The bad news is that there are myths out there that many women have bought into. Myth: Heart disease is for men; cancer is the real threat for women. The fact is that heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease is the cause for one out of every three deaths —


about one death each minute. Myth: Heart disease is for old people. The fact is that heart disease affects people of all ages. For younger women, using birth control pills and smoking can boost the risk of heart disease by 20 percent. Overeating and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to clogged arteries later in life. Even the most health person can have an underlying risk factor for heart disease, so it’s important to see your doctor. Myth: Heart disease doesn’t affect women who are physically fit. No matter how fit you may be, the risk of heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Having high cholesterol, bad eating habits and smoking can all but cancel out your healthier habits. All adults should have their cholesterol checked at age 20, or even earlier, if there is a family history of heart disease. You should also watch your blood pressure. Myth: I don’t have any symptoms, so I’m fine. More than 60 percent of women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. Hollywood has conditioned us to believe that a heart attack is a sudden, acute chest pain that involves gripping your left arm. For women, it’s more likely to be shortness of

breath, nausea and/or vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, and extreme fatigue. Myth: Heart disease runs in my family. I’m doomed. You can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease by making lifestyle changes. What causes heart disease? Heart disease affects the blood vessels and your cardiovascular system. This can create numerous problems, many of which are related to atherosclerosis, which is when plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease can also come in the form of heart failure or congestive heart failure, which is when the heart is still working, but isn’t pumping blood as well as it should, or getting a sufficient amount of oxygen. Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, meaning the heart beats too fast or too slow, or even irregularly, can affect how well the heart is functioning and whether it can pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart valve problems can lead to the heart not opening up enough to allow proper blood flow. There are many things that can put you at risk for any of these problems — the key is to get educated and treated. Jenny Janney, physician assistant at Statesboro Cardiology, says women must make it a priority to get themselves checked out by their doctor if they have any symptoms or are concerned. “Risk factors, as far as the things you can’t change, are things like family history and your age. Women over the age of 55 are at high risk. Other factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diet, physical inactivity and also menopause. When your estrogen levels go down, that puts you at higher risk. A lot of women have more mental stress and depression, and this is also a risk factor,” she said. Janney encourages women to take steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid heart issues. These include a heart healthy diet, focused on fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats, cutting out fried and fatty foods, cutting down on or eliminating sugar, blood pressure control, and ceasing smoking. She also says it is important to get aerobic exercise every day, and if you are taking medications for diabetes or high blood pressure, take your medications as prescribed. She also says that women who have a family history of heart issues should visit their doctor to be evaluated and to set a baseline for their own heart health. “The biggest thing for women is to be more aware of your body, because symptoms in women can be more vague,” she said.

Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon

Herding cats Right after Queso died, a kitten started showing up outside of our house, sleeping in the bushes beside the front step. Our existing stray seemed none too pleased, until, one day, he was too pleased. At that point, we took her to the vet to be spayed, knowing she would need to live in our house for the week it would take for her to recover. It is probably obvious that she never left the house. I named her Jenny Schecter, after an L Word character you either love or hate, and some people, like myself, can find room to feel both ways at once. She is a poor, young, fledgling writer who finds her way to LA after getting a degree in fiction. She camps out in a garageshed-thing behind her boyfriend’s house, wearing too much eyeliner, being oblivious to the needs of others, and reading esoteric works of not-quitefiction, most of which I own. Which is to say that I related to Jenny Schecter, even if she did make a spectacular mess of everything. Jenny the cat is still a kitten, so she’s spunky and playful and sometimes very annoying. Our oldest cat, MooMoo, primarily ignores her, but sometimes we will catch them sprinting around the house together in circles, playing. Our favorite cat (shhhh), Hiccup, has grown to love Jenny, too, sharing tight windowsills with her to watch birds, or even, in full trust, to sleep. But Niko,

the third-wheel cat, who is now a fourth-wheel cat, is very unhappy. He was close to Queso and is likely grieving the loss of his silent, gentle best friend, but in truth he’s always been a jerk. He has been known to bite both MooMoo and Hiccup for no reason, even mid-grooming session. Sometimes we hear the struggle, but sometimes there is just a confetti of cat hair across the floor where the attack took place, and we just know. The other cats are docile. It is just Niko who can’t play nicely. He has become particularly violent since Jenny Schecter entered the household. He hunts her, crawling on his belly across the floor with a terrifying look in his eye, his teeth bared. He looks more like a big cat of Africa than any domesticated cat I’ve ever known, and I find him to be so striking, but to see the hunter-prey dynamic played out between our pets is tragic. When Niko is awake, Jenny is typically sequestered to a few spots in the house with excellent visibility, always vigilant for fear of an attack. All three other cats will be basking in the sunshine in our bedroom and poor Jenny is stuck on the shelf beneath the kitchen island, where there are multiple points of egress from the room, and she can see each of them from where she sits. We bought calming pheromone diffusers that plug into the wall, and they seemed to be working for a short time, so we purchased more of them, to have them scattered across the house. Niko seems to have become immune to them, though, and there are

terrible skirmishes wherein Jenny screams like a dying thing, and Niko yowls like the predator he is. Jenny comes away with a spine wet with spit, small scabs along her back, breathing hard and wild-eyed in self-protection. Niko gets swooped up by the back of his neck and tossed into isolation until, when we let him out, he appears not to remember what happened. But Jenny remembers, and her inability to be calm, to relax, to join the herd, breaks my heart. Sometimes she is so afraid she wets herself, and sometimes, she is so spooked she won’t let us near her, either. The sounds she makes are terrifying. Hiccup has begun to get involved, too, running to Jenny’s rescue, so now we have three cats sounding like out-of-tune violins hurtling around the house trying to hurt one another. We are exhausted and unclear of how to proceed. Positive reinforcement is good for all of us: it makes me less angry with Niko to pet and talk to him, to witness his affection in the good moments. However, it makes me all the more angry when he snaps, that we did so much coddling for seemingly no result. The vet says we could separate the cats for good, but our house isn’t really large enough, and our lives aren’t really organized in a way in which that could happen without one animal feeling at least slightly neglected. We can try antidepressants for Niko, but it is hard to get a peaceful cat to take the bitter substance, much less a violent one. When we try to intervene preor mid-attack, Niko does not hesitate to bite and scratch us, too. The last option is rehoming one of the animals, and while it would seem we’d be finding somewhere for Jenny, because she is the newest to the house, it’s just not an option. She is the only animal in the house whose presence is a result of my love, my wish. The other three cats were all, in their own ways, brought into Nikki’s life by the Ex-Who-Shall-NotBe-Named, but Jenny is a creature I trained to come to me, to let me pet her elastic spine, to let me cup my hand around her bizarre, electric question mark of a tail. She is my cat and she is going nowhere. No one is going anywhere. Day by day, they will have to learn to coexist, just like humans. Though the news lately has demonstrated we’re no good at it either, it’s just the way the pack works: beings sophisticated enough to have personalities are bound to find fault with others. Hopefully, both indoor and outdoor conflicts will involve minimal bloodshed. February 2018


in Atlanta that is the fake GSU which is going to be on Friday the 16th on ESPN 2. I look forward to seeing Tookie, Ike, Mike, Jake and all the others to continue performing at a level that keeps us on the path for the Big Dance in March! Football: Signing Day is right around the corner, and Coach Lunsford and the entire staff have been working tirelessly to sign what is now being coined as the #NewEra18 class, which sounds much better than the former name of #Intimid18 for sure. As some of you may already know, the NCAA established an early signing period for football starting this year, and the Ted Smith Family Football Center had the fax machines working back in December. Eight high school seniors and junior college transfers put the ink to the paper to become Eagles in the first class of the Lunsford reign. The players are as follows: Jontavious Ferguson: A linebacker from Manchester, Georgia Deontae Grant: A safety from Bushnell, Florida Zyon McGee: A safety from Bainbridge, Georgia Javon Reid: A safety from Lincolnton, Georgia Marcus Rogers: A wide receiver from Smyrna, Georgia Najee Thompson: A safety from Boiling Springs, South Carolina Justin Tomlin: A quarterback from Decatur, Georgia Jawaski Webb: An offensive lineman from Senatobia, Mississippi

Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery

New Eagles signed up, new games on the horizon Statesboro in the early spring; there’s simply nothing like it: the campus bustling with students pushing towards spring break, the foliage blossoming into full, and the entire athletic department in full swing. For the average person, the only thing may notice on Feb. 1 is basketball coming to a peak in conference play, in which though not wrong, they are missing out on the true magic of most of Georgia Southern athletics. Speaking of this magic, I would like to think I know a thing or two about it, after all I am now proudly rooting for our Eagles as an intern at the Most Magical Place on Earth in Walt Disney World. That being said, just like a slow day at Disney World, there is a lot going on all around,


so let us dive in! Basketball: The high-flying Eagles on the hardwood are probably the most notable squad among the Eagle Nation, and with good reason! As I previously wrote, this team was going to be fun to watch, and they have not disappointed. At the time of writing this, our Eagles are sitting on a 14-5 record, including a 5-1 record in Sun Belt play. Coming up in the month of February, the team has a couple of big time matchups that could swing our season big time. This includes a home game against the conference leader in the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on the 10th and the annual home game against the commuter school

I feel very confident in the coaching staff’s recruiting skills, and am thoroughly looking forward to giving you all the complete report on all of the new Eagles next month, and preparing for the spring game, which will be in April at Paulson Stadium. Speaking of the coaching staff, at the time of last month’s Connect issue, the staff still had some holes. However, those voids have been filled with some absolute knockout coaches. Coach Charlie Harbison comes to Statesboro with over 20 years of SEC and ACC experience, and will certainly use that to enhance the already phenomenal secondary we have on the roster. Coach Travis Cunningham comes to the Eagles after a 16-year stint at Gardener-Webb, where he was the Defensive Coordinator for the final two years. His extensive knowledge of the 3-4 defensive look will be an excellent addition to Coach Scott Sloan’s scheme, where he will be focusing on the inside linebackers. Finally, Coach Ron Hudson brings experience from over 15 different programs to the offensive line, who is filling the place of Bob Bodine, who accepted another job at Lenoir-Rhyne. Most

recently, Coach Hudson was at Charleston Southern, so he is accustomed to a program that favors the running game. Another note, both coaches Rowell and Wood will still be on staff, but will have different positions. Coach Rowell is moving from secondary coach to outside linebackers, and Coach Wood is moving from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach. Baseball: To me, spring truly starts when the first pitch is thrown. This year is no different, as the Eagles look to continue their consistently high play. After last year’s run to the Sun Belt Championship game for a second straight year, I look for them to get over the hump and win the belt this year. The team returns two of their three weekend starting pitchers in Brian Eichorn and Chase Cohen. Also returning is the reigning freshman All-American in Seth Shuman, who posted an 8-0 record last year, and will play a larger role in the rotation as he is no longer playing both football and baseball. The voids to fill are at first base with Ryan Cleveland departing after a great run, and Logan Baldwin, who now plays for the San Francisco Giants. However, my biggest concern for the team is filling the bullpen. You may remember Landon Hughes, Jacob Condra-Bogan, Connor Simmons and Anthony Paesano as our go-to relievers, but they have all graduated, leaving the big X-factor. If Coach Hennon can fill the pen with arms like these, I have no doubt the team has a shot at making a big run in the coming months. The schedule is a good one for folks wanting to watch the team play some good games, as J.I Clements Stadium will play host to the 2016 College World Series Champs Coastal Carolina, the 2016 Sun Belt Champs Louisiana, and the commuter school that is Georgia State. Also on tap is the annual series against the agricultural school in Athens/the team that can’t spell Bulldogs correctly/you get my hint. In all, Georgia Southern has a chance to make a big run with a strong schedule, some great starting pitchers, and some huge motivation of back-toback runner-up finishes in the conference. All of these sports are looking bright for the spring, but there is one thing you can do to help: support. I’m not talking financially, though if you can that is excellent. I am talking about your presence. If you can make a 3-hour drive to watch UGA play App State, you can DEFINITELY make a 10-minute drive to J.I. Clements Stadium, Hanner Fieldhouse or Paulson Stadium. If you are a Georgia Southern alum or student, you should be supporting the institution that has given you what it has given you, not the institution that has given you NOTHING. So support Georgia Southern anyway you can. The Eagles thank you, Georgia Southern University thanks you, and the Statesboro community thanks you!

Step up to the mic: Statesboro Voice seeks talent By Angye Morrison If you’ve ever watched The Voice on television and thought, “I could do that,” the Statesboro Voice competition is for you. The brand new competition will serve as the largest fundraiser for the 2017-18 fiscal year for the Averitt Center for the Arts, and organizers are seeking local contestants who can compete to win cash prizes during a live performance on April 28. “The committee has been planning this event since last summer and we are excited and nervous about the community’s response,” said Averitt Center Executive Director Jamie Grady. “In my six months in Statesboro, I have heard a lot of great voices and talents within the community and I think this is great opportunity for those people to really shine.” Robert Cottle, who teaches guitar and has directed productions at the Averitt, will be the go-to person for the competition. “We are trying to develop a show that will be an annual community thing,” he said, “to showcase community talent. We are encouraging people to try and submit a video with something they are familiar with.” Cottle said the first step in the process is to submit a video lasting up to two minutes, showcasing your talent. The deadline to submit videos is Feb. 23, and there is a $10 video submission fee. You must be at least 16 years of age to compete. The competition runs throughout the spring, beginning with the video submission process. Videos

can be submitted at averittcenterforthearts. org/StatesboroVoice. Music can be of any style that demonstrates the contestant’s range and technique. A group of judges will go through all the submissions, Cottle said, and select the ones that they think should move on. This group will then audition for mentors on March 10. The four mentors will then each choose two contestants to work with. Over the course of about a month, the mentors will coach their contestants, and videos will be posted on the Averitt’s Facebook page showing their progress. The public will be invited to vote during this process for their favorite. A live audition will also be held during this process, which will be open to the public so that people can see firsthand how their favorites are doing. The final competition will be held on April 28. On that date, Cottle said, the contestants will perform with their mentors, as well as on their own. At the intermission, the number of contestants will be cut in half by the judges, and voting will end for the People’s Choice Award. The winner of Statesboro Voice will be chosen by the judges, along with a People’s Choice Award winner. “While we have not finalized every detail, we are sure this will be something that people will talk about long after the competition has concluded,” said Grady.

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Opening during spring semester on stage at the Center for Art and Theatre was a production of “K2” by Patrick Meyers. Directed by senior David Jackson as part of his senior honors project, “K2” is a play of harrowing physical action and a compelling drama explores the depth of friendship in the face of tragedy. K2, the world’s second highest mountain, situated in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, is considered by many to be far more challenging than Everest. Two American climbers, Taylor (a physicist played by Will Cox) and Harold (a district attorney), are stuck 27,000 feet high on K2. They have survived a near fatal fall, lost most of their supplies, and must determine how to get themselves off the mountain before the sun sets. What happens when you are literally on the edge and time is running out? Serving as Jackson’s honor thesis, this production featured Cox and Bryce Hargrove. Jackson and the cast spent the fall semester in rock climbing labs through Southern Adventures training for the climbing demands of the production. Jackson and Cox are both shown on the set of the production. Mary Flott, lighting designer, is shown in the booth overlooking the stage. Photos by Katie Burrell

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Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s set for March 2 at the PAC By Angye Morrison The sixth annual Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s will be held at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center on March 2 — and as usual, this year’s event promises to be a night of fun and fantastic music. The event will feature the Yacht Rock Schooner Band performing the hits of the 1970s and 80s. Described as the “smoothest dance party on the high seas,” Yacht Rock Schooner is an eight-man band of some of Atlanta’s top players, featuring a dual keyboard setup, multiple ace vocalists, and a slammin’ sax man. If you’re a fan of Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins or Michael McDonald, this is a

night you’ll enjoy and this is the band you’ve got to see. Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s has become an annual tradition in Statesboro, raising money for Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the show raised $38,600, and organizers last year expected the total to exceed $40,000. Funds raised support ongoing services in the Statesboro area, including a 24/7 helpline (1800-272-3900), professional training, educational programs, multilingual information, MedicAlert Safe Return bracelets and more. “We provide services locally to those affected by Alzheimer’s, advocate for policy change and

scientific funding, and advance research toward prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure. We are able to do that because of the commitment of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers that organize fundraising events like our annual Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s concert. Because of these volunteers, we are able to offer free services to families locally and throughout the state of Georgia, to families navigating this awful disease,” said Casey Corley, director of Constituent Events for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. Yacht Rock Schooner takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.

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Day Trippin’ • By Kenley Alligood

Center for Civil and Human Rights a must-see in Atlanta Since 2014, Atlanta has been home to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a project which has been a labor of love for many since the early 2000s. Atlanta is, of course, the birthplace of the powerful Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family home is just one of the buildings on the campus of The King Center, founded in 1968 to preserve his legacy. The King Center houses The King Library and Archives, the largest collection of Dr. King’s writings and other primary source

materials on the Civil Rights movement. It’s not the only collection of his personal papers to be housed in Atlanta, however. Morehouse College was, for many years, one of these locations until the Center for Human Rights was established and the collection was moved there. The centerpiece of the center is the permanent exhibit “Rolls Down Like Water,” a largely interactive experience depicting life in the South in the turbulent 1950s and 60s, which includes a model lunch counter where visitors

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experience a simulation of a sit-in. A temporary installation in place until April 22 of this year is a collection of photographs by Jim Alexander. Spanning six decades, his work depicts peaceful protests across the United States and explores “how we communicate our frustration and disappointment related to social and human injustice.” The center is not only dedicated to the American Civil Rights movement, but to the international fight for human rights. An interactive exhibit called “Spark of Conviction” explores what areas of the world and what groups of people have been and are being threatened. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is located in downtown Atlanta on the plaza it shares with the World and Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. Adult tickets are $19.99. Discounts are offered for seniors, military personnel and educators. Children 6 and under are free.


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The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey

Love is in the air when music’s on the stage It’s February, so the boss says “It’s the ‘love’ issue.” I guess that means I am supposed to find some pun-tastic way to integrate love into this month’s article. As musicians, that’s kind of what we do, isn’t it? We find the connections between some of the most seemingly random things. “This relationship reminds me of the way frost covers a window because it gets stronger when the world outside is cold, and it’s hot inside…” or something of that nature. Then we write or sing a song about it and become famous. That’s how it works, right? How am I not a billionaire rock star yet? Anyway, it’s no secret that I am in love. No, I’m not referring to the 6’3” drink of water in the cowboy hat, although, there is that. I am referring to the music scene in this town. If the music scene in Statesboro were a person, I’d have fallen a little more in love with her over the past few weeks as I continue to get to know her more. A relative noob to this market, I’ve only been performing here for the past three years or so. Sure, there are a few people who knew me a decade ago, but as far as a professional musician in Statesboro, I am a transplant. There are those who have been plugging away at this for decades, and the amazing and wonderful and love inspiring thing about it is they welcome newcomers into the family like old friends. This is a family. 22

As I sat at Millhouse recently enjoying the sounds of Blu Vudu, a friend and I were discussing this very topic. Bulloch County is so inundated with amazing talent. Rich and diverse, we have jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, Americana. Young and old, there are folks new to the business and those who have been to Nashville and made their way back home. Young up-and-comers like Addie Smith whose resume is short, but whose heritage is deep from her dad, well-known local legend Corey Smith, perform on the same stage where veterans have been wailing for years. Even beyond the fantastic talent in our area, though, I absolutely love the camaraderie. Step into any music venue in town on any given night, and you are likely to see any number of musicians in the audience there to support their friends. They’re even likely to sit in for a song or two. The folks at Millhouse Friday got to hear Blu Vudu, B. Harvey, and Samarie Palmer, and that is not an uncommon occurrence. I’m excited to get messages from friends all the time to come enjoy an evening of music and maybe sit in for a song or two. I just got a message from Brendon Sapp that Ten Mile Creek will be at Gnat’s Landing on Feb. 24. I’m hoping to make that show. I’ve been trying to get out to see them for a while now. I’ve heard awesome things. And the Birdhaus is al-

ways having house shows featuring excellent local, regional and national musicians. These are shows where the young songwriters can present their latest offerings for a small crowd and make great connections with regional artists like Cyril Durante or folks like Aaron Cooler who is now a booking agent and runs his own home studio. While there has always been a sort of unspoken, unconscious effort to support one another, recent years has birthed that into a conscious choice to have each other’s backs, support one another as often as we can, and fill the gap when there’s a need. The loss of Wesley Bragg in April of last year made this family closer and brought that effort to the forefront of our minds. A legacy I know he’d be proud to have left. By the time this article runs, we will have had yet another Family Get Together. Micahlan Boney has put together a stellar group of musicians for a Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at Eagle Creek Brewery that promises to be a night of amazing music. There’s no shortage of events, gigs, shows and support for one another. With all that love and support, it’s easy to see why we have had so many musicians find their wings and fly on to have national and international careers. It’s easy to see why so many of us are so in love with the music scene in Statesboro.




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