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The first African American woman admitted to UGA returns to campus University of Georgia graduate Charlayne Hunter-Gault is scheduled to give a lecture on civil rights titled “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” at the Chapel at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. K A Y L A

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Breaking the color barrier Ashlyn Webb Senior Staff Writer When University of Georgia alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault visited campus on Feb. 14, she was greeted very differently than when she first stepped onto North Campus in January of 1961. This time, Hunter-Gault was welcomed to campus as an award-winning journalist who’s worked for media outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, CNN and NPR. Before, she was a 19-year-old woman who was a victim of hate crimes, such as a mob throwing rocks through her window. Hunter-Gault, along with classmate Hamilton

Holmes, was one of the first African American students to attend UGA. During their first days on campus, their challenges included more than deciding which textbooks to buy. “I didn’t think anything was going to happen, so I was unpacking and all the sudden a rock went through my window,” Hunter-Gault said. “I was 19, and I loved my clothes. The first thing I thought of was there was glass all over my suitcase and dresses.” After the mob encounter, Dean William Tate said Hunter-Gault had to be suspended for her own safety, and the cops had to come to disperse the crowd. But despite the less-than-welcoming recep-

tion, Hunter-Gault said she knew UGA was where she belonged.

A reporter’s beginning Hunter-Gault accredits her love for journalism to her grandmother’s routine of reading three newspapers a day. “I would sit at her knee and wait until she dropped the comics,” she said. “I was 5, 6 years old, but I could figure it out.” She said she was intrigued by one comic strip character in particular — Brenda Starr, a glamorous and adventurous reporter.  S E E L E C T U R E PAG E A 4

Concerns clutter Clayton Street Business owners express concern with the Clayton Street project timeline

We’re excited about the project, but we just want it to be done at a strategic time.

Erin Schilling News Editor Devin Clower has owned the Frontier gift shop on Clayton Street for eight years. And for all eight of those years — and longer — Clayton Street renovations have been a conversation on the block. After the November 2017 vote approving TSPLOST, a special sales tax to fund transportation projects, this $12 million project is taking shape. Construction will be on the underground stormwater infrastructure as well as the sidewalks and roads, which will cause sections of the street to be blocked. “[Clayton Street] is really poorly engineered and an eyesore,” said Agora business owner Russell Edwards. “It’s one of the most important commerce corridors in the city, so we really should have this place be beautiful.” While downtown business owners have supported the project for over a decade, the currently proposed start date is causing contention with the project. “As a downtown community, we are really excited about this project and excited there are funds to make this happen, but


Clayton Street is one of the main commerce corridors in downtown. S H U B H A M we want to do it in a way where we’re all working together and happy with the end result,” Clower said.

The faces of the facades At the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Clower presented a petition signed by more


than 30 downtown business owners outlining their concerns with the proposed start date. “The proposed start date is this May of 2018 running until August of 2019,” Clower read from the petition. “That means downtown will be disrupted during the 2018 football season and the 2018 holiday

season, the most profitable time of the year. If the project takes longer than planned, it could disrupt the 2019 football and holiday season, too.” Business owners proposed for the start date to move to Jan. 1, 2019 and either be completed before the 2019 football season or broken up into two parts to avoid disrupting business during the heightened time of Athens tourism. Currently, it’s estimated the improvements will take 16-18 months, said David Lynn, Athens Downtown Development Authority director of planning and outreach. “We’re excited about the project, but we just want it to be done at a strategic time,” Edwards said. Edwards co-wrote the petition with Heery’s Clothes Closet owner Rusty Heery and circulated it to business owners starting before the commission meeting.  S E E C L AY T O N P A G E A 4








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On Saturday, Feb. 10, farmers, ranchers and others from surrounding agriculture backgrounds came together in Oconee County for the second annual Athens Land Trust Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Educational topics from bee keeping and social media marketing to food safety were all addressed at the conference. The keynote speaker, Sophie Ackoff, spoke on her work with the National Young Farmers Coalition and its significance in the agricultural system.

Public Service Commission candidate John Noel spoke at the Young Democrats of UGA meeting on Feb. 7. He has a background in the energy sector and is running to represent District 3 on the Georgia Public Service Commission. At the meeting, Noel called for energy efficiency and change to the current commission and spoke against the current PSC staff’s vote to continue construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro.

Athens’ newest ice cream shop Four Fat Cows celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 10. The shop, located on Baxter Street, offers a wide variety of ice creams and extras like “puffle” waffle cones, coffee and bakery items such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes and cookies. Gluten free and dairy free options are also available. With flavors like red velvet swirl and Butterfinger crunch and a fun, relaxing atmosphere, Four Fat Cows could be one of Athens’ newest culinary hotspots.

After finishing day one in first place at The Gold Rush, Georgia women’s golf defended its spot on the leaderboard during day two and won the team title. The team followed up its first two rounds on Monday by shooting a 4-over 292 in the third and final round, the team’s best score of the tournament. Georgia ended day one with a slim one stroke lead over second place Colorado State. The team then distanced itself from its competition during the final day, winning by a margin of five strokes

The No. 17 Georgia softball team is off to a hot start for the 2018 season. The team scorched four of its five opponents on Feb. 8-10 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona, going 4-1. Kendall Burton led the way with her .722 batting average, smacking 13 hits in 18 at bats. She also added two home runs and multiple hits in each of the five games to boost her slugging percentage up to 1.056 so far this season. The Bulldogs also found success in pitching, with Brittany Gray throwing 16 total innings.

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Former University of Georgia roommates had a physical confrontation near the Poultry Science Building on Feb. 8 in which one strangled the other, according to a UGA police report. During this encounter, one male “deliberately [placed] his left hand around [the victim’s] neck and choked him in a manner that caused temporary strangulation,” according to the report. The incident left visible marks on the victim. The victim also said he received threats of bodily harm via text messages from the perpetrator on Jan. 4. Police took pictures of the markings and messages.

Police were dispatched to a home on Old Hull Road in reference to a disturbance on Feb. 13. The residents of the apartment were a 27-year-old male and 71-year-old female. The female resident told police the two got into an argument when she asked her roommate to plug something in and he refused. She said he was “verbally abusive and shouted at her and used curse words.” Police advised her to evict her roommate, to which she said she has to bar him from her residence. Police later found there was an active family violence bond condition ordering the male to stay away from the address. The male was transported to Clarke County Jail.

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Big Hearts Be Bold The energy in the Classic Center theatre echoed through the crowd as 60 participants took to the stage on Saturday, Feb. 10, for the 11th annual “Big Hearts Be Bold” fundraiser, a special needs talent show hosted by Extra Special People. Founded in 1986, ESP is an organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities by creating a place that they and their families can grow and create memories together. The organization has continued to grow every year since it started. “Big Hearts,” a show that first took place 11 years ago in a high school auditorium with less than 200 in attendance, slowly grew into one of the biggest events in Athens, selling out the 2,000 seats of the Classic Center theatre a week before the show. “ESP is my lifesaver. If we didn’t have it, I don’t know what we would do,” said Cheryl Jordan, mother of ESP member and “Big Hearts” participant Thomas Jordan. “He was one of the first participants 11 years ago. He just loves it.” — Wellsley Kesel

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Upon doing a routine patrol on Feb. 9, UGA police observed two males carrying a stop sign on South Jackson Street. Police identified the sign to be originally located at the entrance of the North Parking Deck. When the two males and others with them saw the police, they ran into the parking deck, dropping the sign. According to the police report, the man told the officer, “I was just being stupid.” He was placed under arrest for theft by taking. During transport, the man needed assistance out of the vehicle to vomit due to alcohol consumption, the report said. The stolen and recovered value of the sign was estimated to be less than $1,500. The stop sign will need to be replaced by the UGA Grounds Department.

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altercation leads to fight with curtain rod Police took a resident to Clarke County Jail because of a family violence incident on Feb. 12. According to the report, the altercation between two male roommates began “because the house was in a mess.” A witness of the altercation confirmed that one male rushed at the other and was screaming and spitting in the other’s face. The roommate pushed him back. The male who was pushed began to throw items at his roommate and hit him with a metal curtain rod, causing two injuries on the roommate’s arm and hand. Because the injuries were not critical, police charged the male with battery.



Student changes grades, goes to jail Ashlyn Webb Senior Staff Writer A former University of Georgia student is facing 80 felony charges for allegedly hacking into his professor’s computer to change his grades. Michael Lamon Williams, 21, was booked with nine counts of computer trespass and 71 counts of computer forgery on Wednesday, Feb. 7, after the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for his arrest on Monday, Feb. 5. Greg Trevor, the university’s executive director of media communications, said Williams was a student in the Terry College of Business and an Enterprise Information Technology Services student employee. Trevor said Williams had access to his professor’s university account because of his position at EITS. “The suspect abused his privileges as an employee and changed grades to benefit himself,” Trevor said. Dr. Weifing Li, a management information systems assistant professor, discovered his UGA email had been hacked on Dec. 18 when he was unable to login. When Li contacted EITS later that day, they told him the attack was “targeted and deliberate,” according to the UGA police report. The police investigation later concluded that Williams was the alleged hacker. Using his access to the system, Williams had changed his grades at the end of fall semester. Trevor said the university plans on assessing the situation and adjusting system security to ensure the safety of university accounts in the future. “The university is conducting a compre-

The suspect abused his privileges as an employee and changed grades to benefit himself. GREG TREVOR, UGA EXECUTIVE D I R E C T O R O F M E D I A C O M M U N I C AT I O N

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hensive review of its practices to make the necessary improvements to prevent this from reoccurring,” Trevor said. Williams was booked into the system of the Clarke County Jail on Feb. 7 at 3 a.m. He was released around 7 p.m. that night after paying bonds totaling $80,700, according to the CCSO website. Trevor confirmed Williams withdrew from the university and was terminated from his position at EITS. Williams said he did not want to comment on the incident until the investigation and trial is over.

Fast Facts  Williams is facing 80 felony charges  Williams’ bonds were $80,700  A trial date has not yet been set The information and technology desks are located throughout the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. J A S O N B O R N / S TA F F

Hope for the Homeless

Students distribute hand-made care packages to the homeless Wellsley Kesel Contributor

Members of Hope for the Homeless pray over a care package recipient. WELLSLEY KESEL/CONTRIBUTOR

On Feb. 9, eight University of Georgia students spent the night packing bags that they later distributed to the homeless population in downtown Athens. This has become a typical Friday activity for many of these students. This event is called Hope for the Homeless and occurs on select Friday nights every month, the most recent taking place on Feb. 9. While the event is largely rooted in Christian values, its members want to encourage students from different backgrounds and beliefs to attend gatherings in the future. “Hope started out as an event made up of [Baptist Collegiate Ministries] students, but we’re not affiliated with BCM at all. Anyone is welcome here,” said Hope co-leader Courtney Farrow, a sophomore social work major from Covington. Founded two years ago by a group of UGA students, the size of the event did not demote the impact the group made Feb. 9.

“This is the first time someone has acknowledged me today, and I’ve been sitting here since 8:30 a.m. this morning,” said Aaron Hull, a care package recipient. “I feel like I’m invisible, like a disease.” Hull, a homeless Athens resident battling cancer, said any money he receives goes toward his chemotherapy medicine. According to a report presented by the Athens-Clarke County Department of Housing and Community Development, the homeless population has risen since 2015. According to a 2017 Point-In-Time Count, which is a count of homeless individuals and families in Athens on a single night in January, there were 239 homeless people, compared to 226 in 2015. Sydney McCall, the director’s assistant at The Sparrow’s Nest, an Athens homeless shelter, said this count can be deceiving. “It’s hard for the homeless count to be accurate because they’re just counting the people that they see,” McCall said. According to the Hope for the Homeless GoFundMe page, there have been instances where they’ve run out of care packages before reaching all the homeless people in the area. “Having extra funds and supplies will allow them to, hopefully, be able to be over prepared and never leave someone in need empty handed,” the GoFundMe page read. On the Feb. 9 event, the care packages were made at the apartment of co-leader Kevin Cervantes. Each was filled with sandwiches, water bottles, snacks, Band-Aids and other items that homeless people may not have access to. After making the care packages, the group packed up and went to the BCM parking lot on campus, where the group prayed before splitting into smaller groups for bag distribution. Members of Hope are working to increase participation and want to collaborate with shelters in the Athens. So far, Farrow said they never receive negative reactions from the care packages.

Sophomore Mary Tyndall makes sandwiches to put in the care packages. WELLSLEY KESEL/CONTRIBUTOR

“There’s so many different ways for people to support the homeless community. An important one is to just ask homeless residents what their specific needs are and direct them to resources or shelters,” McCall said.

There’s so many different ways for people to support the homeless community. S Y D N E Y M C C A L L , S PA R R O W ’ S N E S T A S S I S TA N T DIRECTOR



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“I fell in love with Brenda Starr,” she said. “I was intrigued and impressed that she traveled the world in search of people and giving them a voice. From a very, very early age, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” During her senior year at Turner High School, she was approached by Atlanta civic leaders who were looking for students to challenge segregation in the state of Georgia. She and Holmes, her classmate and their class valedictorian, both applied to UGA, but they were denied admission. “I wanted to attend the University of Georgia because I wanted to be a journalist. There was no other school in the state that had a journalism school,” Hunter-Gault said. “It was just that simple.”

The admittance process In 1959, Hunter-Gault enrolled at Wayne State University because the school had a journalism department. In the meantime, Civil Rights leaders from Atlanta challenged the admission decision in court.


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I would like to see more color in the university population, but the color I do see is comfortable and that makes me feel good. C H A R L AY N E H U N T E R - G A U LT, U G A A L U M N A A N D JOURNALIST

In 1961, after two years of legal action, U.S. District Court Judge William Bootle ruled that the “plaintiffs are qualified for and entitled to immediate enrollment at the University of Georgia.” Hunter-Gault said she heard the ruling once she returned to her Wayne State dorm where a female journalist with a strong, southern accent asked for her response to Bootle’s court decision. She said she remained calm, but her Wayne State sorority sisters were alternatively excited while also fearful of the reaction of UGA students. “Some of my sorority sisters were with me then and I said, ‘Ya’ll going to help me start packing because I have to leave,” she said. Hunter-Gault said her sisters were alternatively excited because they could see her eagerness to attend the university, but they also feared of her safety in being one of the first students to start the desegregation process. Within the first couple of days of her being at UGA, some of their fears became reality. The first time Hunter-Gault had to be escorted out of her dorm by police because of the mob, she said she went back to something else her grandmother had taught her. “As I walked out into that darkness, I often think of the lessons, or what I call the armor I was fitted with as a child,” Hunter-Gault said. “One of the layers of armor was from my grandmother who use to teach me Bible verses. I didn’t want to learn them, but she made me learn them. And then, I was grateful.”

“Giving a Voice to the Voiceless” This “armor” was the focus of Hunter Gault’s lecture, titled “Giving Voice to the Voiceless.” “Nowadays we have a very toxic atmosphere and a divided country, but it’s happened before and people have gotten through it. Even today, I find myself feeling very op-

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He said everyone who he was able to get in touch with supported the petition. Clower said commissioners have been taking note since the petition’s presentation.

The project is not ready to start.There’s too many unknown questions. DEVIN CLOWER, BUSINESS OWNER

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timistic even though there’s a lot of poison and toxicity in the air,” she said. This year’s lecture, which is part of the annual Hunter-Holmes series, is focused on the importance of history, despite negativity. “There is so much that is going on that is positive but it doesn’t get the coverage because what gets the coverage is the loudest stuff,” she said. “I keep telling people to pay attention to what’s going on rather than just the breaking news.” She is scheduled to speak at the Chapel at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, an event that is free to the public. During her 2018 visit to campus, Hunter-Gault said a lot has improved since she graduated the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1963. “I would like to see more color in the university population, but the color I do see is comfortable and that makes me feel good,” Hunter-Gault said. She said she appreciates UGA President Jere Morehead’s current initiatives to increase diversity on campus. “I see young African Americans walking on this campus totally at home,” she said. “I see the football team, white kids, black kids, playing together and being friends. I think Georgia is on the right track … has more work to do, but on the right path.” Lauren Tolbert contributed to this article.

Timeline  1961: The University of Georgia began the desegregation process

 1962: Mary Frances Early became the first African-American graduate

 1963: Both Hunter-Gault and Holmes graduated from UGA

CLAYTON: Businesses petition for delay

District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link, who represents the downtown business area, supports the business owners and said some commissioners have expressed interest in addressing the concerns as well. Based on the current support for the petition, Clower and Edwards said they think their petition will cause a change in the project. Norman Scholz, owner of The Globe, is not so sure.

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault attends a luncheon at Grady PAF with her family on Feb. 14. K A Y L A R E N I E / S T A F F

“I think there’s a pretty slight chance it’s actually going to change,” Scholz said. “They’ve already set it in motion, so they’re probably going to continue with the timeline as is.” Link said there hadn’t been any conversations with the public about the project since the December 2017 proposal. She said she had made some business owners aware of the possible timeline, which is when the owners took matter into their own hands. “They’ve not been given any kind of timeline or any kind of information on what to expect along the way,” Link said. “There’s a general mistrust in that they weren’t invited into the conversation on the front end.” The Downtown Athens Business Association had a question-answer session with project managers and the Athens Downtown Development Authority about the Clayton Street project the week before the commission meeting, which is where the petition came about. Clower said they invited the com-

missioners, and District 9 Commissioner Kelly Girtz and Mayor Nancy Denson participated at the session as well. Since then, Clower said their concerns have gotten public attention. “A lot of people on the petition are following up by communicating directly at the very least with their commissioner and hopefully the whole commissioner base,” Clower said. “It’s hopefully working, but nothing has changed yet, which is what is going to keep us continuing to speak up.”

Moving forward A week after the commission meeting where the petition was presented, the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office announced there are two drop-in public meetings scheduled for Feb. 28. The meetings will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Michael Brothers Building, and the public is invited to review updated information, such as maps and timelines, and ask questions concerning the Clayton Street project. Before the announcement of this meeting, Clower said the project should be postponed because of the lack of communication alone. “The project is not ready to start,” Clower said. “There’s too many unknown questions. There’s not a design plan in place, and we don’t have a clear timeline on when the construction will be where.” Link said she hopes the commissioners will take another look at what they do have planned so far. “I’m hoping and the businesses are

Quick take  The Clayton Street project has been in the works since 2005  The TSPLOST vote in November 2017 allowed for the project’s funding  Commissioners want the project to break ground by fall of 2018

hoping that we return to that curbwidth discussion,” Link said. “That curb-width discussion determines how many lanes of traffic and the parking configuration and the width of the sidewalk.” After these infrastructure changes had been made, Link said the commissioners always planned to have business owners give input on the streetscaping portion of the project. As for the Athens Downtown Development Authority’s role, Lynn said their main concern is not to push back the project’s start date, but to try to condense the timeline as much as possible and get business owners’ input in the renovations. To allow more flexibility with the timeline and any other challenges, Lynn said the first phase, which deals with underground infrastructure, will be done by an ACC crew. Lynn said using an in-house crew will make it easier for construction to be shifted around so businesses would be disrupted as little as possible during the renovation process.

Clayton Street runs through the middle of downtown Athens and will undergo renovations with funds from the recently passed TSPLOST. S H U B H A M K A D A M / C O N T R I B U T O R




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Personality tests can be a great tool for learning more about yourself

Anika Chaturvedi Staff Writer

Personality tests are a fun way to learn more about yourself and can also be useful for both employees and employers when looking for jobs. Taking personality tests can help students find out more about themselves and what careers are best suited for them. New versions of visual personality tests are revamping the world of personality assessments. These tests utilize images rather than words, which makes the test-taking process more fun and accessible to people with disabilities. Personality tests are sometimes used in to hire employees, and they can provide employers with information about employees that would not directly be included on a resume. While they are not the sole factor in hiring, personality tests help companies and potential employees figure out if candidates would be a good fit. The Myers-Briggs personality assessment is well known, but its accuracy is debatable. The fact that it can change takes away some of its value. Instead of Myers-Briggs, assessments that measure the big five personality traits are more scientifically reliable.

With so many assessments, students can take a test that fits their time frame without getting bogged down in endless questions. What is most important in taking personality assessments is honesty, not answering questions that demonstrate who you want to be or the result you want to get. “It’s important when someone takes a personality questionnaire to answer in such a way that reflects how they actually behave on a day-to-day basis right now at this point in their life,” said Michael Snell, a PhD student in the Behavioral and Brain Science Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. Taking the right tests and answering honestly are the key to meaningful results. Anika Chaturvedi is a sophomore journalism major minoring in political science.

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Personality tests constrict people and erase nuanced characteristics Mariah Manoylov Staff Writer Every once in a while in casual conversation, the question, “So what kind of personality do you have?” might be thrown around. People may reply with adjectives, or with the results of personality tests, a trusted indicator of their most basic self. However, personality tests constrict human personalities and erase nuance. The tests are also incredibly unreliable. The most common personality test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. Participants answer questions to indicate what kind of person they are, whether they’re an introvert or extrovert, sensing or intuitive, thinker or feeler or a judging or perceiving individual. In total, any person can fall under 16 personality types. However, the test supposes that your personality is unchanging and fits into a narrow box. Thus, the test is based on stereotypes of who you’re supposed to be in specific situations. The main flaw with personality tests is that they view humans as static creatures, when certain circumstances will draw out different sides of ourselves. People’s personalities are not static, but rather in a state of

constant change. For a scientific insight to be considered valid, one must get the same results after taking the test multiple times. But if you take the test today, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll get a different result in five weeks, according to a study by Dr. Pittenger of Marshall University. The MBTI is used by 89 of Fortune 100 companies to diagnose the personalities of potential employees. People are hired or not hired based on a faulty test. The MBTI, and other personality tests, cannot predict the person you will be in the future, and can only offer watered down snippets of the person you are right now. While they’re fun way to get a moment of validation, they’re not serious tools for understanding people. Mariah Manoylov is a junior ecology and Engish double major.





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Many students sacrifice meals in order to maintain a busy academic schedule

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Anila Yoganathan Staff Writer Scheduling can be a difficult process for students. Even when students register for all the classes they wanted, they sometimes don’t have any time for lunch, as they may prioritize their work over their health. To combat this problem, the University of Georgia should block off a couple of hours in the master schedule where no classes can be scheduled. This would allow students and faculty that have back to back classes to have more time for lunch. The time wouldn’t have to be specifically designated for lunch, but it gives students some breathing room to nourish themselves before their next class. It could prevent people from overeating, which can occur when skipping meals. Your body needs a consistent amount of glucose which is primarily found in carbohydrates. Without this steady stream of glucose, the body’s blood sugar can lower which can cause people to feel tired and irritable. Tessa Register, a second year, chemistry and English double major from Savannah has a very busy schedule with classes and labs back to back on Mondays. This prevents her from having an actual meal

Not having lunch or time for food/rest greatly impacts my performance. TESSA REGISTER, UGA STUDENT

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during the day. “Not having lunch or time for food/rest greatly impacts my performance,” Register said. “I have trouble concentrating, my hands shake when I pour reagents [in lab], and often times I overlook tiny things like significant figures and that makes me lose points on my data sheets.” With back to back classes, and not enough sustenance, students will be unable to perform to the best of their abilities. The long term and short term effects are unhealthy, and a blocked off time for

lunch could help these students maintain a healthy lifestyle. People at work are encouraged to take their lunch breaks, and get the nutrients they need while also having time to take a break from work, allowing them to re-energize. This model should also be emphasized for college students. Anila Yoganathan is a sophomore journalism major minoring in Latin American and Caribbean studies.




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Pardon my French

A visitor at the Georgia Museum of Art’s “Opera in Print” exhibit views the posters which were donated by Murray and Nancy Ann Blum. M A R L E E


The Georgia Museum of Art hosts “Opera in Print: Fin-de-siecle Posters from the Blum Collection” showing pieces from the Belle Époque era in France Tessa Green Contributor The Georgia Museum of Art is taking its visitors back to the Paris Opera scene during the late 1800s and early 1900s with its new exhibit open now through April 22. The museum’s exhibit “Opera in Print: Finde-siecle Posters from the Blum Collection” features Opera posters from the Belle Époque era in France. This era was a time of economic prosperity and cultural innovation, so the art scene flourished, as depicted in the exhibit. Abigail Kosberg, the curator for the exhibit and the museum’s Pierre Daura Center Graduate Intern, has been working on the exhibit for about a year and a half. “This project was passed down to me by the old curator for European Art,” Kosberg said. “When he left this past summer, I took over some of his projects.” The collection in the exhibit was donated by Murray and Nancy Ann Blum. The Blums gave the museum around 200 posters, and the museum took about 80 of them and added them to their permanent collection. “The donations were divided up between opera posters that are on display now and propaganda

posters from the World Wars that will be on display in six months,” Kosberg said. Many University of Georgia students are interested in checking out the exhibit, including junior personal finance major Meghan Hogan. “I love the fact that UGA offers an art museum that is free for students,” Hogan said. “I was also a member of the Georgia Museum of Art Student Association, and I loved seeing students learn about art.” Kosberg has done a lot of research on the Art Nouveau period that helped her when putting the exhibit together, she said. The Art Nouveau period took place during the 1890s to 1905 and is when many of the posters on display were created. “It is a very short art period where the whole idea of mass media culture and craft came to the full front as this big leading force in the art world,” Kosberg said. The exhibit features the works of many big names during that time, such as Théophile Steinlen and Jules Chéret. One of Steinlen’s posters on display is from the opera show “Le Réve,” which Kosberg said is her favorite piece. “This piece is very characteristic of this time,” Kosberg said. “It is kind of chaotic, but the coloring of the piece is just so beautiful.” Kosberg said these two artists were essential-

I wanted to mimic that mix of culture there was when [the posters] were posted up in Paris. A B I G A I L KO S B E R G , C U R AT O R

ly the first people to change the poster from the original form of drawing and painting to the more modern versions of the advertisements of today. There are a variety of posters throughout the exhibit, including some that are more representative of the older style of posters. A few posters look more like paintings, drawings or watercolors, Kosberg said. During this time period, the posters would be hung on walls in no particular order with some posted on top of each other. People would get so excited about the posters they would rip them off the wall to take with them. Kosberg said she wanted to style the exhibit to represent this. “I purposely made the exhibit so it is not in any specific order,” Kosberg said. “I wanted to mimic that mix of culture there was when they were posted up in Paris.” Kosberg said that this exhibit will appeal to a large audience including a specific, niche group. “There is a huge collectors market for these posters,” Kosberg said. “So these collectors would come here and be really excited about the exhibit.” Hogan plans on checking out the exhibit sometime soon. “I’m a big movie fan, and I love looking at movie posters and history,” Hogan said. “So [the exhibit] is definitely something I want to check out.” Kosberg believes this exhibit will appeal to those who don’t know anything about the Parisian Opera scene. “[The posters] are so beautiful and colorful that even anyone with no knowledge could just walk up and be impressed with what’s happening,” Kosberg said.

Poster Points  “Opera in Print” will be on display through April 22.  The exhibit was arranged to mimic the way the posters originally would have been seen in France.

The Georgia Museum of Art’s “Opera in Print” exhibit will be available to view until April 22. R E Y N O L D S

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Breakup in a college town University of Georgia students discuss various effects of breakups in friend groups Julia Sanders Contributor Most people hope to remain close to the friends they make in college, but sometimes certain circumstances tear friendships apart. In some cases, friend groups fall to pieces because couples amongst the group break up, and the University of Georgia is no exception to this unfortunate reality. Some UGA students discussed their experiences with friends dating among the same friend group. Allison Andrews, a sophomore biochemistry and genetics major from Marietta, had a closeknit friend group last year until one of the couples in the group broke up. Andrews explained how uncomfortable the situation was.

I would honestly say try to stay friends with the people that make you happy. A S H I PAT E L , S T U D E N T

“It was more awkward around events that they had planned together. Like her birthday was coming up and everything, and she had to un-invite him,” Andrews said. “She knew that he wanted to bring a plus one because he was starting to date somebody again, and she was not okay with that.” When a couple in a friend group breaks up, it is common for the friends to pick sides. In Andrews’ case, the couple tried to convince

their friends to choose their side over the other person. “They started calling it the ‘divorce’ where [their friends] had to pick sides,” Andrews said. When a feud breaks out among a friend group, friends can sometimes pressure each other to swing way one or another. The pressure to not hurt anybody’s feelings can seem overwhelming, even though it is almost impossible to spare everyone’s feelings. Ashi Patel, a freshman journalism major from Columbus, had a huge friend group, and they all ended up dating each other. However, one by one, the couples started to break up. Hurt and anger erupted as each couple dissolved. “People were able to hang out with each other — kind of, but not really — because [of] the hurt feelings,” Patel said. “Someone would feel guilty if you didn’t invite one person or the other, then the other one would get mad that they didn’t get invited, so it just got really messy to be able to hang out.” Some students are closer to one friend than the other, so they have no choice but to choose the side of their best friend. Ansley Renfroe, a freshman entertainment and media studies major from Thomasville, was best friends with a guy who insisted that she become best friends with his girlfriend. However, after their relationship ended, he wanted Renfroe to stop being friends with his now ex-girlfriend. “I kind of had to take his side because we had been best friends since sixth grade, and I was still way closer to him than I was with his girlfriend,” Renfroe said.

University of Georgia students sit on a couch together. E M I L Y Andrews decided not to pick either friends’ side when her friends broke up. “I didn’t actively pick sides because that’s boring, and I like hearing both sides of the gossip,” Andrews said. Sometimes breakups between friends are so bad that there is no way to repair the friend group. Patel said that when she and her boyfriend broke up, the friend group completely fell apart. “It was really terrible, and now the only people in the group that still talk to each other are me and one of the guy friends in the group and one of the girl friends in the group,” Patel said. The hardest factor of a breakup among friends is the pressure to pick sides. No matter the circumstances, everyone seemed to agree that making a friend choose them over the other person is not a good idea. “I would honestly say try to stay friends with the people that make you happy, and don’t let stupid

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breakups and stuff like that ruin your friendships with someone else because it happened to someone else,” Patel said. Codie Freeman, a senior business management major from Madison, had advice for friend groups that suffer a breakup. “It’s not a fun experience to go through, but sometimes in life, you are going to lose friends, and if they are not willing to stay by your side with something as trivial as a relationship, then I don’t really see why you would still want to be friends with them,” Freeman said. “Are they really worth being your friend?” Freeman believes that the glue holding friendships together is communication. In order to see this through, Freeman makes sure that she communicates with her friends on a daily basis. “We communicate and tell each other how we are doing and stuff,” Freeman said. “We are still friends to this day, and it has been six years.”

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Seniors prepare for final SEC championship swim meet.

Georgia gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets Carter during Georgia’s Jan. 19 meet against Auburn at Stegeman Coliseum.


Where does the Georgia men’s basketball team stand in the SEC?

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Freshman Lynna Irby shines for the Georgia track and field team.


Back in red and black Courtney Kupets Carter’s journey from celebrated Georgia gymnast to GymDog head coach Brittany Stewart Contributor In May 2017, Georgia announced a new head coach to lead its gymnastics program. A familiar face to Bulldog nation, former GymDog Courtney Kupets Carter was named to the helm, with the hopes that she would return the program to its former glory. She knows this greatness all too well, as she herself was a huge piece of the legacy surrounding Georgia gymnastics. Kupets Carter, a member of four national championship teams, not only took a job, but returned to the sport that she loves and to the place where she shined. Kupets Carter’s gymnastics career began when she was

three years old, and she quickly rose to the top of the sport. She reached elite gymnastics status in 1999 at 13 and became a back-to-back US national champion in 2003 and 2004. Her career then led her to a spot on the Olympic team in 2004. Hosted in Athens, Greece, Kupets Carter contributed to her team’s silver medal and earned herself an individual bronze medal on the uneven bars. Following the Olympics, Kupets Carter went on an Olympics exhibition tour before returning to competition. She joined the Georgia gymnastics team in 2005 and began her collegiate career under decorated head coach Suzanne Yoculan.  S E E K U P E T S CA R T E R PAG E B 6

Three’s company

Trio of sophomore infielders grow together for Georgia baseball

Tommy Boyd Staff writer




If a ground ball was hit to a Georgia infielder last season, there was a great chance it was fielded by a true freshman. Third baseman Aaron Schunk, shortstop Cam Shepherd and second baseman Will Proctor each started a majority of the games for the Bulldogs in their first year, with Shepherd starting all 57. Together, the trio collected 151 putouts, turned 49 double plays and assisted on 304 outs. As freshmen starters, they were tasked with figuring out how to adjust to collegiate baseball in real time. Instead of consistently leaning on the performances of upperclassmen, the three infielders had to depend on each other. “I think us being young, especially freshmen last year and now being sophomores, going through that process has kind of helped us to grow,” Schunk said. As the shortstop, Shepherd had Schunk playing to his right and Proctor to his left. He and Schunk have known each other from travel ball since their early high school days, and he met the California-born Proctor during his senior year. Each of the three players were rated highly coming out of high school. Shepherd and Proctor were both the No. 2 shortstops in their home states of Georgia and California, according to Perfect Game. Schunk was a Rawlings and Perfect Game third team All-American. These accolades prove that the existing relationships, talent and leadership

We decided that we were going to play those young guys last year in order to build for the future. SCOTT STRICKLIN, GEORGIA HEAD COACH

qualities were present long before the players donned the red and black. None of them knew what to expect from collegiate baseball, so they faced the new challenge together. There were times when they appeared to be seasoned veterans, but there were also times when the infield’s lack of experience proved to be costly. Shepherd recalls a game against Arkansas in which the Bulldogs lost in extra innings. In what was an even game, he cited lack of composure as the root for the eventual 5-4 defeat. “This year since we have more experience, if we make one mistake it won’t turn into two or three,” he said. While the three had to gain the experience themselves through continuous trial and error, they were quick to reference advice from older teammates as something that helped them adjust to the new environment. Players like Mitchell Webb, Trey Logan and Keegan McGovern provided insight into what might make the young players more successful. Sometimes it was technical things related to actual play, and other times it was reminding them not to get caught up in the moment. “You run out there for the first time and they call your name, and you look around and see the first time you’re playing in front of thousands of fans,” Proctor said. “[The older guys] are like ‘Just calm down.’” Still, the advice could only help them so much. At some point, it was important for them to figure things out for themselves, even if that meant having moments like at the end of that Arkansas game. It was important for

them as players, and also for the team. “We decided that we were going to play those young guys last year in order to build for the future,” said head coach Scott Stricklin. “So this year, next year, and just going forward, we’re going to have a lot of guys with a lot of experience.” Now, going into the 2018 season, these three players are looking to improve upon the 25-32 record the Bulldogs had during their freshman campaigns. Things are different now though, and where there once was a lack of experience there is now a surplus. Schunk, who missed the final 20 games due to a thumb injury, is making sure the incoming freshmen are well equipped to handle the new environment, because they could easily see more playing time than expected. “I’ve kind of taken Ivan Johnson and Steven Minter under my wing,” Schunk said. “I’ve tried to help them a lot at just slowing the game down, because that’s a big thing that I had a problem with last year. I felt fast, I felt like everything was on me real fast.” Strickland echoed this advice, and applied it back to the three players themselves. Even with significant changes, including Will Proctor transitioning into a role on the pitching staff, he knows the confidence gained from last season’s struggles will be the catalyst for success going into 2018. This is true for the entire team of young Bulldogs, but even more so for the three players that experienced every high and every low together as freshmen in the middle of the infield last season.

More on the sophomores  Cam Shepherd (2017): .307 batting average, 5 home runs, 28 runs batted in  Aaron Schunk (2017): .290 batting average, 1 home run, 18 runs batted in  Will Proctor (2017): .241 batting average, 3 home runs, 17 runs batted in



Playbook Championship stretch Georgia’s senior class eager to lead team at SEC championship meet Janey Murray Staff Writer On Wednesday, Feb. 14, members of the Georgia swimming and diving senior class began the final SEC Swimming and Diving Championships of their careers in College Station, Texas. Some of the seniors will then go on to the NCAA championship meet in March, and some may not. However, all of them will be expected to lead the team through what will be a highly competitive SEC championship meet. “I expect them to lead by example the whole time so I don’t have to be cajoling and pushing,” head coach Jack Bauerle said. “And they will.” Many of the seniors said they are confident that this year’s team is deeper than it has been in past years going into the SEC championship meet because nearly everyone on the SEC roster will have a chance to score points for the team. “We’ll have guys that will swim really well in the B finals, and score those points that you don’t always think about,” senior Gunnar Bentz said. “But those are so key to winning an SEC championship. I think we’re slated to do really well.” The 2018 senior class will go into the SEC championship meet with a number of accomplishments already under its belt. The women’s team won an SEC

I think they’ll stand up, do their job, and also make sure everyone else does too. JACK BAUERLE, UGA HEAD COACH


Men’s basketball falls behind The Red & Black’s men’s basketball beat writers examine the current landscape of the SEC using results prior to Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Tier One: Leaders in the clubhouse AUBURN, TENNESSEE

Auburn is the cream of the crop in the SEC this year. The Tigers have the best record in the SEC and have gone 11-1 in their last 12 conference games. Led by Bryce Brown, Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper, Auburn has the makings of a prominent NCAA tournament team. Tennessee, on the other hand, is not too far behind. The Volunteers have arguably the most impressive non-conference win with a victory over No. 6 Purdue to go along with impressive SEC wins over Texas A&M and Kentucky. — Michael Hebert

Tier Two: Lurking contenders UGA swimmers swim laps in the pool at the Ramsey Student Center Gabrielsen Natatorium after competing in a meet against LSU on Jan. 13. C H A M B E R L A I N S M I T H / S T A F F championship in 2015 and an NCAA title in 2016. Seniors Bentz and Jay Litherland both competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with Bentz winning a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. While Bentz already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200yard individual medley against Emory on Feb. 10, many of the seniors will look to qualify for NCAAs at the SEC championship next week. Senior Basil Orr will attempt to qualify for his first ever NCAA appearance. For many of the seniors, it will be a strange feeling embarking on the final SEC championship meet of their college careers, and for some, one of the last few swim meets of their lives. “It’s really an odd feeling,” Orr said. “I’ve been swimming my whole life, and this could potentially be one of my last meets ever, but I’m really excited. I want it to be the best one I’ve ever had.” With its many accomplishments, the senior class has likely already had an effect on the underclassmen on the

team. However, senior Meaghan Raab said she hopes the class leaves behind more than just its athletic achievements. “Hopefully we’ve shown that you don’t have to be the best on the team to make an impact on the team,” Raab said. “We’ve had some [seniors] that have been walk-ons, some that have been on full scholarship, but that doesn’t matter. It’s what you do in the pool that can set you apart, but also how you act outside the pool and the kind of impact that you’re making on your teammates when swimming is not on the table.” Going into its final championship meet season, the senior class will aim to take a bigger leadership role than ever before and bring the team together in pursuit of an SEC championship. “I think they’ll stand up, do their job, and also make sure everyone else does too,” Bauerle said. “I think if you really do a good job at coaching, you should be doing less at the end of the year rather than more.”


The Gators have had some ups and downs this season and recently went on a 1-3 stretch with losses to Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. But Florida has still shown enough to be a contender in the SEC. Missouri is as hot as any team in the nation right now, having won five in a row and the Tigers still cling to the hopes of getting top recruit Michael Porter Jr. back at some point. Texas A&M started conference play 0-5 but has rebounded and cracked the top-25 in the latest Associated Press Poll. — Collin Huguley

Tier Three: Talented but inconsistent ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY

Alabama has racked up great wins this season against Tennessee, Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma but also has some puzzling losses. Collin Sexton and the Crimson Tide are still in a solid position at 8-5 in SEC play. Led by the senior guard tandem of Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford, Arkansas can hang with any team when its shots are falling. Kentucky lost three games in a row for the first time in the John Calipari era but still has enough blue-chip talent to remain dangerous in the SEC. — Collin Huguley

Tier Four: Outside looking in MISSISSIPPI STATE, LSU, GEORGIA

Mississippi State has wins over Missouri and Alabama and seems to be in decent position, but a weak non-conference schedule sets it back. LSU has beaten Texas A&M twice but inconsistency keeps them from moving up any further. Georgia is on a bit of a slide and is in danger of not only missing the NCAA tournament but also having a losing record going into the conference tournament. — Michael Hebert

Tier Five: Bottom feeders

10.2 The Georgia softball team’s runs per game average so far this season.


Since a Jan. 24 road win against Florida, South Carolina has gone into free fall with six consecutive losses. The Gamecocks looked like a potential team to make a second-half run after wins over the Gators and Kentucky but the wheels have fallen off. Ole Miss has also lost six straight and head coach Andy Kennedy announced that he would not return as head coach next season. Vanderbilt has occupied the last-place slot in the SEC standings for most of the season thus far. — Collin Huguley

S TAT O F T H E W E E K The Georgia softball team has produced a lot of offense in its first five games of the 2018 season. The Bulldogs have averaged 10.2 runs per game and have gone 4-1 through the first five games of the season, all of which were played at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Georgia scored 23 runs in only five innings in its season-opening win over San Diego State on Feb. 8 and also defeated two top-20 teams in Utah and BYU at the event. Kendall Burton led the way for Georgia, hitting .722 with two home runs throughout the stretch. — Collin Huguley

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Lynna Irby brings decorated past to Athens Star freshman steps up for Georgia track and field Quentin VanHoozer Contributor Before she was one of the fastest freshmen in the nation, Lynna Irby was just a state track star waiting for her breakout moment in front of the world. Georgia’s true freshman held the fastest time in the nation in the women’s 200 meter up until last weekend. She currently sits third in the nation, just 0.14 seconds behind first for the event. In the 400 meter, Irby is second in the nation by a difference of 0.04 seconds. She also set the best time in the nation in the event in late January. However, those who knew her before she raced for Georgia aren’t surprised by the success she has had at the collegiate level. Irby was born in 1998 in Gary, Indiana. She shares the same name as her grandmother, Lenna Irby, but spells it differently. Her mother, Nakela Irby, knew early on that Irby’s liveliness needed the direction that sports could provide.

I wanted her to be doing something, because she was always so active. N A K E L A I R B Y, LY N N A I R B Y ’ S M O T H E R

“I wanted her to be doing something, because she was always so active,” Nakela Irby said. “It really started out with me wanting her to be tired by night time.” None of the sports Irby tried were able to keep up with her until one day at her younger brother’s basketball practice. “We’re at his basketball practice and for some reason the coaches just never got there on time,” Irby said. “So all the boys, before warm-ups, were just racing down the

Lynna Irby practices with the Georgia track and field team at the Spec Towns Track on Feb. 8. S H U B H A M court.” At the time, Irby was nine and had a broken arm in a cast. That didn’t stop her from begging her mom to let her go race with her brother and his teammates. “All the boys were looking at me and joking saying that this girl wants to race us,” Irby said. “We all went up to the line. Turns out, I beat all of them.” Michael Vinson, a coach for the Indiana Storm Track Club, was in attendance because his son was on the team. “In all my years of coaching, I had never gone up to anybody and suggested that they need to sign their kid up for track,” Vinson said. “But I’m seeing this girl running, and she’s waving at these guys saying ‘Hey! Come on! Keep up!’ She was just cruising. Her strides were just crazy.” From there, Vinson would coach Irby for the next nine years. Irby began track with little technique but ran with a competitive spirit. Vinson helped her to develop over the next few years until her next big moment. At age 12, Irby placed second at the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.57. Irby’s time put her on the map. She began doing interviews with the Indianapolis newspaper. But her mother never wanted her daugh-

Lynna Irby during a Georgia track and field practice on Feb. 8. S H U B H A M



Irby’s 400-meter time to win silver medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships ter to ever feel pressured that she couldn’t still be a kid. She always wanted Irby to have a life off of the track. “I know Coach Vinson got nervous when I got her a skateboard and we got a trampoline,” Nakela Irby said. Even without pressure coming from her family, Irby struggled at times when her path to success became lonely. “A lot of my friends stopped doing track, so I was kind of depressed,” Irby said. “Track is hard. When you don’t have friends to goof around with, it gets a little taxing.” Vinson noticed her times weren’t improving during her sophomore season. Together, they decided to back out of the 400 to focus on the 100 and 200 for the 2014 nationals. Irby headed into her junior year trying to figure out how to improve her time. Together, Irby, her mother and Vinson decided the solution was to find better competition year-round, since local meets no longer forced Irby to push herself. After a summer off to recover, Irby started her junior season with the goal of making the United States World Youth Team. Despite winning all of her races at the Indiana state meet for the third year in a row, there was still cause for concern heading into the try-outs for the world youth team. “I just couldn’t break 54 [seconds] all year,” Irby said. “So I was starting to feel discouraged.” Irby headed into the biggest race of her career trusting in her and Vinson’s plan. She broke the 54 second mark for the first time to finish second at the meet and qualify for the team. After not expecting to even make the team, Irby traveled to Cali, Colombia, to compete against elite track and field athletes her age. “I wasn’t expecting much when I made the team,” Irby said. “I wasn’t even predicted to get on the podium.”


Her goal for competition was only to maintain the time that got her there. After her time was under 54 seconds in the first round, she looked to be on the right track. But moving into the second day, Irby accomplished something she never even considered to begin with. Irby finished second in the final with a personal-best time of 51.79 seconds in the 400. “I was so overwhelmed with emotions when I got on the podium, because I didn’t even dream of being on that podium,” Irby said. Irby would win a silver medal in the 2016 World Junior Championships. She also placed first in the 400 meter at both the 2016 and 2017 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. However, she sees her miraculous two weeks in the summer of 2015 as her breakout moment in her career. Irby won at all levels to prepare her for her arrival at Georgia. Today, whether by text or a phone call, Vinson always makes time to talk Irby through each race. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s a friendship,” Vinson said. “Obviously with elite athletes, you will spend more time with them, but that doesn’t mean the relationship goes along. I’ve never had anything like this in 17 years of coaching.” Now, her goal is to help bring her new coach, Petros Kyprianou, his first national championship. After falling in last year’s outdoor national championships, Georgia will look to Irby as one of the last pieces of an almost-complete blueprint. “It’s exciting but at the same time I know that there’s more. I know I can run faster,” Irby said.

Irby Facts  Ranks second in the nation in the 400 meter and is 0.04 seconds behind first  Ranks third in the nation in the 200 meter and is 0.14 seconds behind first  Born in Gary, Indiana, and was named after her grandmother, Lenna, even though their names are spelled differently

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Quickly carrying over her success from elite to collegiate gymnastics, Kupets Carter and the Bulldogs won a team national championship in 2006 and Kupets Carter won the individual all-around, bars and beam national titles. Kupets Carter continued her domination for the remainder of her career at Georgia. In her four years, Kupets Carter was a contributing member of four national championship teams as well as a three-time all-around national champion, two-time balance beam national champion, two-time bars national champion, floor national champion and vault national champion. Her face now on the center of the wall of Stegeman Colesium with other great Georgia athletes, Kupets Carter remains the only NCAA gymnast to win the title in the all-around competition as well as every individual event. She is also Georgia’s only winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded to the top female collegiate athlete across all sports. Former head coach and current volunteer assistant coach, Yoculan, now known as Suzanne Yoculan Leeburn, said that what separated Kupets Carter from the rest of the gymnasts was not that she had the prettiest handstands on the bars or the most power when she tumbles. Yoculan Leeburn said what set Kupets Carter apart was what went on in her head every day at practice and every time she stepped up to an event on the competition floor. “Yes, she has all of the physical attributes of a successful gymnast, but so many gymnasts have all the flexibility, strength and awareness, but they just don’t have the mental strength, and that’s where she really separated herself,” Yoculan Leeburn said. Her innate mental toughness, which served her well through injuries and performance ups and downs, also may have kept her at the top of her sport. The difference in Kupets Carter was she kept her eye on the bigger picture.

You would tell [Kupets Carter] something, and she was one step ahead of you. S U Z A N N E YO C U L A N L E E B U R N , G Y M D O G A S S I S TA N T COACH AND FORMER HEAD COACH

Yoculan described Kupets Carter as a “thinker,” and said she could see the wheels turning at practice and on the competition floor. Aware of her body at all times, Kupets Carter was always looking to make improvements to herself and her routines, never focused on breaking NCAA records or how high the score was. “I was amazed with her during her entire career,” Yoculan Leeburn said. “She was so easy. You would tell her something, and she was one step ahead of you. Whatever I was thinking about telling her to do, she was already doing it.”

Road to head coach Life after collegiate gymnastics slowed a bit for Kupets Carter as she began to find her place in post-graduation life. Following her college career, Kupets Carter served as a student coach for the Bulldogs in 2010. She then took a hiatus from the sport in 2014, joining Le Reve, a Las Vegas water show that featured acrobatics, swimming and dancing. Returning to the gym and Athens in 2016, Kupets Carter coached at the club level at Oconee Gymnastics and Cheer. “Gymnastics is a sport that you have to step away from for a few years when you change your role in it,” Kupets Carter said. “It’s about finding what fit is for you.” The firing of former Georgia head coach, Danna Durante in late April of 2017 sparked the ideal opportunity for Kupets Carter to get into collegiate coaching. In previous years, she looked for positions as a head coach or an assistant, but it never felt right. “I thought about being a college coach before and I had looked at other schools, but it never really felt like a fit,” Kupets Carter said. “I always thought ‘What would it take, when the opportunity arose at Georgia, for me to get it?’” Kupets Carter knew from past experience that Georgia looks for exceptional resumes from experienced head coaches and that the athletic department would be looking for the same thing once again. Immediately putting in her application, Kupets Carter said she was aware of her limited coaching experience, but she felt she had something to bring to the table. Relying on her mentor and former college coach for advice, Kupets Carter called Yoculan Leeburn, who coached the GymDogs from 1983 to 2009 and lead the team to 10 national championships, to ask her advice and get guidance from the best in the business. Coming off a disappointing season in 2017 under Durante, Kupets Carter’s current team also had no worries about it’s future coach’s experience level. In fact, most of her current team watched Kupets Carter compete in the 2004 Olympics and followed her career when she came to Georgia. Junior Sydney Snead, who competes in all four events for the GymDogs, said she could not contain her excitement when she heard the news of her new head coach, and began the motivation for the upcoming season for her. “I was jumping up and down, running around my house,” Snead said. “She was such a big star here and had so much


Georgia gymnastics’ record so far this season

success, so to be able to learn from her, I just remember being so excited that I couldn’t wait to get back to Athens to meet her and get to work.” Some doubted the ability of Kupets Carter when she was first named head coach because of her lack of experience as a head coach. However, her future team was never worried about her abilities but rather looked to her as someone that had stood in their shoes and could relate to them. Senior Natalie Vaculik said she has a photo of herself on her recruiting trip to Georgia, standing in front of a blownup photograph of Kupets Carter from her college days. Vaculik struck the same pose, not knowing that three years later she would be coached by the person she admired. “She has a huge legacy here,” Vaculik said. “I know she hadn’t coached collegiate gymnastics before, but none of us had any doubts that she wasn’t fit for the job.”

Rebuilding a legacy program

When Kupets Carter competed as a GymDog, she competed in the height of the legacy that was Georgia gymnastics. Knowing what it is like to have to balance school with practice and competitions all while being in the public eye, Kupets Carter has been able to share her own experiences with her athletes and relate to them on a personal level. Yoculan Leeburn, who has been able to watch Kupets Carter take over and see the changes that she has made in the way things are done, said she is proud of the way that Kupets Carter is handling her athletes and creating the attitude and environment that she used to have. “She has a good rapport with the athletes already,” Yoculan Leeburn said. “She’s younger. It’s really good for the athletes, having someone that also went through the competitive stresses that they’re going through. She can relate to all of that so well.” Bringing the mental toughness that she utilized throughout her own career to her team, Kupets Carter is trying to change the way that Georgia does gymnastics back to the way that it was when she was on the team. The most important attribute that Kupets Carter is trying to bring back and instill in her athletes is the power of a positive attitude, especially in a team that has been plagued with injury since the start of the season. As a result, she and her entire coaching staff have used positive reinforcement and encouragement to support their athletes. “I’ve had a lot of negative things, everything that could happen as a gymnast,” Kupets Carter said. “If you constantly are negative, it takes longer to heal. You have to be really quick to turn on that switch of positive reinforcement because it is a mental sport.” Making more changes outside of the gym, Kupets Carter facilitated ways for her team to become closer. Kupets Carter said that the power of team and their support for one another could be the difference at the end of the day. Vaculik said that one of the biggest changes she has felt since the coaching change was the relationship between athletes and coaches. “I think each and every one of us can say that we feel supported,” Vaculik said. “Not just in our gymnastics but outside of the gym and in every aspect of our life.” Outside of the coaching staff, there is an entire fan base of Georgia fans that wants to see the team succeed. The GymDogs have already had full-capacity at two of their home meets in Stegeman Coliseum. Knowing the power of having the Bulldog nation cheer as the athletes compete, Kupets Carter looks for the girls to look up and look around them at the great thing that they represent and are part of. She said the environment and what Georgia represents is one of the reasons she became a Bulldog, and one of the reasons she wanted to return. “There’s a community here,” Kupets Carter said. “And that’s what we’re trying to teach these young ladies. You don’t know how much you can impact the fans by just performing and your attitude and how you come off the floor. You’re not just doing this for yourselves, you’re doing this for a community.”

Kupets Carter Resume  Kupets Carter competed as a member of four Georgia gymnastics national championship teams from 2006 to 2009.  Kupets Carter is the only collegiate gymnast to capture a national title in all-around competition as well as every individual event.  Kupets Carter served as a student coach for the GymDogs in 2010 and coached at the club level at Oconee Gymnastics and Cheer in 2016.


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Dawgs for Israel to host fashion show Tessa Green Contributor On Monday, Feb. 19, Dawgs for Israel at the University of Georgia will host the Walk the Runway: Israeli Fashion Show, which will showcase the culture and history of Israeli fashion. The show will feature Israeli fashion blogger Liraz Cohen, who runs the blog “Fashionating by Liri.” It will consist of people modeling clothes that tell the story of Israeli fashion from the time of the Kibbutz to current street fashion. Nitzan Ben Eliyahu, the Israeli fellow for UGA, knew that Cohen has had lectures on many different college campuses, and has been wanting her to come to UGA. “I heard about ‘Fashionating by Liri’ from other Israeli fellows,” Eliyahu said. “As soon as she was recommended to me, I knew I wanted to bring her to campus.” Cohen was involved on college campuses before creating “Fashionating by Liri,” in 2016. “She was an Israeli fellow before

moving to New York City to pursue fashion design,” Eliyahu said. “She wanted to combine her passion for fashion with her passion for Israel.” Cohen is earning her Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has presented her lecture to over 50 organizations in North America. The show will demonstrate more than just the fashion of Israel — it will also teach the audience about the country’s culture and history. Cohen will discuss the evolution of Israeli fashion from the country’s beginning to present day. The event will be student-centered, and 14 UGA students will be modeling at the show. “The event is a way for students to learn about other aspects of Israel,” Eliyahu said. “It is a good opportunity for fashion students to learn about the Israeli industry.” Lee Setty, the president of Dawgs for Israel, said that part of the mission statement for the club says that it is a multi-ideological group that celebrates Israeli culture and engages

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in Arab-Jewish dialogue on campus. Setty said that the fashion is a part of their mission. “We celebrate Israel in different ways on campus,” Setty said. “One of our events to celebrate [Israeli culture] this year is a fashion show.” The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Ballroom. The event will be free, and there will be free food. “It is a once and a lifetime opportunity to come learn about fashion in a new lens while learning about Israeli history and culture,” Setty said.




North Carolina-based rock & roll band Amigo will play Flicker Theatre & Bar as part of their tour promoting their new EP “And Friends.” The band will be joined by Rex Hussmann and MrCarterMrTonks. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Creature Comforts will host live music played through headphones by three artists. Prism Lord is at 6:15, followed by Athens artist Lea Lea at 7:15 p.m. and indie pop act Zigtebra at 8:15 p.m. This event is free.

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Anderson East

Anderson East will bring his blend of genres like soul and early rock & roll to the Georgia Theatre. Opening for East is JS Ondara. Doors are open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17-19.

The New Sound of Numbers

At Go Bar, The New Sound of Numbers (experimental/post-punk), John & Kiran Fernandes (instrument-based pop) and Jake Brower (lo-fi/pop) will be performing from 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Tickets for the three-act show are $5.

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Ralph Roddenbery

Americana artist Ralph Roddenbery honed his skills under the likes of Bill Berry of R.E.M. Roddenbery will be joined by Tommy Jones and Beetle Andrews at Hendershot’s starting at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge.

Caulfield, Allen Thomas, Y.O.D., Cassie Chantel, Elle Capone

This five-act show will take place at The Caledonia Lounge. Doors are open at 9:30 p.m., with the show starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for ages 21 and up and $7 for ages 18-20.



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What: Charlayne-Hunter Gault, UGA alumna, award-winning journalist and one of the first African American students admitted to UGA will present at the lecture. Where: UGA Chapel When: 2 p.m. Price: Free

AUTHOR JAMIE QUATRO What: Jamie Quatro will make an appearance to talk about her debut novel, “Fire Sermon.” Quatro will also sign books at the event. Where: Avid Bookshop, Prince Ave. When: 6 p.m. Price: Free



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What: A play about mysterious new neighbors that move into a Detroit neighborhood and intervene in the lives of an average couple. Where: UGA Fine Arts Building, Cellar Theatre When: Feb. 16 – Feb. 25; 8 p.m. for regular showtime and 2:30 p.m. for matinee Price: $12–$16

BOYBUTANTE PRESENTS: BEERBUTANTE AT TERRAPIN What: A percentage night including live music by Emileigh Ireland and two drag shows. Where: Terrapin Beer Co. When: 5-8 p.m. Price: Free

What: Ages 21 and over are invited to meet singles, participate in games, go on hikes and more. Where: 205 Old Commerce Rd. When: 2:30 p.m.–5p.m. Price: $3-5, pre-registration required

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION What: A celebration of Chinese culture and the Lunar New Year. There will be music, food, literature and art-making. Where: State Botanical Garden at UGA When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: $2, guests under 2 are free

SUNDAY, FEB. 18 ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ What: Project Safe, a local sexual abuse non-profit, will present its annual performance of the play featuring women of all ages and backgrounds. Where: UGA Chapel When: 3 p.m. Price: $15

AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH TREY ANASTASIO What: Trey Anastasio is a founding member of Phish, and he has received GRAMMY nominations for both his recordings with Phish and his solo work. Where: The Classic Center When: 7:30 p.m. Price: $65-75




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Losing their reign The Georgia equestrian team suffered its first loss of the season to Auburn on Feb. 9. The Bulldogs lost 12-6, failing to complete the regular season sweep of the Tigers. A L L P H O T O S B Y E M I LY H A N E Y / S TA F F

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