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The battle of the brands Harrison Young Senior Staff Writer For over a decade, Jittery Joe’s has been the only name in coffee on the University of Georgia campus, but now they are facing unexpected competitors—a Starbucks and a Caribou Coffee both operated by the university. This local Athens brand took its place on the second floor of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center in the early 2000s and has been providing an exclusive late-night fix ever since. But eight months ago, that changed. In July of last year, the national brands Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels came to campus as a part of the new Science Learning Center, and they were joined

After years as UGA’s only coffee shop, Jittery Joe’s faces competition in November by Starbucks. Now, a local brand with 16 locations is competing with two of the most recognizable names in coffee.

The hometown brand In spite of these new additions, Jittery Joe’s is still busy pushing on ahead. The local brand has no plans to surrender anytime soon. In fact, it is in part thanks to Starbucks that Jittery Joe’s has its current location in the MLC. Bob Googe, the owner of Jittery Joe’s, said the location, which Jittery Joe’s now occupies, was originally in-

tended for a Starbucks. “The university and Starbucks were in—now this is my understanding of course—conversation about coming on campus,” Googe said. “Starbucks and the university architects were not seeing eye to eye on things, and so the university asked if I would like to bid on that contract as well.” This deal was also the result of a survey, said Googe, which also returned Starbucks as a top choice. The original survey, he pointed out, did not include Jittery Joe’s as an option as it was still only a couple of stores.

Googe said this doesn’t surprise him, and he said even today, Jittery Joe’s isn’t an instantly recognizable brand outside of Athens. “Jittery Joe’s is a brand they have to learn. We’re available in lots of places in Atlanta, but we only have one store,” Googe said. “Students don’t come to UGA having grown up going to Jittery Joe’s, so they have to learn who we are.” Plans are already underway to open a second on-campus location in the Science Library, which Googe said will open in March of next year. When asked if he was concerned about the size and fame of his completion, Googe said, “I am not concerned, but I am paying attention.”  S E E C O F F E E PAG E A 8

Federal hiring freeze may halt student jobs Nate Harris and Erin Schilling Senior Staff Writer | Staff Writer Connor Kitchings doesn’t know if he’s going to have an internship this summer. The senior political science and economics major and dual master’s student in public administration from Marietta applied for eight positions with the Federal Reserve in Atlanta back in December. But a freeze on federal hiring has left Kitchings wondering if those positions even still exist. “As of right now, I’m not sure whether the hiring freeze affects them or not. I haven’t heard anything about if it does,” he said. “[It’s] in limbo right now.” As one of his first executive orders as president, Donald Trump enacted a hiring freeze on most positions throughout the federal government, with some exceptions mostly to military personnel. The freeze effectively halts any job offers after Jan. 22.

Nothing new Trump’s order is not the first freeze on federal hiring in history. George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter enacted similar hiring freezes during their respective presidencies. Despite the intent to reduce the number of federal employees, a 1982 report from the General Accounting Office found the four hiring freezes since 1977 “have not been an effective means of controlling federal employment.” According to the report, the freezes instead resulted in hidden costs and lost revenue, with some agencies resorting to contractors to compensate for the freeze. In Trump’s order, contracting outside the government to circumvent the freeze is specifically not permitted. “Either they’ll [run more efficiently], or they’ll have to scale back on the work that they’ve been doing,” said Jason Anastasopoulous, a professor of public policy and administration and political science at the University of Georgia. “If they can’t actually hire outside contractors, I don’t really see any other choice that they’ll have.” Anastasopoulos said the hiring freezes are more for “political showmanship” than budgetary reasons. “It’s a very calculated political move. While it may anger some people in the federal government, I think a majority of people find it to be refreshing,” Anastasopoulos said. He said the government shutdown under the Obama Administration was an example of a necessary freeze because the Office of Management and Budget couldn’t decide on a budget.

An unclear future Intent behind the freeze aside, the executive order has left some in a state of confusion. A week into the freeze, Jarrett Craven did not know if he was still going to have a job over the summer. Craven, a junior forestry major from Lilburn, worked with the U.S. Forest Service as a forestry technician at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah last year and re-signed back in December. “Due to the hiring freeze, at this point it’s kind of weird,” he said. Craven’s confusion came from a memo released by the OMB discussing the executive order. According to the memo, anyone who received a job offer before Jan. 22 but would start after Feb. 22 would be subject to agency review “to determine whether the job offer/appointment should be revoked.” “I have no idea what that all entails,” Craven said. Following the order, he said, most of the U.S. Forest Service job offers on were removed. Searching “U.S. Forest Service” brought up only one job offer under the Forest Service agency, two vacancies as a full-time fire dispatcher position in Cadillac, Michigan.  S E E F R E E Z E PAG E A 8

Connor Kitchings was concerned for his future amid the hiring freeze. A U S TIN STEELE/ S TA F F



Quick takes on stories you might have missed this week







Athens cuts back on water use due to drought

Georgia bill could ease restrictions on puppy mills

Georgia approves renovations to Sanford Stadium

Georgia softball goes 5-0 in first tournament

Eighteenth annual Vagina Monologues discusses feminism

As Athens enters into a level two drought, the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office has implemented ways to raise awareness and help the community cut down on water consumption in an effort to combat the effects of the drought. As a result, restrictions have been set banning water use for washing vehicles and fountain use, including the University of Georgia’s Herty Field fountain.

Animal rights organizations such as the Athens Humane Society are expressing concern after a new bill on the Georgia General Assembly docket entered the Georgia House of Representatives this week. House Bill 144, also known as the Pet Purchase Protection Act, would regulate the retail sale of dogs and cats in the state, affecting puppy mills, which typically breeds pets on an intensive basis and often in inhumane conditions.

The University of Georgia athletic board approved a $63 million renovation to the west end of Sanford Stadium at a board meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The plan is for the Georgia locker rooms, which are housed on the east side of the stadium, to be moved to the west end, with a new 500-seat recruiting pavilion. The construction is set to take 17 months beginning after May and completing in summer 2018.

Georgia softball opened its 2017 season at home with the 10th annual Red and Black Showcase. The team faced Winthrop, Syracuse and East Carolina in the three-day tournament. The Bulldogs went undefeated on the weekend and outscored opponents 40-9, run-ruling opponents in three of the five games of the weekend. Georgia now moves to 5-0 on the young season following the first tournament of the year.

For the women participating in the upcoming 18th annual production of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s award-winning play is a platform to discuss social issues and women’s rights. The University of Georgia will feature productions starting Feb. 16–19 at the University of Georgia Chapel. Ensler’s play combines monologues by women, ranging from humorous to heart-breaking, educational to entertaining.

Police Blotter   Man

in Classic Center thought he was in Statesboro, arrested for public intoxication

On Feb. 10, Athens-Clarke County police responded to Classic Center security in reference to a drunk subject who had just fallen down stairs. According to the police report, the man did “not seem coherent or aware of what was going on.” The man first told police he thought he was in Statesboro. The man also told police he had an “amount of currency” to pay off on his phone. The man was then subsequently placed under arrest for public intoxication.  Woman

reports threatening email from ‘serialkiller904@’

UGA Housing released a statement thanking students for their cooperation.


Fire at Brumby leaves students stranded for hours Ashlyn Webb Staff Writer At approximately 7 p.m. Monday night, the fire alarm in Brumby Residence Hall at the University of Georgia sounded. Students were stranded outside for over three hours after two additional fire alarms sounded. Payton Eason, a freshman psychology major from Villa Rica and resident at Brumby, was worried after hearing the fire alarms were not false. “I thought this was going to be just another false alarm that we have almost weekly at Brumby. Turns out, there’s actually smoke, and the hall is literally on fire,” Ea-

son said during the evacuation. By around 10:50 p.m., students began making their way back to their dorms. University Housing sent a letter to Brumby Hall residents this morning at 8:42 a.m. with a report of the evacuation. The letter said the fire alarms went off due to “a fire in the trash room of Brumby Hall,” causing the sprinkler system to activate. The letter also said no dorms were damaged with smoke or water, and no one was injured as a result of the fire. “Security of residents is our utmost priority,” the email said. “Therefore residents are required to evacuate the building anytime the alarm sounds.”

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Athens-Clarke County police responded to a woman on Feb. 8 in reference to a threatening email. The email was from “,” according to the police report. The email said the sender had been contracted to kill the female recipient and her family but that if the woman paid $10,000, “they would not carry out the contract on her life.” The woman was unable to forward the email and believed it was a scam but said she felt “shocked” at the message. Police advised the woman to save the email and not send any money.   Man

uses heroin in car with son in the back seat

On Feb 12, Athens-Clarke County police responded to the Kroger near Highway 29 N in reference to a man doing heroin in his vehicle. When police arrived, they saw the depicted man “with a syringe in his right hand shooting up into his left hand,” according to the police report. Police also observed “a metal pan” with an unidentified substance in it in the man’s lap.

The man also had a child in the backseat of the vehicle, believed to be the age of 2 or 3 years old. When the man noticed police, he “dropped the syringe on the floor board” and was asked to put his hands where they could be seen. The child was taken inside to his mother, according to the report, while the man was handcuffed. Police then observed a purple cord wrapped around the man’s arm as well as a spoon in the car with a substance on it. The substance tested positive for heroin, according to the report. The man was then placed under arrest for possession of heroin, possession of drug related objects and reckless conduct.  UGA

students’ apartment robbed

On Feb. 12, Athens-Clarke County police responded to a burglary in Towne Club Condominiums in reference to four UGA students. Police responded to one of the four roommates. The student told police she was unable to get her key through the deadbolt on the front door. When the student entered through the apartment’s rear door, she noticed belongings missing upon entry. According to the report, each student’s room “had been rummaged through,” and all the drawers were pulled out. The students reported numerous items taken from their residence. Among the items stolen were four Apple laptops, an iPhone, a Kindle, a camera valued at $300, assorted accessories and over $400 cash. Upon further inspection, police noticed the apartment’s front deadbolt “had a key broken off in it.” They also retrieved fingerprints from a mug containing the stolen cash for further processing, according to the report.



The blue church on the corner St. Mary’s prepares for demolition and remodeling Ashley Soriano Staff Writer From having dinner together every Wednesday night to sustaining a community garden, the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in front of Oglethorpe House has established a tight-knit bond among its members. However, in light of plans to demolish and rebuild the church and add student housing, some church members are concerned about the future of what they’ve built.

Creating a space for community The church, which was built in the 1970s and is not considered historic, has “tremendous disrepair,” Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey said, who focuses on special projects and new initiatives for the diocese and would have to be rebuilt anyway. It is on a privately-owned acre of land and has been privately owned for over 50 years. Because of the need to repair the building, as well as demands from church attendees for a more communal setting, the church submitted plans to tear down and rebuild the chapel to the ACC Planning Commission.

The church submitted plans to demolish the old chapel and replace it with a housing complex. J E N N F I N C H / S TA F F

Father Chris Cole of St. Mary’s at UGA said he was excited to welcome these students, and tenants will not need to be Episcopalian to live there. “For me, it’s a matter of not as much about the space, it’s about the community, helping create and foster that community somewhere for students to come together and grow in their understanding of self and God,” Cole said. The church’s catch phrase is “All are welcome at God’s table,” and this project is one way the church can open its doors to people of other faiths and religions. The Feb. 2 Planning Commission meeting discussed the plans’ public comments on the proposal. Voting on the project will take place at a future meeting, which will be in March, said Brett Nave, the principal architect with Studio BNA Architects, the company

electrical fires and gas leaks, one student who attends the church opposes the project altogether. Zachary Perry, a senior at the University of North Georgia majoring in English from Clarkesville and a regular at St. Mary’s, said there has been “zero effort from the diocese to reach out to the community that already exists.” He found out about the plans through reading online news sources. “I’m fearful...because of the lack of communication, I’m preparing myself for the worst case scenario,” Perry said. Perry, a three -year attendee of the church, has been a part of the already-established community there and said he believes, “the plans submitted to the city are completely contradictory to that type of community.” The community he is accustomed to frequently helps with the nearby garden and prays in the office as a tradition, Perry said. Students and members of the church are not the only ones voicing concerns. Griffin Doyle, UGA vice president for government relations, and Ryan Nesbit, vice president of finance and administration at UGA, voiced what Doyle called their “deep reservations” in a Nov. 30, 2016, letter submitted to the planning commission. “The design of the proposed redevelopment is wholly inconsistent with the character of the surrounding neighborhood,” Doyle and Nesbit said in the letter. One main concern voiced at the planning commission is how the construction will affect traffic. “At the meeting, the chief concern the planning commission expressed is the impact to traffic on Lumpkin [Street] because the project calls for all of it, ingress and egress, onto Lumpkin Street,” said Alice Kinman, chair of the Athens Clarke County Planning Commission. Near the chapel, there is currently heavy traffic from crosswalks, intersections, buses and bikers. The driveway access onto University Court would significantly increase traffic in a very congested area of campus with limited sightlines, Doyle and Nesbit said in the letter. “The increased vehicular traffic resulting from the proposed redevelopment would significantly increase the burden and cost to the University of maintaining its road,” Doyle and Nesbit said. One expectation the university has of the project is that “parking access must be exclusively via Lumpkin Street.” The plans have been drafted to act in accordance with this stipulation. Approved by county, an entrance and exit will be included, with a safety median in the middle of Lumpkin Street, said James C. Warnes, the attorney helping the church with the rezoning process. The median will be there “so that people can’t try to make a left-hand turn out of the right-out only lane and ignore that because there will be a barrier there,” Warnes said. There will also be a pedestrian crosswalk in the area. These measures attempt to ensure the safety of students, which was another major concern the university has. “Any redevelopment that would negatively impact the safety of our students or the burden and cost to the University would result in a retraction of this courtesy [allowing access of the church to University Court],” Doyle and Nesbit said in the letter. Also in question is where students will park. Lowrey said parking will be “the same as it is today,” and students will be able

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has been on Lumpkin Street since the 1970s. J E N N “[The term dormitory] could create confusion as to an affiliation with the University,” Doyle and Nesbit said in the letter.

Beginning stages Other students are optimistic, however. Meriah Grove, a freshman majoring in advertising from Roswell, began attending the church at the beginning of this semester but has been a part of the diocese for seven or eight years. “From all I’ve heard, which has been not a ton, it seems like it could be a really really awesome idea,” Grove said. “A good way to generate revenue for the center, and a way to create space for a lot of really like minded people to come together.”

It’s a matter of not as much about the space, it’s about community. FAT H E R C H R I S C O L E

“I think a redesign just in general is a good idea,” Grove said. However, some students, such as Perry,

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remained concerned. Perry said the plans don’t account for the garden that students have put time into or “the kind of theology that accepts that we are the dominion. Therefore, it’s our job to take care of it. Not just use it however we want.” The garden started last spring “to plant food, and we produced a lot of stuff, and most of it...We couldn’t really eat it all so we gave it away to people,” said Kattie Maddox, a junior majoring in ecology from St. Simons who has attended the church since 2014. “People would just walk up to the garden and take food, which is great.” “That’s another thing we want to incorporate into the new building,” Maddox said. Because this project is still in its beginning stages, some involved did not have much to add on the topic. “The project is coming along very nicely, and we are working closely with ACC Planning Commission and the Episcopal Church to update the design and present to the Planning Commission,” Nave said in an email. “At this time, we are focusing on our collaboration with ACC to get everything ready to submit. We’ll have more to share as the project develops.” The church is still in the rezoning process, from the employment office zone and to a commercial general planned development zone, Warnes said. Lowrey hopes the new church and dorms will be done by 2018.



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Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission will vote on the rezoning in March. J E N N designing the new church. “It’s really up in the air. The church hasn’t decided. It’s called a Master PD, so whatever we turn in, that’s it,” Nave said. “That’s why the diocese is not sure whether they want us to hurry up and do it or whether they want us to chill out.” The new chapel will have dorms, independent of UGA, directly above the church, which can house up to 104 students. The church will hire a local property manager to lease out rooms to students, but that has not been fully discussed yet, Cole said.

Fielding concerns Despite the church’s past issues, such as

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to park where there is already designated parking behind the church, which currently has 75 parking spaces. Another concern the planning commission has is the city’s definition of dorms versus the church’s definition of dorms. “Our definition of dorms in the code right now looks a lot like dorms back in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” Kinman said. The new church will have modern-day amenities, such as kitchens and lounging areas. The definition disparities could affect the process, but Kinman said he does not believe the members of the commission see this as a problem. The university is also concerned about the plans for dorms.


Zionism supports apartheid Osama Mor On behalf of the UGA Progressive Action Coalition and Students for Justice in Palestine The principles of UGA’s Progressive Action Coalition are outlined in their “Points of Unity.” These political positions orient our objectives to resist oppressive forces at UGA and the greater Athens community.

On Feb. 22, 2016, UGA students staged a walk out from an event featuring Israeli soldiers. COURTESY UGA STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PA L E S T I N E

An op-ed published in The Red and Black last week claimed that PAC is excluding Jewish students. This attempts to obfuscate that Israel is an apartheid state that ethnically cleanses and militarily occupies Palestine. The author is the president of Dawgs for Israel, a Zionist organization at UGA which has repeatedly denied the existence of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. The Israeli occupation is recognized by the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and several national governments, including the U.S. PAC opposes Zionism because it is a nationalistic ideology which called for the establishment of a Jewish-majority state in Palestine in which indigenous Palestinians already resided. To ensure its European Jewish demographic majority of Israel, the Zionist leadership ordered the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

The author declared “Israel is inclusion.” Is Israel inclusion when it expelled my grandparents from al-Lydd in 1948? By the end of 1949, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland. Early Zionist leaders made explicit references to population transfer. Even some Jewish people oppose the false definition of Zionism as a liberation movement. Liberation movements do not colonize, occupy and expel other peoples. In 1967, Israel militarily occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, also known as the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In the OPT, Israel continues to establish illegal settlements, annex Palestinian land, demolish Palestinian homes and severely restrict Palestinian movement, actions defined as apartheid by the United Nations. Moreover, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is characterized by the routine killing and mass imprisonment of Palestinians, including children. The author also claims “to stand against Zionism is to stand against indigenous people’s rights,” despite Israel’s long history of subjugating the indigenous Palestinian people. In Israel, more than 50 laws indirectly or directly discriminate against Palestinian citizens based solely on their ethnicity. These laws render Palestinians second- or even third-class citizens in their own homeland. Additionally, about 35 Palestinian villages in Israel, some of which pre-date the establishment of the state, remain unrecognized by the government, receive no services and are not listed on official maps. The government routinely denies these villages running water, electricity, roads, sewer systems and trash removal. To expand Israeli Jewish communities, Israel routinely demolishes villages in the Naqab/Negev Desert. This is apartheid. The only intersectional thing about Zionism is that it is intersectionally oppressive. When Zionists claim Israel does not discriminate based on sexual orientation and religion, we remember that the Israeli occupation does not exempt Palestinian LGBTQ people and Palestinian Christians. PAC will remain steadfast in opposing all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism, and all forms of colonialism, including Zionist settler-colonialism. In doing so, PAC reaffirms its commitment to the Palestinian cause.

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UGA needs a full Arabic department According to the story of the Tower of Bab-el, the world once used a unified language as a powerful tool for accomplishment. However, God eliminated this language and changed the name from Bab-el to babel, meaning confusion. The U.S. remains in a state of babel relative to the Middle East. Clearing this confusion requires increased education on Middle Eastern issues. However, UGA lacks a true Arabic department. The current Arabic program is a component of the Department of Religion. In fact, UGA only began to offer Arabic as an undergraduate major in 2009. UGA must establish and fund an Arabic department as a function of international relations rather than just religion. An Arabic department will prepare graduates to effectively engage across disciplines within government, commerce, defense and non-governmental organizations. The U.S. has acted in the Arab world for many years. We engage in commerce throughout the region. We send aid workers to refugee camps. We act as mediators in cross-border conflicts. We provide defense services to nearly every Middle Eastern state. Despite all of this activity, U.S. citizens still speak English in the homes of foreigners. Therefore, the world views the U.S. as aggressive, arrogant and ignorant. Breaking language barriers will change this perception. The International Relations Department at UGA is robust,

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covering issues from history in diplomatic and military engagement to women’s political participation. Understanding these topics will lay a solid foundation for interacting with international partners. However, personal and professional relationships are more valued when both sides have clearly invested in the language of another’s home country. The U.S. emphasis placed on Arabic fluency is not being matched by the output of Arabic speakers. UGA must increase funding to support the establishment of an Arabic department. As it stands there are only five Arabic professors at UGA, and not all of them are full time. With so few instructors, only a handful of classes are offered, and a limited number of students have the opportunity to learn the language. Introducing funding will balance the supply and demand. It will attract more Arabic professors and increase the access to resources, allowing more students to take Arabic classes. An Arabic department will strengthen UGA’s effectiveness in equipping students with the tools to enter the international arena, promote U.S. foreign policy and develop sustainable relationships with overseas governments. Language is not simply a means of verbally communicating. It is a door to understanding culture and the thought process of societies. Producing more Arabic speakers will help transition us out of a state of babel in the Middle East. Sarah Hedges graduated from UGA in 2015 with a degree in international affairs and Arabic.

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Do not pass the unpopular campus carry bill Rachel Grace and Lexi Nickens Staff Writer | Opinion Editor In 2016, Governor Deal vetoed a controversial piece of “campus carry” legislation that would have legalized the possession of firearms on state public colleges and institutions. However, in recent months, state representatives have revived this unpopular bill. Despite strong opposi-

UGA students protested the campus carry bill when first introduced to the Georgia legislature. LANDON T R U S T / S TA F F

tion among their constituents, our state government may still pass the campus carry bill for political reasons. When the bill was first introduced, an AJC poll revealed that only 20 percent of Georgia voters supported the right to bear arms on educational institutions, and 71 percent of all Republicans in the state opposed the bill. The strong opposition prompted The Red and Black’s editorial board to express their disapproval of the first campus carry bill. The editorial cited a poll conducted

by The Red and Black that found 62 percent of UGA students oppose the bill. Further, UGA President Jere Morehead spoke out against the bill. Georgians from all walks of life continue to take issue with the reintroduced campus carry bill. More recently, a more recent AJC poll found a majority of voters do not want legislators to reintroduce the poll. “We are a bunch of anxious, on-edge 20-something year old college kids. Throwing concealed weapons into the mix does not sound safe,” said Amelia Lanai, a second-year economics major. With such little support for the legislation, it is odd that it would resurface. There may be political reasons behind the bill’s reintroduction. Deal has pushed to get his Opportunity School District proposal passed. In light of his veto of campus carry, many Georgia representatives allegedly retracted support for OSD. In order to regain support for OSD, Deal may be more willing to pass the campus carry bill. Deal rejected the bill because it did not exempt on-campus child care facilities, faculty or administrative office space and disciplinary meetings. The new bill remains nearly the same but exempts child care facilities. However, the real issue is how the people feel about the bill. The people of Georgia elected our representatives to listen to our opinions and govern accordingly. Deal should listen to the people of Georgia and once again veto the bill. Instead, his office states they will wait to see what kind of legislation is presented. Georgia constituents have spoken. We do not support the campus carry bill. Yet, instead of listening to us, our representatives continue to play a political game to push their own agendas. If you feel strongly about keeping firearms off UGA’s campus, reach out to our state representative and make your voice heard. Rachel Grace is a junior from Johns Creek majoring in journalism, and Lexi Nickens is a sophomore from Alpharetta majoring in MIS and religion.



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Valerie Babb (top left), Destin Mizelle (top right), Stephanie Toliver (bottom left) and Anna Golding (bottom right) share their experiences. A U S T I N STEELE/ S TA F F

‘Black history is American history’ Danny McArthur Senior Staff Writer Since 1976, Black History Month has been recognized in February across the U.S. The month is meant to celebrate noted figures, culture and stories in the black community, from the past to the present. Students, university faculty members and organization leaders weigh edin on what Black History Month means to them, their experiences with the month and how it should change going forward.

From a professor:

Valerie Babb is a Franklin professor of English, and is the director for the Institute for African American Studies. Babb said she believes real progress will be achieved when information about black history programs consistently rather than within the boundaries of a single month.

Can you tell me about Black History Month in your own words? If you ask me as a teacher, my response tends to be that I find Black History Month inadequate because what goes on there should go on the 11 other months of the year as well. Black history is so intricately tied to American history that you can’t accurately talk about one without talking about the other. So for me, it’s much more than just a series of events or focusing on a particular issue or concern in the month of February. It should be about finding ways to integrate black history—or I should say recognizing ways black history is American history.

Community members share thoughts on Black History Month Why do you think the general mindset ‘This is the month we focus on black people’ exists? There’s still this presumption in the United States that the ‘true American’ identity is a white American identity. That identity can then be very generous and acknowledge and support a women’s history month, or a Latino history month, or a Black History Month without fundamentally saying we are the only identity.

From students:

Stephanie Toliver is a first year doctoral student in language and literature education from New Castle, Pennsylvania. Toliver attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a historically black college, and said she noticed the difference in the celebration here versus when she was in undergrad. Toliver said at Florida A&M, celebration was year-long, so there was no need to create extra events. Here, she said she noticed the shift to try to come up with events for Black History Month.

Can you tell me about your experience as a black person at UGA? I went to Florida A&M for undergrad, and I went to Florida State for grad school, so I’ve been at a semi-predominantly white institution (PWI) before this one. But I will say this is the most PWI I’ve been in or around. I have experi-

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enced... microaggressions. Like when you walk into a room, and people ask you what you research, and I tell them I do science fiction, fantasy and education and [they’ll say] “Black girls read that?” I will say that my department has made me feel really comfortable. I told one of my friends the other day that I feel like in this program I can be myself unapologetically. Anna Golding, a sophomore business marketing major from Griffin, said she was unaware of the issues surrounding racism until a personal experience in high school. After she began dating a black man, Golding said her friend group ostracized her and made her aware of her conservative town. She then began to notice how rarely Black History Month was talked about in a positive light at her school. However, she found UGA to be more diverse and accepting.

Can you tell me if you think Black History Month is necessary, and why or why not? I think it’s necessary and that it kind of gives African Americans that reassurance to know that they are as extraordinary as anybody else. It shows that not just the fact that they have a month—it’s the fact that they’re being recognized for all of the sacrifices, all the struggle, every tear that was shed, every life that was lost based upon solely

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Destin Mizelle, the social justice chair for Black Affairs Council, came from a majority black high school. Despite being a minority here, he said he felt he was able to thrive and feel comfortable. BAC hosted a Unity Ball earlier this month and has had other programs planned, such as a black history trivia event on Feb. 13.

Do you think Black History Month looks different here at UGA than at other schools? Oh, I’m sure. They go all out, and I do feel like UGA goes all out within its lane. I would say I don’t think anyone, any PWI, is doing it like UGA is doing it. This is primarily because BUGA—or rather, black UGA—is such a tight-knit community as to where they won’t accept anything less than a nice Black History Month.

Are there some aspects of it that you wish were better? I wish it was genuinely cared about because a lot of people may be doing stuff for the formality, “Oh it’s Black History Month so let me do this.” But let’s see who’s doing it because they really care about educating, because they really care about the culture, they care about the month. It’s so important...let’s do it because we really care, we really want to make a change and make people comfortable within the campus of make the world a better place.




Weekend Preview

UGA Miracle will have its 24-hour dance marathon Feb. 18-19.

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Music Notes THURSDAY, FEB. 16

Drive-By Truckers

The 40 Watt Club will be hosting southern-inspired songwriter Thayer Sarrano on Thursday night. Following this will be Athens-based Southern rock and alt- country band Drive-By Truckers, returning to the Classic City as part of their annual homecoming series. Tickets are $31, and doors open at 8 p.m.


Double Ferrari

The Caledonia Lounge will host the rock ’n’ roll duo Crunchy before transitioning to a performance by “grind and metal” group Malevich, a band pulling talent from Athens and Atlanta for a diverse rock sound. Following this will be the high-energy group Oak House Band and then the Athens-based instrumental-rock group Double Ferrari. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $7–9.

The Dirty Doors

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ first album, tribute band The Dirty Doors will give a nostalgia-filled performance of clas-

sic songs such as “Light My Fire” and “Break On Through” on Friday night at The Foundry. Tickets are $5, and music starts at 8 p.m.


Penny & Sparrow

Corey Kilgannon, an acoustically-driven singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, will be playing the first set at The Foundry on Saturday night. Following this will be headlining duo Penny & Sparrow, bringing indie sounds steeped in folk and country. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Music starts at 8 p.m.


Psychic Twin will kick off Saturday night at Live Wire Athens, bringing electro-pop described as romantic, mysterious and dreamlike. Headlining the night is Brooklyn-based STRFKR, an American indie-rock band that dabbles in electronica. Music starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $17–20.

Music Notes are compiled by Holly Roberts

Penny & Sparrow will play at The Foundry Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Event Listings THURSDAY, FEB. 16 THE INNOCENTS What: Ensemble Bent Frequency will team up with special guests Allen Otte and John Lane for a performance of Lane and Otte’s work “The Innocents.” The performance will be followed by Bent Frequency’s showcase of Frederic Rzewski’s works “Coming Together” and “Attica.” The evening will have a special focus on social justice and civil rights. When: 6 p.m. Where: Georgia Museum of Art Price: Free

GMOA STUDENT NIGHT What: The Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art is putting on a night of music, food and activities with a special focus on current exhibitions at the museum. When: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Where: Georgia Museum of Art Price: Free

#ONEUGA CHAT What: Hosted by University Housing and Multicultural Services and Programs, this chat is aimed to feature discussions on black history. Free t-shirts will be provided to the first 30 students to attend the chat. When: 6–7 p.m. Where: TV lounge in Creswell Price: Free

FRIDAY, FEB. 17 BASEBALL VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON What: Georgia baseball will open its 2017 season at Foley Field against the College of Charleston. The series will continue through the weekend. When: 5 p.m. Where: Foley Field Price: Free with a student ID

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: TREE TRAIL RAMBLE What: This year, the State Botanical Gardens and Berkeley Boone are putting on the Tree Trail Ramble to learn about the trees in the area. When: 2–3 p.m. Where: Shade Garden Arbor at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia Price: Free

WINE TASTING AT THE GLOBE What: Attendees have the chance to taste and sample five different Spanish wines at a tasting bar during this evening of socializing at the downtown establishment. When: 7 p.m. Where: The Globe Price: $10

SATURDAY, FEB. 18 CONCERT: MAREN MORRIS What: Fresh off her Grammy-winning

night on Sunday, Maren Morris is headed to Athens for a performance of all her recent hits. When: 9 p.m. Where: Georgia Theatre Price: $15–20

MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. KENTUCKY What: The Georgia men’s basketball team will play Kentucky at home. When: 6 p.m. Where: Stegeman Coliseum Price: Free with student ID

SUNDAY, FEB. 19 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. LSU What: The Georgia women’s basketball team will host their Southeastern Conference rival, LSU, at home in Stegeman Coliseum. When: 2 p.m. Where: Stegeman Coliseum Price: Free

BIKEATHENS SEMINAR What: A panel of biker enthusiasts share stories of bike traveling, cross-country adventure and obstacles. When: 4:30–6 p.m. Where: BikeAthens at 1075 W. Broad St. Price: Free Compiled by Calendar Editor Tori McElhaney 


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The Globe will host a wine tasting Friday, Feb. 17.


‘For the kids’ UGA Miracle supports hospitalized children and their families with dance marathon Jaime Conlan Staff Writer A 24 hour dance marathon sounds exhausting, but when you throw in a slew of fun events and a good cause it becomes so much more to some students. The University of Georgia’s largest student-led philanthropy, Miracle, will host its last big event of the year inside Tate Center Grand Hall in support of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The dance-centric event will also include food, activities and fundraising. “This year we are expecting close to 3,000 people,” said Caroline Brown, the marketing director for UGA Miracle. “There will also be all kinds of campus representation.” Brown said they are expecting hypnotists, step teams, local radio stations, football players and bouncy houses at the event this weekend. Many UGA Miracle members will also participate in activities to show their support and ensure the night is a success. “I’m doing the standing challenge, which is essentially you just stand for 24 hours. Your purpose in doing it is to stand for families in support of those who can’t stand,” said Davis Orr, a member of the UGA Miracle family-relations committee. “One of the families came by last year and said ‘Thank you so much for standing, because my kids can’t.’” UGA Miracle raises money to support patient families and their children, and many relatives of patients will be in attendance at Dance Marathon. The patient families are connected with students in UGA Miracle so they can build a meaningful connection and have fun together. “We try to build that relationship as much as we can so that by the time Dance Marathon rolls around we know them really well,” Orr said. “We can have an impact on their lives, and honestly they have just as much as an impact on ours.” UGA Miracle members will get to spend time with their patient families and show them around to make them feel at home throughout the whole event. In addition, families will have to share their stories with everyone in attendance. Later, Miracle will give out additional awards to honor some of the families and children. “We will hear from anyone who has had a child suffering from cancer all the way to cystic fibrosis and many other diagnoses,” Brown said. “We just want to celebrate them for being with us and also honor those who have passed away.” The awards are designed in honor of those who have passed away. There is the Ricky James Spirit Award in

honor of James who had muscle cancer. The award is given to anyone who embodies James’ spirit. Another award, the Mary Elizabeth Hopkins and Abe Hopkins Joyous award, honors the Hopkins children. A new award will be coming this year. The “Miracle Moment” represents the one moment where members of UGA Miracle realized why they were on their mission. For Orr, it happened with his family friend Ayden Hopper, a four-year-old with Down syndrome. “We were at a picnic and he was running around doing his own thing. Toward the end he came over to me, grabbed the edge of my shirt and looked up at me,” Orr said. “Then

One of the families came by last year and said ‘Thank you so much for standing, because my kids can’t.’ DAVIS ORR, MEMBER OF UGA MIRACLE COMMITTEE

he ran away and just looked back to make sure I was chasing him. It was that moment that I realized this is it; this is why I’m doing it.” Hopper and Orr will both be partaking in all of the events that Dance Marathon has to offer. There will be various themed hours where people can dress up including an hour designated to honoring UGA Miracle alumni. UGA Miracle will host a rave early in the morning to raise people’s spirits and even a silent disco at one part of the night. “Dance marathon without a doubt is one of the most magical weekends of the year,” said Kaci Pollack, the assistant chair on the public relations committee for Miracle. “People are excited about making real, tangible change.” UGA Miracle is able to make such a change due to their fundraising activities throughout the year in addition to directly serving 70 families. They have put on events such as the Donut Dare 5k and the Tour of Homes to raise money and support for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. UGA Miracle’s biggest fundraiser is a day in November known

as 100 Dollar Day. “We found that when you put urgency on something, people are more likely to respond,” Pollack said. On 100 Dollar Day, members of Miracle were asked to raise $100 in just one 24-hour period. The leadership team, which Pollack was a part of, was asked to raise $1,000. Most members were able to hit the goal and even surpass it. “We had a rave the night before on Broad Street to pump people up,” Brown said. “We ended up raising over $265,000 just in those 24 hours.” At Dance Marathon, there will also be more in-event fundraising to meet their goal of $1.4 million which is a 40 percent increase from 2016. The total money raised will be revealed in Sanford Stadium the next day. “What’s really special about that number is the 0.4 part of it. It’s in honor of the number of kids that we serve who are cancer patients,” Brown said. “Only four percent of federal funding for cancer research is allotted to pediatric cancers. We wanted to focus on that and shine light on that.” Of the money donated, $1 million goes to the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit in the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year, every dollar over $1 million goes to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “It is a kind of daunting number to be intimidated by,” Brown said. “But we watch our kids fight so hard in the hospitals, and we want to afford that same fight back for them.” Dance Marathon is expected to bring in large crowds and new opportunities to help the children and their families. “For 24-hours straight, I am surrounded by the most passionate, the most driven, the most hard-working people who are not afraid to say, ‘Okay, we can change the world if we try hard enough,’” Pollack said. Whether the reason for participating is to be a part of something bigger, a chance to let loose and be silly for a good cause with friends or a personal experience hitting close to home, thousands of people will be there benefiting the same cause. The 24-hour event begins on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. and ends Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending can register in-person the day of the event, or they can register online in advance for a discounted price. The registration fee online is $20 for dancers and $30 for alumni. Anyone is welcome to join. “It’s not just about the numbers. We all raise money, but it’s not about that,” Orr said. “It’s about the moment and those kids. It’s all for the kids.”


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The Starbucks on the third floor of the Tate Student Center opened in fall of 2016. L A N D O N

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The convenience factor Susan Van Gigch, the associate director of retail operations for Dining Services, said there’s also another group benefiting from the deal—students. “We surveyed all the students, faculty and staff and asked a wide variety of questions,” Van Gigch said. “Without a doubt, Starbucks was the number one requested concept.” The student body seems to agree. Both Grant and Van Gigch pointed to steadily rising revenue at Starbucks, and Van Gigch said Caribou had, “exceeded expectations.” The store runs on the dining services system, so students can use Paw Points for coffee. “I have Paw Points, and I also love [Starbucks], so it kind of goes together,” said Elizabeth Qardan, a junior psychology major from Cumming.

The other side The new shops may have been a popular choice, but not everyone is happy with how things were done. Caribou was built into the Science Learning Center, but Starbucks replaced a long-standing dance studio that was important to many students. Grace Ho is an executive board member for the Prelude dance ensemble, which used that studio for regular rehearsals. She said they first heard about the new Starbucks when they were told they would no longer be able to reserve that space for spring of 2016.

Ho said this development was especially frustrating because the studio was closed when work hadn’t even started yet. “Over that entire semester, no construction took place,” Ho said. Van Gigch said at that point they were still working out the final legal details with Starbucks. The project did not begin in earnest until September. “For the most part we’ve made it work,” Ho said. “I can’t even imagine what other dance groups had to do...for the longest time we weren’t able to tell our members this is where we’re going to be.” Ho said she understood “certain decisions had to be made,” and she was glad to see more job opportunities for students, but it was still a shock. “We’ve been practicing there since 2009, every fall, every spring, so we were used to the space, that’s why it was kind of unfortunate at the last minute just being booted out,” Ho said. Frances Newton is the general manager for WUOG, Starbucks’ new neighbor, and she lamented the loss of an artistic space. “This whole space has changed a lot, it was a dance studio, which kind of blends well with us because they’re two creative elements, and now that’s replaced by Starbucks,” Newton said. “It’s not a business that breathes creativity.” Still, she said it’s actually been a good thing in other ways. “It’s nice having new people coming in because of [Starbucks],” Newton said.

Success is in the name

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Van Gigch said name recognition is one of the characteristics that makes recognizable companies successful on campus. “It’s prevalent. It’s everywhere…it’s the same everywhere you go,” said Max Grant, the manager of the Starbucks in the Tate Student Center. “When we go through our training one thing that Starbucks hits home for us, and a big reason why I think they’re successful, is everything is the same.” According to their contracts, both Caribou and Starbucks are licensed to the university. Except for a few small fees, 8 percent for Starbucks and 6.5 percent for Caribou, the university gets all the revenue. This means that the university takes more than 90 percent of what students spend at both stores on campus. UGA’s profit is less than 90 percent since they bear the full operating costs, but the university is still pleased with how things are going with the new coffee shops.

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“Before the hiring freeze, there were hundreds [of jobs], and most of those positions would have 60 locations and up to five vacancies,” Craven said. “That’s a lot of jobs.” Craven’s confusion only continued when a later memo from OMB listed the exceptions to the hiring freeze. According to the list, one of the exceptions is “appointment of seasonal employees and short-term temporary employees,” which are subject to approval. Since his position is a seasonal position, Craven said he assumed his job is safe, but is waiting for confirmation. Kitchings, on the other hand, hasn’t heard anything since the executive order went into effect. “I’m just waiting to hopefully get a response back first, and maybe I’ll get a response saying, ‘Because of the hiring freeze, we’re not able to take interns,’” he said. At this point, advisors at UGA don’t know much more than students. Tony Waller, an adviser for public interest and government employment at the UGA Law School, wrote an announcement in the school’s weekly newsletter about the freeze. “I have talked with students...their worry stems from the fact that they thought they were going to be [a federal employee], even if it meant a longer search because this is what they want to do with their lives,” Waller said. “The uncertainty that has been created makes it harder for them.” Regardless, UGA advisers aren’t

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Connor Kitchings applied to the Federal Reserve in December. A U S T I N discouraging students from looking for federal jobs but remain cautious. “We don’t know exactly how it’s going to affect our students with upcoming internships,” said Aaron Redman, the MPA Career Services and Recruitment coordinator for the Department of Public Administration and Policy in SPIA. “It’s not looking good, to be honest with you.”

A blessing in disguise Though the freeze seems like a step toward less federal hiring, Waller said it may be beneficial to students looking for entry-level positions. “Long term, if a true plan comes out of this, then I think for current thirdyears and second-years, and maybe even first-years,” Waller said. Still, with fewer people working for federal agencies, Anastasopoulos said the agencies will have to adapt or cut some of their services. “Instead of [federal agencies] putting money toward hiring these individuals, they might put it toward other things,” Anastasopoulos said. “It might have an unintended side effect of making the agencies run more efficiently.” Even if the agencies begin to run

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more efficiently, Redman said it’s hurting the morale of federal employees. “I have heard from other folks, alumni who do work in the public service, that they feel devalued with the order that’s come down,” Redman said. But for Kitchings and Craven, working for the federal government is what they want to do in life. “I’m a political junkie, so I’m trying to go into something that interests me a little more than for money reasons,” Kitchings said. “The federal government, it’s a little more prestige, I think ­—a little bit more power.” Craven said the executive order hasn’t dissuaded his goal to work for the federal government. “I’m flexible. If I have to go [into] private [forestry], I’m not going to be mad, but I want to get out of Georgia,” he said. “My best option for that is to go federal.” But for the time being, Kitchings remains unsure about whether he’ll be working with the federal government this summer. He said he is also looking at state internships, as well as backup. “[I’m] not putting all my eggs in the federal basket,” he said.



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‘Family first’

Softball players Sydni and Cortni Emanuel play one final season together Michael Hebert Staff Writer Sydni and Cortni Emanuel were 7 and 6 years old, respectively, and had just spent a long day playing several games in a little league softball tournament in Missouri City, Texas. When it was over, it was time to unwind. Bert Emanuel, their father, knew his house was the spot for the post-game sleepovers. As all the parents packed their kids in their cars, he and his wife Teri prepared to host plenty of happy and hungry young girls who had no shortage of energy. Most weekends were pretty similar to this night at the Emanuel house. Despite having three kids of their own to take care of, the parents were always happy to accommodate and extend kindness to all of their children’s friends. It wasn’t much different in the household when it was just their own kids. Family time was important, and everyone had to sit down for dinner at the same time, talk about their days and enjoy each other’s time. “We are a very open family,” Sydni said. “I always enjoyed sitting at the table and just laughing.” Now, Sydni and Cortni are leaders of Georgia’s 2017 softball team. They both bat at the top of the order, live together and rarely are apart. Sydni, a senior, will have one last season as a Bulldog and one last time playing with her sister and best friend Cortni. Although Sydni and Cortni won’t play with each other anymore after this sea-

son, it doesn’t matter. Coming from a family who values “family first” before anything else, their bond will always bring them back together.

Early Days Sydni and Cortni had different starts to their careers. When Sydni started playing softball, she could barely step up to bat or step on the field without crying. “I was scared to death,” Sydni said. She would eventually get over her fear, and when it came time that her little league all-star team was announced, she noticed something disappointing. At the age of seven, Sydni did not earn

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a spot on the team, even though she thought she worked hard and deserved it. After some talks between coaches, the head coach of the team decided Sydni could come out and be a part of the team. However, she wasn’t promised any playing time. Sydni said she looked at this opportunity at first with disgust, as she never

wanted to be a reserve on the team, but she wanted to earn the right to be on the team and compete. Then, something changed. She turned her feelings of disgust and rejection into motivation. That motivation propelled her to a new opportunity when she got her first at-bat in a tournament later on in the season. She stepped up to the plate, eyed down the pitcher and ripped a fast one all the way down the right-field line. She ran all the way around the bases and scored an inside-the-park home run. “At that point, I knew that with Sydni, we were going to have something special.” Bert said. Cortni’s path to a softball career took a different course. She has always had incredible speed. At times, what she lacked in other areas of her game, she made up for with her speed. “I would never throw the ball [when I was younger],” Cortni said. “I would chase everybody down because I was fast.” One example of this came early in her career when she was playing second base in a little league game. A ball was hit to right field. Cortni ran from second base all the way past the right fielder, picked the ball up and ran the runner down at third base. “I remember sitting there and just being like ‘Wow,’” Bert said. “All of the coaches were just like, ‘Oh my God, she’s only six.’”  S E E E M A N U E L PAG E A 1 1

Superstitions help O’Mara stay undefeated Lauren D’Ambra Contributor As a cold breeze rolled through the Georgia Equestrian Complex, Meg O’Mara hoisted herself into Roman’s saddle. Roman, a towering English-style horse, trotted around the perimeter of the ring until O’Mara steered him back to the top of the competition area. A hush fell over the crowd as “He Mele No Lilo,” the opening track in “Lilo & Stitch,” filled the complex. This is the song O’Mara chooses to ride to in every Equitation on the Flat event at home. O’Mara sat tall within the saddle and maintained a focused expression as she guided Roman through a series of turns at varying speeds. With a closer look, one could make out O’Mara lip-syncing to the Hawaiian lyrics. “I sing along while I’m in the ring,” O’Mara joked as she discussed the career high score her performance received. “Even though it’s not in English.”

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On Feb. 3, O’Mara earned a personal best score of 95 in Equitation on the Flat in Georgia’s meet against South Carolina. She repeated the performance the following day against Delaware State. So far this season, the senior Hunt Seat rider currently holds a perfect 11-0 record in Equitation on the Flat and won consecutive Southeastern Conference Rider of the Month honors in October and November of 2016. Although O’Mara already crossed off earning rider of the month honors from her list of personal goals, she still holds high expectations for the remainder of the season. “First team All-American is definitely my goal and hopefully to remain undefeated,” O’Mara said. “But it’s definitely not just about the points. It’s more about my riding and getting prepared for nationals.” In her time with Georgia equestrian, O’Mara has earned seventeen Most Outstanding Performance honors, was named SEC Rider of the Year in Equitation Over Fences in 2016 and rode to a national championship victory as a freshman in 2014. “She is a fierce competitor,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “Every time [O’Mara] comes out here, she’s a perfectionist. She’s always striving to improve. She finds even the most minute details very, very important.” As she rides, O’Mara leads the horse with the steadiness of her hands. Her confidence in the ring developed from many years of experience and many more hours of practice. But O’Mara claims luck has a little something to do with her success, too. “I’m the most superstitious person you can meet,” O’Mara said.  S E E O ’ M A R A PAG E A 1 1

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In his freshman year in 2016, Micheal Curry led Georgia baseball with 11 home runs.

In Georgia women’s golf’s first tournament of the 2017 season in Puerto Rico, the Bulldogs placed fifth. Georgia was the defending champions at the tournament. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior Harang Lee, who finished the tournament tied for 12th with a 3-over 219. Lee’s final day of the tournament was also her last, as she shot a 71 on Tuesday. Two other Bulldogs finished in the top 25 along with Lee. Sophomore Bailey Tardy finished in a tie for 18th with a 5-over 221, and sophomore Jillian Hollis tied for 24th with a 7-over 223. Other Bulldog finishers include a tie for 38th place from sophomore Rinko Mitsunaga, a tie for 56th from senior Mary Ellen Shuman and a 68th place finish from senior Sammi Lee. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 20-over 884 for the tournament. This score placed Georgia seven shots behind the 13-over 877 put up by tournament champion North Carolina State. — Jed May, Assistant Sports Editor

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Catching up with Curry Catcher Michael Curry slated to lead Georgia baseball in sophomore season John Durham Senior Staff Writer Michael Curry wasn’t expected to lead a Division I baseball team in home runs his freshman season, but he did. Curry powered the Georgia baseball team with 11 home runs. The last player to hit double digit homers for the Bulldogs was Zach Cone in 2010. This season, Curry is expected to lead the Bulldogs in home runs. At least, he’s got as good a shot as any. But Curry isn’t concerned with looking at the back of his baseball card at season’s end. He’s got more important things on his mind. “I try not to set any personal goals,” Curry said. “My goal is to win.” Curry will have the chance to be the go-to guy all season long. He’s likely going to be the team’s starting catcher throughout the year barring injury. Head coach Scott Stricklin said he expects to have Curry to “most likely be in that [batting] order every single day.” He is also one of the team’s captains. If opponents and fans didn’t see Curry coming last year, they’ll certainly see him coming this year. With five days left until the season begins at Foley Field, Curry said he recognizes what he has to do as just a second year

catcher. In fact, he’s looking forward to it. “You’re the guy, you’re the one people look to on the field,” Curry said. “I know being a returning sophomore with all the experience that I got last year that kind of makes me feel more comfortable. It feels good to be that guy.” The added pressure of being a leader with a pitching staff that features more than 10 underclassmen might be too much for a sophomore. But Stricklin does not see it being a problem for Curry, so long as he doesn’t try to do too much in his role. “Michael is a perfectionist, and he wants to do everything the right way,” Stricklin said. “He’s hard on himself.” If there is any knock on Curry’s game it’s how he throws the ball back to pitchers following the umpire’s call. After he catches it, Curry will double clutch then flick his right wrist and toss the ball back to the pitcher on a lob. But nobody has ever used Curry’s unorthodox toss against the Bulldogs. “There’s only one time last year that anyone tried to take advantage of it, and they never scored a run that inning when it happened,” Curry said. “It doesn’t really affect the game.” It’s not really bothering Curry either. He’s focused more on what he’s catching than what he’s throwing back. “I’ve still been working on it,” Curry said. “It’s a day-by-day

process. It will take care of itself. That goes by worrying more about my pitchers than myself.” Stricklin said Curry has tried “just about everything” to fix this issue. Stricklin even thinks it’s something that he’s worried about too much. “That’s what we’re trying to let Michael know, it’s not that big of a deal,” Stricklin said. “He makes it a bigger deal than it really is. He works on it every day, and he grinds it. If he’s not our hardest worker, he’s right there at the top.” Curry makes sure he takes the time to talk with every pitcher “for a good 10 minutes” to develop a rhythm. There’s also framing pitches that a catcher can wind up turning a ball into a strike. It’s something Stricklin keeps an eye on as well throughout Curry’s career. “It could always be better, that’s the thing,” Stricklin said. “When he’s an All-Star in the big leagues, then we can kind of take a breath. That’s his goal. He wants to be a big-leaguer. Sure, he’s got some work to do just like everybody else.” Junior Will Campbell, a transfer from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, is “100 percent” sure Curry can step up and be a leader as a sophomore. “He knows exactly what to do,” Campbell said. “He knows the right time to say something. I think that’s great for someone who’s 19 years old.”



William Poole III was selected to be an Under Armour All-American. COURTESY D. GUERRA

Hometown: Atlanta High School: Hapeville Charter, Union City Vital Stats: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, 4.56 40-yard dash High School Highlights: As a captain, Poole helped lead

Hapeville’s team to a 10-4 overall record. On defense, he played both safety and cornerback. Expert Commentary: “He’s NFL built already,” Hapeville Charter head coach Winston Gordon said. “I think he’ll be a cornerstone of what happens at Georgia next year.” Worth Noting: Away from football, Poole enjoys graphic design. Recruits often post edited graphics of themselves to Twitter, and Gordon said Poole often makes them. “Will does a lot of it,” Gordon said.

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Emanuel: Softball sisters prepare for what comes next  F RO M PAG E A 9

Laying down the foundation Early success in their careers made the Emanuel sisters hot commodities for several high school teams in the Houston area. In Missouri City, the two were zoned to Ridge Point High School, but the school was still in process of being built. This forced Sydni to start her high school career at Elkins High School, where she began playing under head coach James McClanahan. Once Ridge Point was built, Sydni, along with her sister, enrolled at the school. Both sisters were huge contributors to the team, and they helped Ridge Point start a tradition of taking the team deep into the state playoffs on a consistent basis. “They both were some of the stronger personalities and players we had,” McClanahan said. “They laid the foundation at Ridge Point, which included the importance of the team and its success.” High school was a time that really strengthened the sisters’ relationship. They rode together to school and practice, were always seen together in the halls and even helped out their mother by transporting their other siblings around. Although they were different individuals, they shared a chemistry that was seen in their everyday lives. “When you saw one, you always saw the other,” McClanahan said.

A decision led from prayer Being a year apart, Sydni and Cortni had to separate for the first time since little league,

when Sydni graduated and committed to play at Texas Tech University. Wanting to play alongside her sister, Cortni decided to commit to the school as well. “I thought they were almost a package deal, but I like to call it a package lottery,” McClanahan said. “Whoever got one of them was going to get two great players.” Although Sydni enjoyed her time at Texas Tech, after her freshman year, she opted for a change of scenery. Despite the fact the Emanuel family originally lived in Atlanta, Georgia wasn’t always the first choice. In fact, Sydni had many offers from several schools in the Southeastern Conference and really struggled to make a decision. After some deliberation, Sydni made the decision to transfer to Georgia. “It was a decision led by prayer,” said Teri Emanuel, their mother. “It was prayed about that God give us the direction, and Georgia was the spot I truly believe God sent them.” On the other hand, when it came time for Cortni to graduate, she felt extremely scared because she had no idea where she wanted to go. After talking with her sister, who reassured her that everything was going to work out, Cortni decided to change her commitment and join her sister in Athens. “I thought, ‘Well, if I have Sydni, then I’ll have my sister, and I’ll have somebody there for me regardless of where I go.’”

Family first Teri grew up in a family that was extremely close. She always told herself when she has

Last season, Cortni Emanuel posted a 23-game hit streak. C O U R T E S Y


In 2016, Sydni Emanuel ranked second in the SEC in batting average. C O U R T E S Y a family, she wanted to extend the same values she learned from her childhood and ensure her own family is really close, too. “I always taught that you extend that grace and kindness that you get from your own family to every one else outside also,” Teri said. Bert, on the other hand, did not have the same kind of childhood experience, as he and his siblings were several years apart. One thing he had to get used to was the family meals, known as “family time,” by his wife Teri. “For the first couple of years, it kind of irritated me because I just need to eat, and I don’t want to wait on everybody,” Bert said. “I got used to it, and hopefully that’s something that will carry over to our kids and their kids later on.” On the field, Sydni and Cortni take those family values ingrained in them by their parents and apply it to their interactions with the team. As a newcomer on the Georgia softball team, Kendall Burton has to develop relationships with the many different players and personalities on the team to further develop chemistry. Two players Burton will have no trouble getting to know are the Emanuel sisters. Burton grew up with the two of them and played at Ridge Point. “Their whole family is a giant ball of love,” Burton said. “It’s such a beautiful thing to watch from the outside.” Georgia head coach Lu-Harris Champer will be coaching both of the sisters for the third year in a row. She has watched them grow into not only athletes, but also the people they are now.


“[Sydni and Cortni] lead by example, and that comes from their family,” Harris-Champer said. “They even brought their values to the team. It’s always ‘family first.’”

Mama Syd’s last season Sydni, to many, is seen as a caretaker. This role has earned her the moniker of “Mama Syd” by the softball team, and those who are close with Sydni see this on an everyday basis. “Whenever we need something, we always go to Sydni,” said Bridgette Coleman, who is a roommate of both sisters. “When Cortni was in a boot rehabbing her ankle, Sydni was a great puzzle piece to that situation because she helped out so much.” Neither Sydni or Cortni have really given much thought about the fact it is Sydni’s last season, as their focus has been on the competition. While Sydni will likely head on to her next goal of being a professional softball player, Cortni will have a chance to lead on her own. “You know, they call them the Emanuel sisters, but if they were at two different schools, they could be the star players on their teams,” Teri said. Being without her sister will be a sad moment for Cortni. There’s no telling if the two will possibly have another chance to play again. Sydni graduating will be another piece of the Emanuel sister’s journey, another chapter to add to the story of their relationship. “They are truly sisters, they love each other, they fight like sisters,” Teri said. “However, they will always be the first ones there for each other.”

O’Mara: Equestrian rider describes her good-luck rituals  F RO M PAG E A 9

She laughed as she went into detail about her meticulous show day ritual. The car ride to the meet she has to make alone. The specific playlist she listens to as she drives. The muffin and egg breakfast she eats every competition day. The pinch from the assistant Hunt Seat coach Alexandra O’Toole she must receive before entering the ring. Her superstitions began as a young rider, but they have evolved and multiplied over the years. Numerous pairs of socks, pennies and belts have all been deemed “lucky” by O’Mara. “Always. She’s always been superstitious,” her father Thomas O’Mara said. “We don’t even know half of her superstitions because they’re so superstitious, she’s got to keep them to herself.” He recalled an incident when O’Mara was younger. She forgot her belt on the way to a show, so they picked up a cheap belt at Target. After winning the meet, she continued to wear the Target belt for every competition despite the tradition of riders wearing decorative, expensive belts at a show. And when the belt broke, she insisted on replacing it with the exact same Target belt. “It was the least fancy belt of anyone in that ring, but she had to keep wearing it,” Thomas said. O’Mara grew up in Rumson, New Jersey, with two older sisters and one younger brother. All of her siblings ride. O’Mara’s love of horses developed from watching her oldest sister Casey’s riding lessons. Her father said she would constantly ask for her own “pony lessons,” as she deemed them back then. Finally, O’Mara got her own lessons and was hooked from the start.

Senior Meg O’Mara currently holds an undefeated record of 11-0 in the Equitation on the Flat event. C O U R T E S Y U G A S P O R T S C O M M “She’s pony crazy. Completely committed,” Thomas said. “She’s ridden forever [and] puts in the hours. She gave up a lot of things over the years, both in high school and college, just to ride. That’s because she loves it.” Impressed by not only the school but the equestrian program as well, O’Mara joined her older sister Abby at Georgia. The sisters, who are three years apart, rode together

for O’Mara’s first year. With both O’Mara sisters on the roster, Georgia won its sixth national championship. It was the last time the team captured the title. With an undefeated record at home and a good mix of both experienced upperclassmen and talented underclassmen, this year’s team has the potential to bring O’Mara’s career full-circle as a contender for the national title once again. “You know Meg has had a lot put on her this year,” Boenig said. “This is [her] senior year. She’s always having to walk between being a fierce competitor, a good leader and being a supportive teammate. She’s an incredible individual, one that I think a lot of people look up to.” Pressure to lead the fairly young team and defend her perfect Equitation on the Flat record builds as the season progresses, but that hardly seems to bother O’Mara. Rather, she thrives off the pressure. “There’s obviously a little added pressure coming from such a good season, but I kind of like the pressure,” O’Mara said. “It’s kind of what I strive to have, to put that little extra pressure on my shoulders.” No matter the pressure she might face in her last year with Georgia equestrian, O’Mara holds onto her pre-competition egg and muffin breakfasts and pinches from Coach O’Toole for stability. “I used to carry a lucky penny in my pocket, but then I gave it to my younger brother, and now he’s done really well this year with the penny,” she said. “We only save it for important things. I might have to whip the penny out for nationals.”







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$30 million later Indoor athletic facility benefits Georgia in multiple ways Emily Giambalvo Senior Staff Writer Georgia football is no longer an outlier in the Southeastern Conference. With the construction of the indoor athletic facility, which was dedicated on Feb. 14, the Bulldogs now have an enclosed practice area, just like their league counterparts. “It’s a special place, one of the most beautiful in the country,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “I think that speaks volumes to our commitment to athletics but also to football.” The project that cost $30.2 million features a full-size field in a climate-controlled setting. There is a sound system that can be used to play crowd noise. The high ceilings, Smart said, set the facility apart from some of the older facilities he has seen and allows for indoor practices in the kicking game. Mostly, the building will provide relief from weather conditions that are not suitable for practice, whether that be sweltering Georgia heat in August, cold bowl practices in December or rainy days throughout the season. Previously in the case of inclement weather, Georgia’s team sometimes traveled an hour away to use the Atlanta Falcons’ facility. Now, a suitable alternative is available on campus. “Knowing in advance we have the ability to practice in a climate-controlled environment will calm many nerves, relieve some angst and create less visits to the website,” athletic director Greg McGarity said during the dedication. “No more last-minute trips to Flowery Branch or missing precious practice time on game week.” The facility was ready in time for the team to use during practices leading up to last season’s bowl game, but for the regular season, the team had to travel a few miles to the club sports fields. The new building, which was funded entirely through doP H OTO S B Y J E N N F I N C H / S TA F F

nations, is located adjacent to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and is in the same location as Georgia’s old outdoor fields and indoor turf room. McGarity said there had been plans for an indoor facility in the same spot since 1999. No space was gained inside the building, and Smart said the new outdoor practice areas will be ready to go for spring practice. For college football, the building of facilities has become an arms race of sorts, with schools such as Clemson adding areas with features such as miniature golf, a bowling alley and a barber shop. At Alabama, where Smart was the defensive coordinator until he joined Georgia’s staff last year, the indoor practice facility has a 130-yard field and includes cameras that hang from the ceiling. “I certainly think we’re always playing a little bit of a catch up when it comes to the people in our conference,” Smart said. “A lot of the teams in the [SEC] West obviously have had these venues.” And when football coaches are trying to convince high schoolers to attend their school, these facilities could have swaying power. For Georgia, Smart said the new facility has “helped a lot in recruiting.” “Most of the guys we’re recruiting had seen the progress throughout, but they hadn’t seen the finished product,” Smart said. “When you see dirt and things getting moved around and poles, you never realized it could come to be this.” Other sports will be able to use the facility, as batting cages can lower from the ceiling for the baseball and softball teams, and a 65-meter track and jumping pits also have a spot indoors. Still, the full-length field with a G painted in the middle is the primary spectacle on display. And it’s an amenity that the Georgia greats, whose photos decorate one wall, never got to experience. “One of my goals since arrival is to create an environment that our players have everything necessary to compete both on and off the field,” Smart said.

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