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IT’S A RUNOFF (Left to right) Carson Kuck, Asim Ahmed and Jack Henry Decker.  J U L I A N Staff Reports Forward and Unite are going to a runoff. Unite garnered 45.5% with 4,652 votes, while Forward received 37.1% with 3,796 votes in the University of Georgia Student Government Association general election. A total of 10,221 votes were cast for at least one of the three executive tickets, marking the highest voter turnout in SGA’s history, said Ethan Pender, SGA attorney general. The total number of ballots is about 3,600 more than last year’s election. Beyond, with 17.4%, 1,773 votes, will not move on to the runoff. As stated in the SGA Elections Code, a runoff election occurs when no ticket receives an absolute majority of votes. In that case, the top two vote-getting tickets move to the runoff. Voting will reopen for 28 hours starting at 8 a.m. on Feb 27. Polls will close at noon on Feb. 28. Final results will be announced at the Tate Plaza Stage at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. Unite, comprised of Asim Ahmed, Cheryl Kwapong and Carson Kuck, ran on a platform of accountability, sustainability and visibility. Ahmed thanked his team and Unite voters after the announcement. He said he is “100%” confident that they can win on Feb. 28. “I feel amazing,” Ahmed said. “We truly have an opportunity to change this campus, and I 100% without a doubt believe in the 400-person staff that we have, the movement that we have.” Dyer Whitehurst, Grace Green and Kristen Dunning

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comprise Forward, the only executive ticket that ran with no prior SGA experience. They ran on a platform of inclusion, sincerity and perspective. “Going in, we knew it was going to be a pretty close race. We can’t wait to keep moving forward with this and with the race. We’re going to try to mobilize as many voters as possible in this runoff election,” said Jantz Womack, Forward’s primary liaison. “We’re really excited and really proud of what’s happened so far and hope to continue this moving forward.”

Beyond’s gone Beyond was composed of Briana Hayes, Hannah Payne and Matthew McDaniel. The candidates ran on a platform to create, uplift and engage with the UGA and Athens communities while in office. Hayes, the Beyond presidential candidate, said she felt “at peace” after the results were announced. “I feel like I did it because I love the university, and I wanted to advocate for it, but I think I have done a lot, and what I have done is what I’ll continue to do,” Hayes said. Beyond supporters gathered around the three candidates as they huddled together and exchanged hugs. Sophomore public relations major Ali Meek stood to the side and watched as the candidates left shortly after results were announced. Meek said she was disappointed with the results, which she “wasn’t quite expecting.” “I thought for sure we would be in the runoff, but obviously when you work on a ticket and you’re dedicated to that you hope for the best,” Meek said. “But we still are

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very proud of our campaign and ran a clean campaign, did a great job throughout and I am very confident that everyone involved in our campaign is going to continue to do great work through this campus.”

The buildup The 2020 campaign trail was not just TikToks, T-shirts and balloon arches. The SGA Elections Committee called all three tickets to hearings for possible elections code violations during the campaigning process. Unite and Forward were both sanctioned by the Elections Committee. Unite was sanctioned once for failure to submit a required financial disclosure form by the deadline. Forward was sanctioned twice, once for early campaigning and once for violating SGA’s Code of Ethics. Beyond was called to a hearing after Unite filed a complaint that Beyond violated endorsement guidelines in the SGA Elections Code, but was not sanctioned by the committee.

Vote breakdown Beyond 17.4% Forward 37.1% Unite 45.5%

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College of Education named for UGA’s first black graduate Erin Schilling Staff Writer The speakers for the naming ceremony of the Mary Frances Early College of Education seemed like they knew Early’s story by heart. Their voices swelled with pride as, one by one, they retold the audience about the bravery of the 83-year-old woman sitting in the front row of the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Early is the first black graduate of the University of Georgia, earning her master’s degree of music education in 1962, despite facing a climate of hate and ridicule on campus. She went on to have a successful career in music education and served as the music director for Atlanta Public Schools.

TIMELINE 1961: Charlyne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes became first black students accepted to UGA. 1962: Early earned a master’s degree in music education 1967: Early earned a specialist in education degree from UGA. 2018: Early was awarded the President’s Medal by Jere Morehead.

From the Early College of Education Dean Denise Spangler to University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, each speaker incorporated a piece of Early’s legacy into their remarks — her grace, her tenacity, her love for music. “Music education is as essential to learning as math, reading and science,” Wrigley said in his remarks. “Mary Frances Early used her love of music to make change both in the classroom and in history.” With a full concert hall with guests such as Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp, the ceremony’s importance was evident. Early grew up in Atlanta and attended the University of Michigan for graduate school until she saw a riot protesting Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes on TV, the first black students accepted to UGA. After that, she knew she had to go to school in Georgia, despite her mother’s insistence that she shouldn’t. “I said, ‘Mother, this is something I have to do,’” Early told the audience at the naming ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 25. “I had to make a contribution to make our nation — our state — better. The thing I knew I could do was go to school. And so I did.” Now, 58 years later, she is the first black person to have a college or school named after them at UGA.

An inspiration to the state When keynote speaker Marion Ross Fedrick took the podium, she put Early’s story in perceptive of her own life.

Mary Frances Early attends the naming ceremony of the Mary Frances Early College of Education in her honor.  E R I N S C H I L L I N G / S T A F F “It is personal,” said Fedrick, the president of Albany State University. “Like many of you, I am a beneficiary. I wouldn’t be the president of an awesome university if she had not made this sacrifice. She blazed the path so that I could attend UGA.” Fedrick attended UGA for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and said Early’s perseverance helped her continue her own education. She called on the audience to show other students support through financial or time commitments. For Emily Huckaby, a student ambassador with the Early College of Education,

Early’s name adds another reason to respect her college. “This was fully funded with people who believe in Mary Frances Early and what she does and her cause,” said Huckaby, sporting a new shirt for the college with “Early” in large, red print. “I think that it’s so important to advocate for education.” Aderhold Hall, the home of the Early College of Education, bears memorials to Early’s career as a music educator and teacher.  S E E E A R LY P A G E A 8


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Debriefing Quick takes on stories you might have missed this week

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NeSmith, Wright began reelection campaigns

Chase Street Elementary interim principal named

Former Alabama Men’s basketball The Falls on Macon strength coach defeated Vanderbilt Highway closed joined Georgia staff at the buzzer permanently

District 8 Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Jerry NeSmith officially announced his reelection campaign. NeSmith has served as a commissioner since 2012. He is being challenged by community activist Jesse Houle. Allison Wright announced her candidacy to seek reelection for District 4. Wright is being challenged by Michael Stapor. The ACC commission election will be held on May 19.

After the resignation of former principal Nikki Hittle, Laura Kraus was appointed interim principal of Chase Street Elementary School. Hittle resigned on Feb. 17 saying she is “choosing to explore other opportunities at this time.” Kraus, with 16 years of experience, was working as an assistant principal at Whitehead Road Elementary, a po sition she had since 2016. Kraus’ first day at Chase Street was Feb. 24.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart hired former Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran as the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator on Feb. 24. Smart and Cochran coached together with the Crimson Tide from 2007-2015. In his 13 years under head coach Nick Saban, Cochran was named the National Strength Coach of the Year two times, and the Crimson Tide won six national titles.

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The Georgia men’s basketball team defeated Vanderbilt on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from senior Tyree Crump on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bulldogs trailed for the majority of the game but surged late to beat the Commodores 80-78. Anthony Edwards and Jordan Harris led the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Georgia moved to 14-13 overall and 4-10 in the SEC with the win.

Macon Highway American restaurant The Falls has permanently closed. Adjacent to the Mama’s Boy location at The Falls of Oconee shopping center, The Falls served an assortment of moderately-priced New American cuisine. The restaurant, which included venue space, opened in April 2018 and last renewed its license in March 2019. Its former head chef, Ryker Scott, was the youngest executive chef in Athens.

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A man wearing a Michael Myers mask chased a woman while holding a knife near Bert’s Grocery on Nellie B Avenue on Feb. 20, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report. The woman said she knew the man but could not remember his name. Video footage from nearby Union Store Liquor only showed the woman running, according to the report. The woman was not injured during the incident. The woman told police she was standing and talking with a friend who was sitting in her vehicle. While they were talking, the man exited a vehicle parked nearby, brandished a knife and chased after the woman, according to the report. The woman ran into Union Store Liquor and asked the owner to call the police according to the report.

A manager of 9d’s bar on East Clayton Street and his twin brother sustained multiple facial injuries during a fight that broke out at the bar on Feb. 16 around 2 a.m., according to an ACCPD report. One of the men involved in the fight was arrested on a charge of battery and taken to the Athens-Clarke County Jail, according to the report. Officers obtained pictures of two of the other men involved but were unable to identify them at the time. According to the report, a large fight broke out in the bar. The fight moved outside, and most of the men involved left the bar.

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Mock-up matrimony The Big Fake Wedding, an organization that offers a unique spin to bridal shows, hosted a fake wedding on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the historic Hardeman-Sams Estate in Athens. Founded in 2008, the company created an experiential event in which future brides and grooms can experience the wedding vendors in action. The Athens event featured catered food, photoshoots and photobooths, a wide selection of drinks and a vow renewal ceremony followed by a dance party reception. — Ryan Cameron

A Joe Frank Dining Commons employee knocked over dishes and slammed an office door, causing a clock to fall off the wall, after he was fired on Feb. 14 around 2 p.m., according to a University of Georgia Police Department report. Police determined there was no indication that a crime had been committed, and no damage was reported during the incident. A food operations manager told police she would like the man to be barred if he returns, according to the report. According to the report, witnesses saw the man go outside after being fired and then return to get a charger.

manager, twin brother injured in fight at 9d’s bar

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A man received a black eye during a fight with his roommate at the Mark Athens apartment complex, according to a UGAPD report. He went to the University Health Center on Feb. 17 to make sure he didn’t have any severe injuries. Once there, a UHC employee reported the man’s injury to UGAPD, according to the report. The man said the altercation was a misunderstanding and that he did not want to press charges. According to the report, the roommates started arguing and shoving each other when they returned to their apartment after a night out, the man told police. The man told his roommate to “come say it to my face,” and then his roommate punched him in the face, according to the report.

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THE RED & BLACK A3 At least 188 tenants could be affected by renovations at Athens Gardens Apartments.  TAY L O R GERLACH/ S TA F F

Athens residents face uncertainty ahead of possible apartment renovations on the East Side

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Gardens resident, expressed confusion over the possible renovations.

Tenants of two east Athens apartment complexes, Clarke Gardens and Athens Gardens, first received official notice that their apartments may be sold to a new owner more than three months ago. Since then, the residents of the federally-subsidized apartments located off Barnett Shoals Road and Lexington Road, respectively, have been in a state of uncertainty, waiting for the potential buyer, Preservation Partners Management Group, to take over. As of press time, it is unclear whether the current owner and manager, Ambling Management Company, and PPMG have closed on the sale, which was scheduled for Feb. 22. “This has been sprung on everybody,” said one resident of Clarke Gardens Apartments, who spoke to The Red & Black on the condition of anonymity in December. “We heard and we knew that something was going on, but now … it has become real.” PPMG said it plans to purchase the apartments and renovate them pending funding approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a notice sent to residents in November 2019. Renovation could temporarily displace the residents from their apartments, but experts said they don’t expect residents to be permanently relocated. At least 196 tenants could be affected by renovations at Clarke Gardens, while at least 188 tenants could be affected by renovations at Athens Gardens, according to the number of units listed by HUD. One Athens Gardens resident, Renata Hailey, lives with her five children in a two-bedroom unit. Reporters from The Red & Black walked through the two properties in Athens and spoke with more than 10 residents, who, like the Clarke

The unknown On Jan. 22, PPMG said it expected to close on the purchase on Feb. 22. However, the company has yet to confirm the sale with The Red & Black. The date has been pushed back at least once already, as the notice sent to residents in November 2019 stated PPMG “anticipate[d] closing escrow in December 2019.” PPMG did not respond to The Red & Black’s requests for comment on the status of the sale as of press time. Ambling, which has owned and managed both apartments since the early 2000s, did not give comment on the sale. The Red & Black emailed and called the contact provided to residents in the letter and scheduled a call with PPMG’s CEO through their executive assistant. They did not pick up on the date of the scheduled call and did not answer questions sent via email. The Red & Black has called PPMG more than a dozen times. If PPMG buys the property and moves tenants to renovate the buildings, the tenants are unsure of where they will go, despite the promises of compensation or substitute housing made in the November 2019 notice. Some tenants don’t have adequate transportation or other places to stay, the Clarke Gardens resident said. While the letters promise to make accommodations the limited details concern residents. Even the possibility of moving for one month makes them worried about what’s next. “My family is a family of five, so it’s not like that’s really easy … I can’t just pop in on people and be like, ‘Hey we have nowhere to go, can we stay here?’” the Clarke Gardens resident said. Despite residents’ fears, experts said they will likely not be permanently affected should the pur-

Children play outside Renata Hailey’s apartment in Athens Gardens.  TAY L O R S TA F F

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be entitled to return to the property, Chad McCranie, an Athens-based attorney, said in an email. McCranie works with Georgia Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal services for low-income people. Tenants are entitled to compensation for moving expenses and any increased housing costs, as stated in the letters and confirmed by McCranie in the email.

Long overdue Although the Clarke Gardens resident said moving would pose challenges for them and their family, they said renovations of their apartment complex are long overdue. Their concerns with the maintenance upkeep and living conditions were echoed by several other residents. “I think it would be good because I know these apartments are really, really old and a lot of them are in bad condition … but I’m just worried about not being able to come back,” the resident said. Property inspections conducted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs found that at least four Clarke Gardens units had insect infestations in 2017, according to audits obtained through an open records act request in October 2019. Inspections found that a different set of four units had infestations in 2014 as well. Units also showed signs of mold, mildew or rot, among other problems, during 2014 and 2017 inspections. According to the inspections reports, Ambling provided documentation that these problems were corrected. Renovations aside, residents said the lack of communication is frustrating. “I guess we’ll leave when they all say, ‘Hey, you got to go,’ but it’s all confusing, and I don’t think anybody’s doing a great job with communication,” the Clarke Gardens resident said. “These are families out here with children. It would be nice if people could be more forward and let people know what’s going on.” Editor’s note: The Red & Black granted residents anonymity so they could speak without fear of retaliation or discrimination from their current or future property managers.

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The cathartic benefits of reading Athens has a diverse, enriching literary community

Normal Books is part of Athens’ literary community.  TAY L O R

Jacqueline Reynolds Contributor

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Expression and connection are hidden beneath a digital age defined by easy-to-watch videos and decreasing human interaction. According to the National Endowment of the Arts, the share of U.S. adults who read literature fell from 56.9% in 1982 to 43.1% in 2015. Considering the steady decline of literary reading and the rapid growth of technology, it has become more challenging to discover these stimulating endeavors. Regardless, there is no better place to search for expression than a literary community. From local bookshops to prestigious literary magazines, Athens boasts a fulfilling literary community. Reading and writing literary works, whether fictional or nonfictional, are valuable. Ceridwen Dovey, a social anthropologist and an author, wrote a 2015 article in The New Yorker about the impact of literary reading on an individual. “Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm,” Dovey wrote. “Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.” Discussing different modes of literature is a fulfilling, creative activity that promotes human connection and has the ability to stimulate change. Book clubs are a forum for this type of discussion, opening the floor for critical conversations and different perspectives. In Athens, Avid Bookshop currently offers Hot Fiction Book Club, Paperback Book Club, YA for Not-so-YAs Book Club and Criminal Binds Book Club. Normal Books also hosts book clubs and other literary events. In addition to Avid Bookshop, Athens is home to many respected literary groups, such as The Georgia Writers

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Hall of Fame, the University of Georgia Press, Stillpoint Literary Magazine and The Georgia Review. Although Georgia’s “Classic City” is more famous for its distinct music scene, Athens’ literary community is also a hub for creative activities. As a staff editor for Stillpoint Literary Magazine, I am engaged in a community of readers and writers that inspire one another through our individual creative differences. It is an uplifting and vibrant experience to connect with people through discussing fiction, nonfiction or poetry. These are the face-to-face conversations that not only allow us to express ourselves and connect with others but also give momentum to the cycle of inspiration for all content creators.

Literary works are layered with deeper meanings and powerful storytelling. Author Jeanette Winterson, the author of “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, once wrote, “fiction and poetry are doses, medicines. What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.” Literary works are layered with deeper meanings and powerful storytelling which influence our perspectives on life. By reading, writing and discussing different forms of literature, we are able to dig up expression and connection within ourselves and others. It is both enriching and fulfilling to be a part of a literary community, and the literary groups of Athens have a lot to offer. Jacqueline Reynolds is a junior journalism major and staff editor at Stillpoint Literary Magazine.

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Why the restoration of the graveyard is important Sydney Nghiem Contributor As one of the volunteers at Brooklyn Cemetery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I had the privilege of participating in a movement to preserve and commemorate the lives of local African Americans who have helped build Athens. Brooklyn Cemetery serves as a re minder of the different stories of African Americans who have faced a long history of oppression in Athens. Those buried range from parents, children, teachers and servicemen, and their contributions are the backbone of present-day Athens. Therefore, it is imperative that University of Georgia students and Athens residents commemorate the legacy that is left behind by those buried at Brooklyn Cemetery. Established in 1882, this historic cemetery is the resting place for many African Americans. The area fell into disrepair until 2006 when Linda Davis and Karl Scott founded the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery

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“to restore, rebuild, and commemorate not only the cemetery grounds but, more importantly, the individuals laid to rest there,” according to the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery website. Due to years of neglect, the area was overgrown by invasive plants, and certain graves were unmarked or buried by nature. However, the work done by volunteers who have helped uncover graves, cut down trees, remove invasive species and marked and tagged graves has allowed the cemetery to properly honor those buried there. When I was volunteering at Brooklyn Cemetery, I was able to read some of the short descriptions of the buried on their tombstones. The stories I read ranged from new-born babies to people who lived well into their later years to soldiers who had served in World War I or the Korean War. Reading these tombstones and trying to understand their stories enabled me to see the important impact that these peo-

I could picture what their experiences must have been like during World War II.

ple had during that time period and across history. For example, by reading the servicemen’s tombstones, I could picture what their experience must have been like during World War II, and the level of oppression they faced while serving their own country. During World War II, black soldiers were sometimes treated worse by the U.S. army than its prisoners of war, according to Matthias Reiss in an article published in Amerikastudien / American Studies. Meanwhile, black nurses had tried enrolling in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II but faced barriers because of their skin color, despite the Army’s obvious need for skilled nurses. Despite decades of attempts for reform, racism is still prevalent against local business owners, servicemen, nurses and families. This is why we must continue to preserve historic landmarks like Brooklyn Cemetery to ensure that we never forget the history that is marked on those graves. Preserving this cemetery means that we are commemorating the lives of the people laid to rest there. This forces us to grapple with our history and recognize oppression when we see it. Sydney Nghiem is a freshman sociology and economics major.

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Sports Senior allaround GymDog Rachel Dickson will not compete in 2020 due to a preseason Achilles tendon injury.  GABRIELLA A U D I / S TA F F

Tendon troubles 2 gymnasts suffer season-ending Achilles tendon injuries in 2020 Sydney Kohne Staff Writer There is no “I” in team, but there is in injury. Georgia gymnastics has learned that the hard way. Less than three months into the 2020 season, Georgia’s 15-member gymnastics roster lost two regular competitors for the rest of the season to Achilles tendon injuries. All-around gymnast Rachel Dickson tore her Achilles tendon in practice leading up to the GymDogs’ first meet on Jan. 3, sidelining her for the entirety of her senior season. After competing in six meets, freshman vault, bars and floor regular Amanda Cashman ruptured her Achilles tendon while attempting an extra floor pass in practice on Feb. 13. Head coach Courtney Kupets Carter was not expecting Cashman to try more than one pass during her mock routine one day before Georgia’s home tri-meet with Ball State and Eastern Michigan. Cashman’s confidence in her performance led her to attempt another pass, but it ultimately resulted in her season-ending injury. “The nature of the injury is very difficult to track and to know,” Kupets Carter said. “You never really know, so you put it into how [they are] feeling, what’s going on, how much can they take. When an athlete’s feeling good, to have this happen, it’s heartbreaking.” Cashman and Dickson now watch from the sidelines sporting casts, crutches and knee scooters, cheering on their teammates. “It was definitely tough for [Cashman] to come to the realization that she was hurt, but she has been nothing but supportive to all of us the entire time,” freshman bars and beam competitor Haley De Jong said. “I’m just really proud of her for being so strong.” While their injuries have a large impact on the GymDogs’ lineup, Dickson and Cashman are pieces of a larger problem affecting NCAA gymnastics. Three months into the 2020 season, 20 gymnasts across the NCAA are out for the year with ruptured Achilles tendons, as reported by Mary Emma Burton, senior editor at College Gym News. Georgia is the only team in the NCAA to suffer more than one Achilles tendon rupture this year. An Achilles tendon rupture is the result of an action called eccentric loading, a process in which the Achilles tendon lengthens while calf muscles contract. Most commonly, this is the motion occuring when walking backwards, pushing off for a sprint or making a forceful plantar flexion of the heel. Dr. Mason Florence, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at Athens Orthopedic Clinic, sees Achilles tendon sports injuries predominantly in basketball, where jumping and landing are constant. “As the forefoot hits the ground, in order [for] the heel to just not slap on the ground there, the Achilles actually contracts as the ankle comes up,” Florence said. “That’s probably the most common [injury causing action] now.” In gymnastics, this movement occurs while taking off for a tumbling pass, sprinting toward the vault or landing on a weight-bearing foot at the wrong angle. Florence also attributes the injury’s risk to lack of diversity in the muscles being used. Multi-sport athletes will find variation in the muscles and movements they use in each sport, giving certain areas of the body relief as the athlete cross-trains. Gymnasts tend to stick to the same muscle groups throughout their tumbling, increasing the risk of overuse. As gymnasts are performing in the highly competitive Junior Olympic arenas before they come to the NCAA, their

body’s degenerative process is unnaturally sped up. In theory, a 20-year-old gymnast could have similar muscle and joint wear and tear as a non-athletic middle-aged adult. “As you just continue to use and overuse [the tendon] ... I think that does predispose and increase the incidence of it,” Florence said. “It’s not a true degeneration, but it may be all in the sense of it just [because] it’s seeing a lot of use.” This overuse is amplified by the extreme force applied while tumbling in gymnastics. Completing skills hundreds of times per week in practice with such power takes its toll on the body, and the gymnasts are not taking their tumbling lightly. “The sport is changing and evolving, and you do bigger skills when you’re younger,” Kupets Carter said. “It’s a continual pound on your body, and when you come to college and you compete every weekend, you try to stay as physically fit as you can.” Without the proper mental conviction and aggressive attitude, the tumbling and skills performed in gymnastics would not be possible. In a meet, there is no promise of a safety net or a soft cushion to break a fall. “You have to be aggressive,” Kupets Carter said. “You have to do it properly, and moving forward there’s that mentality that it’s scary. It’s just the nature of the sport.” While each event requires the same assertive mentality, floor is where some of the most complicated and intensive tumbling takes place. Of the Achilles ruptures Kupets Carter has seen, she said most occur during tumbling passes of floor routines. Kupets Carter herself suffered two Achilles tendon ruptures throughout her career. The first was during a training session for the 2003 World Championships, and the second was during a meet against Arkansas in her junior season while attempting a front double Arabian pass in 2008. As every gymnast knows, tears, surgeries and broken bones come with the territory. They can’t receive perfect 10s without facing the risk of a season-ending injury. “Gymnastics is just a tough sport,” Kupets Carter said. “Gymnasts are physically fit, [there’s] a mental strain [and] it’s one of the sports that combines a lot of different attributes that make it very difficult yet very amazing to do — but there is a risk.”

A healthy Achilles tendon is used in practically every activity that involves moving your foot.

There have been 20 NCAA gymnasts to go down with season-ending Achilles tendon injuries, as illustrated, for the 2020 season.

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Freshman GymDog Amanda Cashman competed in six meets before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on Feb. 13 in practice.  K A T H R Y N S K E E A N / S T A F F

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3 former Georgia football players must impress at the NFL scouting combine Austin Roper Assistant Sports Editor Of the 10 former Georgia football players invited to the NFL scouting combine, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is the only consensus lock to be chosen in the first round. Here are three former Bulldogs who can improve their draft stock with their performance.

Softball seniors Ciara Bryan and Jordan Doggett maintain close relationship on and off the field Drew Hubbard Contributor Fans of Georgia softball have known Jordan Doggett and Ciara Bryan for their play at Jack Turner Stadium for four years. What they don’t know is that the two players are as close in the classroom as they are in the outfield. “We’re best friends on and off the field, and that just carries over for the both of us,” Doggett said. Both Doggett and Bryan are communication studies majors and have had classes together. Appropriately, they are now taking a class for their shared major called Communicating in Close Relationships. Before arriving at Georgia in 2016, the seniors knew each other in high school. Doggett came from Ola High School in McDonough, and Bryan attended Newton High School in Covington.

Because of their schools’ close proximity, they recognized each other coming to and from the softball field. But it wasn’t until their senior year in high school that they became friends before enrolling at Georgia together. “We started hitting together, going to eat together and then getting close,” Doggett said. Doggett and Bryan have led by example, committing no errors and helping Georgia start off with a 15-4 record. Offensively, they have combined to earn 40 RBIs and 10 home runs. Bryan leads off as a long-ball threat and has hit eight home runs this season. Her position forces opposing pitchers to either take their chances with her or throw to Doggett, who hits second and averages .392 at the plate. “[Bryan] is a really big home run threat, so I know a lot of time they’re going to want to put her on and go for me instead,” Doggett said. “She gives me the confidence that it doesn’t matter and that I can still get the job done.” Bryan and Doggett’s offensive production can also be credited to their knowledge of each other’s game. Both hitters watch each other closely in the box and give critiques on their swings. Since they have known each other for so long, they know what to look for in each plate appearance. After once being 18 miles away in high school, Doggett and Bryan are now right beside each other in the outfield for their final season in Athens. “We have each other’s back because at the end of the day we want what’s best for the team and we want to win,” Bryan said.

Stat of the Week Projected top MLB draft prospect and Georgia starting right-handed pitcher Emerson Hancock has posted a 4.91 ERA through his first two starts in 2020. The number tells a tale of two polar opposite starts for Hancock. In his first appearance on the mound against Richmond on Feb. 14, Hancock gave up nine hits and six runs in four innings for a 13.5 ERA. He made a comeback on Feb. 21 against Santa Clara, giving up two hits and no runs to help bring his number down. Hancock will return to Foley Field on Feb. 28 to face No. 17 Georgia Tech. — Augusta Stone

Just be the typical D’Andre Swift The 40-yard dash won’t be what sets D’Andre Swift apart, but the off-tackle reaction drill and change-of-direction pitch drill were made for him. Swift’s quick ability to read and react is what separates him, and that’s what the off-tackle drill tests. After receiving a handoff from the quarterback, Swift will step over four dummies and react by going in the opposite direction of the dummy, guided by a drill coach. The change-of-direction pitch drill will illuminate Swift’s jab step, as the drill tests for short quickness. In this drill, players will receive a pitch from the quarterback and then zig-zag through five cones. S w i f t’ s m a j o r k n o c k i s h i s a b i l i t y t o h o l d onto the football. He fumbled seven times in his career, with three last season. He’s still expected to be one of the first running backs taken in the NFL draft.

Lawrence Cager wasn’t able to create much separation in man coverage during his lone season at Georgia, but he didn’t need to. He is a big-body receiver at 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds, and a new drill added to the combine this year is perfect for him. The end zone fade route drill was designed for players like Cager, who don’t have the quickest get-off but can muscle their way to over-power defenders when the ball is in the air. Wide receivers will catch passes from 10 yards out into a corner of the end zone in an attempt to show that they can locate the ball and come down with both feet in bounds. If Cager is going to garner attention after missing the final four games last season, this is one drill in which he can’t afford to perform poorly.

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Jake Fromm laughed at the mention of his 8 7/8-inch hands on Feb. 25 and responded by saying they are the same hands that went to three SEC championship games, a Rose Bowl, a College Football Playoff National Championship game and two Sugar Bowls. His reaction is warranted since there’s no proven significance between hand size and quarterback play. The important measurements will come on the field. Fromm struggled with accuracy late last season, completing less than 50% of his passes five straight games. Fromm is a cerebral quarterback with below-average arm strength. Getting through his progressions quickly is vital for him because his deficiencies are magnified when he can’t. He should perform well during the pocket movement drills as well as through the three, five and seven-step dropbacks. He has been comfortable throwing outside of the hashes in his career at Georgia, but he must have one of the better performances in deep accuracy because he won’t impress with innate athleticism.

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‘A LITTLE MORE HEART’ Fully recovered from javelin impalement, sprinter Elija Godwin ready to impress at SEC indoors Henry Queen Managing Editor Elija Godwin had two goals for college. He wanted to run on a track and field team and play football. He accomplished the former and had plans to do the latter. Then, last May, sitting in a hospital bed with a javelin lodged in his back, he didn’t know if he’d be able to do either again. All he knew was that he survived. “That was the most terrifying moment of my life — when I felt like I couldn’t help myself,” Godwin said. “Usually, I could be like, ‘You know what, I got this, let me handle it.’ But I had to put all my faith in God.” Godwin was impaled while running backward sprints on May 7, 2019, at Georgia track and field practice in preparation for the 2019 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The javelin was in his path, sticking out of the ground. The sophomore sprinter has since made a full recovery. Unlike some of his teammates, who called him during the SEC championships freaking out about the mere sight of a javelin, Godwin doesn’t mind the exposure. The 2020 season, Godwin said, can help him prove he can still excel athletically. Getting impaled was a source of motivation, not fear. “When you’re sitting out there and you got this javelin in your back and you’re foaming at the mouth and you think that’s it for you, everything you do in your life from that point on is going to be done with a little more oomph,” Godwin said. “I put a little more effort into it. I got a little more heart.” Godwin, who won the 2019 SEC Co-Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year, is one of two male

sprinters, along with freshman Matthew Boling, who will play a major role for the Bulldogs at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas, which begin Feb. 28. “It’s like it never happened,” Georgia head coach Petros Kyprianou said. “He’s back, good as new.” Competing for college track and field championships wasn’t on Godwin’s mind until the summer before his sophomore year in high school. He originally used track as a way to condition for football. “We got to get you on the track in the summertime,” Fred Sands, coach at the Covington-based summer track program Elite Speed Youth Athletics, told Godwin. Godwin was reluctant, not wanting to give up his summer football workouts. Sands had to convince Ginger Luby, Godwin’s mom, who made him do it. In his first summer track meet, Godwin took home a trophy for earning the most points as an individual. “I was like, ‘Oh,’” Godwin said. “I didn’t really understand how far I could go. From there, it took off.” As a sophomore, Godwin helped Newton High School in Covington win the 2016 Boys Class AAAAAA Track State Championship, sealing the program’s first title when he came from behind in the last leg of the 4x400-meter relay race. “It was like a movie,” he said of that race. His relationship with football soured when he was suspended for the first five games of his senior season. Kevin Barnes, Newton’s track and field coach and an assistant football coach at the time, said it was in response to Godwin’s absence at summer workouts while traveling around the country with Elite Speed. “[The coaches said] ‘If you don’t do this and

that, we won’t let you play.’ That’s something that kids in my area can’t accept. Football is just that important,” Godwin said. “But for me, track and field gave me that escape.” Godwin still wanted to play football while also running track in college. He received offers to play football from seven schools, including Virginia and Central Michigan. Godwin and Luby sat down with Kyprianou in his office, and he explained the benefits of track and field to them. Kyprianou also left open the possibility of playing football for Georgia. Until the javelin incident, Godwin planned on making an attempt after the track season to schedule a meeting with defensive backs coach Charlton Warren. Godwin said he still might try to play football for Georgia while also running track. That’s something Barnes would love to witness after having seen Godwin survive such a major incident last May. “I’m still looking for him to do great things at UGA,” Barnes said. “I think he’s a phenomenal talent. I just wish I could still see him get out there on the football field.”

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or “grace” due to lost notes, supplies and technology. According to the UGAPD report, the sprinkler system in the room with the fire was the only one activated when the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department arrived on scene. Water damage to the other dorms was caused by water flowing from the room with the fire into the hallway and to the surrounding rooms. UGAPD and the ACCFD responded to the fire, and no injuries were reported, according to UGAPD. Multiple residents reported missing items, including cash and AirPods, after returning from the evacuation. The doors of rooms with water damage were left propped open while students were out of the dorm, residents said. Students whose rooms were damaged were notified that their belongings were put in locked storage in Myers Hall by University Housing, according to a Feb. 24 email from Blake York, the assistant director of University Housing for East Campus Village and University Village.

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Aarushi Tandon, a freshman genetics major, returned to her room on the second floor to find a $100 bill missing from her wallet. She said she left her wallet on her desk before the evacuation and returned to find it on the floor with cash missing and her credit cards rearranged. Tandon said the police are investigating the theft. Other people in Tandon’s hallway also reported missing items, including freshman Ashley Lomax, who said she had cash and AirPods stolen from her room. “Lots of my other valuables like my jewelry case are in storage now, so I have no idea if those were taken as well or not because I have no access to storage,” Lomax said. Students who discover missing items from their rooms should speak with UGA police, York said in the email. Kim said she is “trying to catch up” in the wake of the fire but said her professors have helped her prepare for midterms.

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A fundraising campaign accompanied the naming of the college, and Spangler said $3 million was raised from 900 donors, which will go toward student scholarships and a distinguished professorship position. The UGA President’s Venture Fund and the UGA Foundation made the first donations, $200,000 each, for four Georgia Commitment Scholarships for students pursuing music education. One of the donors to the campaign was Monica Kaufman Pearson, a fellow UGA alumna and retired WSBTV anchor who said Early’s courage opened the door for her own education. “It’s so wonderful for the university to recognize her in this way while she can still appreciate it,” Pearson said.

A lifelong advocate Before the plaque to Early was unveiled, high school senior Zoe Willingham performed a violin solo. Willingham is a fellow in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra talent development program, which Early helped found. Early commended the performance in her speech, and she said she continues to give scholarships to high school students, even after she retired from her long career in public education.

Early spent 37 years teaching in public schools. In 1981, she became the first black president of the Georgia Music Educators Association. She also went on to teach at Morehouse and Spelman colleges, and became the chair of the music department at Clark Atlanta University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education. “Education to me is the most important thing we can do,” Early said. “We will always need good educators, and to have the College of Education named in my honor is a — I can’t even describe it.” Early’s belief in her right to education is what guided her to go to UGA. She didn’t want to be forced out of her home state. When she saw Hunter-Gault and Holmes, alumni of her high school, battling for integration she wanted to help. “They had opened the door for the undergraduates,” Early said. “I wanted to open the door of the University of Georgia for graduate students like me.” Upon receiving her degree, she told The Red & Black in 1962 that her fel-

low students were “for the most part merely tolerant.” Though the university has improved drastically since Early’s days as a student, social studies education major Phaidra Buchanan said there’s always room for more. “Her life story reminds us that we still have a long way to climb,” Buchanan said. “I’m hopeful about the direction the university is going.” Early remembered thinking graduate students would be more mature, but people threw rocks at her and subjected her to other cruel actions. She said her professors were “friendly and very impartial” in the 1962 interview. Early’s reception on campus is much different now. The College of Education hosts an annual Mary Frances Early lecture, and Early received the President’s Medal in 2018 and an honorary law degree in 2013. The honors Early has received aren’t what made the decision to go to UGA worth it. It was the audience. “Just look at this crowd,” said Early, smiling. “A really diverse crowd. This is why I came.”

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YOUR GUIDE TO AD•VERSE FEST Spotlighting experimental solo artists and duos Melissa Ge Contributor While some festivals center around performers of a certain genre, the second annual Ad•verse Fest will feature mainly single or duo artists. The festival will take place at both the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art and Caledonia Lounge on March 6 and 7. This year’s artists will perform a wide range of genres, including electronic, revived 80s synth wave, experimental, ambient, techno and pop. The festival will end each night with a two-hour DJ set. Only two artists — Diatom Deli and Mischa Lively — are returning from last year. Mischa Lively will host a DJ set instead of performing an electronic piece. AC Carter, the organizer of Ad•verse Fest, wanted to expose the audience to another diverse set of artists, different from ones they might have seen last year. As both a fan and an artist, Carter reached out to artists who inspired them, including Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and Oakland, California’s Wizard Apprentice. They also invited artists they have played with, including Mischa Lively, Stacian and Buddy Crime. While some performers are local artists, including Josey (F.L.E.D.) and John Kiran Fernandes, others hail from Atlanta, Tennessee, Kentucky and Massachusetts. As a curator, Carter said they wanted to control the flow of the festival and choose what they wanted to share with the audience, so they decided on a smaller lineup. Last year, the audience had more of a choice to go to whichever venue they shared a “certain energy or vibe” with, but Carter learned it became overwhelming. Alden DiCamillo, a freelance arts writer who will cover Ad•verse Fest for Flagpole Magazine, Wussy Magazine and COURTESY/THE QUEENDOM

a queer gender non-conforming promotion space called This is Earheart, attended last year’s festival. As a writer specializing in covering “queer southerness,” they wanted to cover Ad•verse Fest because it represented a unique, creative, kinship-identity found in the South, DiCamillo said. DiCamillo also admired Carter’s interdisciplinary work, which involves music, art and fashion. “There’s just this complete bypassing of what we might consider normal, heteronormative, cisgendered stuff,” DiCamillo said, “It’s inclusive and AC works hard to make sure people are compensated and seen.” Anna Staddon, a musician who plays in the band Scooterbabe, helped Carter with the festival last year by stage-managing Caledonia Lounge for both nights of the festival. This year she’s assisting Carter with logistics and operations. She looks forward to using the festival to increase visibility for queer, transgender and non-binary artists. For both DiCamillo and Staddon, Ad•verse Fest is a response to the lack of nonbinary visibility in the mainstream music industry. “We have our token lesbians and a couple gay folks but queer, trans, nonbinary is still working to find visibility and that’s really what I see in Ad•verse Fest,” DiCamillo said. College towns like Athens, where many venues tend to rely on alcohol sales to make profits, “tend to draw a certain kind of audience consistently,” Staddon said. This means scenes like Ad•verse Fest need to form in order for people to have a place to express different ideas “or else we’ll just have a very stagnant and boring art scene,” Staddon said. Carter looks forward to watching the performances and hopes the audience members will leave the show with a lasting memory after the festival ends. “I want people to have a good time and be entertained. Base line: Was it worth it?” Carter said. Attendees can pre-order tickets for $20 and buy single-day passes on the day of the show for $15 and two-day passes for $25. In order to keep up with any updates to the lineup, they can follow the Facebook event post.

The Queendom, atlanta Nina Bayani Contributor

The Red & Black: How were you approached about performing for Ad•verse? Did someone reach out to you or did you express an interest in being in the festival?

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Have you performed in Athens before?

Christina Adedeji: Honestly, I like this diversity when it comes to the artist lineup y’all have. It’s so many different types of artists and genres and the fact that it’s outside of our city, it’s great too.

AD: No, we’ve actually never performed in Athens before. It’s our very first time, so it’s exciting. It’s kind of cool that we get the opportunity to perform there because it’s kind of like the sister city. It’s just a different part of where we’re from and a different culture. Of course, we want to break out of Atlanta and experience other great cities in the state and beyond. So, we’re gonna start there and branch further than that.

What can we expect from your set for Ad•verse Fest? Are there any songs you’re excited to perform live?

Amanda Donald: We were actually contacted… were we contacted directly? I think we were contacted directly via email. They sent us an email, and we accepted.

CA: We definitely will be performing some new content, so we’re excited for all of what we’re performing. Energy-wise, we’ll bring it. Pretty explosive, pretty intense.

Why did you feel like Ad•verse was a good fit for you guys? What do you like about the format of the festival?

AD: Definitely hip-hop!

Are there any hot spots in Athens that you’d like to visit? AD: As far as eating in Athens, I’m not sure what’s in Athens, I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t researched a thing, but I do love the food.

CA: Yeah, yeah. Hip-hop and R&B, we’ll bring it. We’re super excited to show people what we got going on.

LEYA, new york city Erin Wasserman Contributor

The Red & Black: I know your album comes out the day before you are playing in the festival, are you playing some new music off of the new album or is there a particular song that you cannot wait to perform live? Adam Markiewicz: We’ll figure that out pretty soon. There are always some surprises, but I would expect it to be mostly new music for the most part. We try to mix it up, you know, we haven’t really planned out this, how the musical program is for the next month or whatever, but we have tended to play really old songs in certain spots if it seems to be befitting of the vibe. It’s more fun for sure [not planning]. The only drawback to that is making sure that

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Local performer AC Carter, who performs under the stage name of Lambda Celsius, organized the festival.  C A R O L I N E B A R N E S / S T A F F

you’re presenting the best show for people possible, so being prepared is always great as well, but in the past we’ve been a little flexible with it.

exciting. Everyone is young and ambitious and excited and you know mostly just like curious. It’s like a curious time in life, when you’re looking to explore something new, and I think that really works well for Adam and I because for a lot of people we are something new.

I know you guys were in Athens last January — what did you guys do here while you were in town?

Are there any artists that you are looking forward to seeing or hearing at the festival?

AM: We were at a pool party last time we were there. We met our friend between Atlanta and Athens. It really is such a good crew there directly, and always has been. Over the years obviously it’s changed, but the community in Athens is really beautiful and for us has been a really favorite place over the last year or so.

AM: Definitely, in general I think it’s very cool that AC booked a whole fest that is all duos and solo artists because I’m not sure I’ve personally been involved with something quite of that format before. MD: [I’m excited to see] Diatom Deli — we were super blown away by her. We played a set with, that was in Nashville I think, last year. Their set just totally blew me away. When I saw that they were on the fest, I got really, really, really excited.

Is there something about being in a college-central town that allows you guys to try something different? Marliu Donovan: College towns are

Breathers, atlanta Molly Brown Contributor

The Red & Black: Have you all ever performed in Athens? Lee Gunselman: We’ve performed in Athens a lot over the years. The first time I played here was when I came down to play at Farm 255 in my Kraftwerk cover band on some Halloween when I was in college. Breathers mostly plays Caledonia or Go Bar...RIP.

Have you ever performed in anything like Ad•verse Fest? What are your expectations?

LG: The closest thing to Ad•verse we’ve done is probably Irrelevant Music Festival in Atlanta. I expect to have a fun time playing with other talented and sweet artists.

What was the process behind creating your [newest] album Designed to Break? Was it at all draining or daunting? LG: It takes a lot of time, resources, and emotional energy to make an album. Especially if you are broke and not famous. Most of us work in the service industry. I think making Designed to Break was over all really fun and educational. Having to work on an album for a couple years is daunting because you just want to finish it

and move on. We want to focus on singles or shorter length releases now instead of a whole full length album.

What are you trying to convey to people who listen to your music? LG: I have no idea. I think I want people to dance or feel good at first. Our lyrics are all over the place. Some are kind of science fiction jokes and some are just about basic things like staying warm in the winter. I just get inspired by random concepts and just roll with it. See full versions of each interview at redandblack.com.

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GABBY DOUGLAS TO SPEAK AT TATE STUDENT CENTER Kyra Posey Staff Writer Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will make an appearance at Tate Student Center this Thursday, Feb. 27. She won’t be tumbling in, though — she’s here for a conversation. Douglas became the first African American Olympic gymnast to win the Olympic All-around at only 16 years of age. She was a member of the 2012 and the 2016 Olympic gymnastic team, dubbed “The Fierce Five” and “The Final Five,” respectively, by the media. The University of Georgia’s University Union helped organize the event. Jazmin Lopez, a junior psychology major and the Union Speaks committee director, schedules events for the University Union. She invited Douglas to the university for a number of reasons: to celebrate Black History Month, build anticipation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and because Douglas is “someone [she] looks up to.” “It’s perfect timing,” Lopez said. Vicki Michaelis, professor of sports journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and founder of Grady Sports Bureau, will moderate the event. Michaelis has interviewed “more Olympic athletes than [she] can count,” she said. Michaelis plans on asking questions about the day that Douglas won the gold medal and about her career. “I want to see what she remembers about when she won the Olympic gold, which is what cemented her as a legend,” Michaelis said. “She broke the color barrier in gymnastics — it was a very significant day.” She wanted to moderate because she “likes to help the university when she can” and, because this type of interview is in her area of expertise. “And anytime you get to talk with an Olympian, you take that shot,” Michaelis said. There will be 45 minutes of moderated discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience questions. Michaelis said audience members will connect with Douglas’ story, as the 2012 Olympics were “a time when [students] were becoming aware of the Olympics, so that was probably a big moment” to see the first African American gymnast win an individual gold medal. Michaelis said she hopes Douglas will end up doing most of the talking, as her story is what the audience wants to hear. “I’m hopeful that everyFeb. 27, 7 p.m. body leaves knowing a little more about her and more Free for students about what drives her and what she does in life now,” Tate Theatre Michaelis said.

IF YOU GO

The Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road LIVE!, will perform at The Foundry on Feb. 29.  J U L I A N A L E X A N D E R / S T A F F

Kobanova will perform at the 40 Watt Club on Feb. 28 along with Claustrophilic and Jameson Tank.   T A Y L O R G E R L A C H / S T A F F

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Thursday, Feb. 27

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ATHENS WOMEN’S HEALTH SUMMIT

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Dance: Learn the basics of this dance form. No prior experience required. When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where: UGA Dance Building Price: Free

Discussion: Critique Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” with university professors. When: 4 p.m. Where: UGA Fine Arts Building Price: Free

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Live Music: Enjoy a serenade of swing style music provided by ensemble Big Band Athens. When: 8 p.m. Where: Hendershot’s Price: $5

Comedy: The West Coast comedian will perform a set as he prepares to film a special. When: 8 p.m. Where: Buvez Price: Free

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Workshop: Learn various songwriting styles and methods. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Piedmont College Price: Free

Live Music: Listen to rock artists Kobanova, Jameson Tank and Claustrophilic perform. When: 8 p.m.-midnight Where: 40 Watt Club Price: $7

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Art Opening: Join Dodd Galleries as they debut four new exhibitions. When: 5-7 p.m. Where: Dodd Galleries Price: Free

Dance: Watch CORE Contemporary’s annual showcase featuring Mario Vircha’s Migrare. When: 8 p.m. Where: New Dance Theatre Price: $12-16

Conference: Learn about the lives of women in the contexts of race, class and politics. When: 10 a.m. Where: UGA MLC Price: $10

GREEN LIFE EXPO Botany: Celebrate sustainability and learn about ways to improve the environment. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA Price: Free

EDITORS PICK QUEER HEAVEN! Drag: Watch drag performances and enjoy live music. When: 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Where: Caledonia Lounge Price: $7 (21+)

ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Live Music: Listen to The Beatles tribute band perform covers with a creative twist. When: 9 p.m. Where: The Foundry Price: $8-10

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Shop: Browse discounted furniture and art as Metal + Petal makes room for new inventory. When: 4 p.m. Where: Metal + Petal Price: Free

THE LION IN WINTER Theater: Enjoy James Goldman’s historical drama put on by Athens Creative Theatre. When: 3-5 p.m. Where: Quinn Hall Price: $12-15

DEEP STATE Live Music: Listen to rock bands Deep State and Telemarket perform. When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Where: Buvez Price: $5

EDITORS PICK SOUL FOOD Entertainment: Enjoy a melting pot of performances in music, poetry and comedy presented by Sweet Soul Movement. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Hendershot’s Price: $7


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For the kids UGA Miracle hosted its 25th annual Dance Marathon that ran for 25 hours between Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 at the University of Georgia’s Tate Student Center. The charity event benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta filled Tate Grand Hall with music and enthusiastic dancing. Families that received aid from Dance Marathon donations were in attendance, and several gave their testimonies to an emotional crowd. In total, UGA Miracle raised $1.25 million in donations. P H OTO S B Y K AT H R Y N S K E E A N ( 2 , 3 , 4 ) A N D J A S O N B O R N ( 1 , 5 , 6 )

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