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Playbook SEC POWER RANKINGS
Anna Glenn Grove Football Beat Writer
Nathan Moore Football Beat Writer
Myan Patel Football Beat Writer
Henry Queen Sports Editor
Augusta Stone Asst. Sports Editor
South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia
No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU
No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa
35-28, Penn State
24-17, Penn State
21-13, Penn State
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas
The Red & Black football writers and editors make picks for this weekend’s games.
After three years, Brian Herrien hurdles up the depth chart Myan Patel Football Beat Writer It’s test week for Brian Herrien. On Oct. 7, Herrien was on campus at 6 a.m. It wasn’t for an early workout or to watch film. Instead, he was studying at the Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center. The senior communications major has two tests this week. “I’ve really been taking [school] a lot more seriously,” he said. “I know in high school I started off slow and had to pick it up quick in the end. I just wanted to start off fast once I got to college so I didn’t have to pick it up later.” He was going to major in psychology but decided to pursue it as a minor instead. Herrien said he could see himself as a psychology teacher or a counselor if football doesn’t work out. So far, though, football is working out pretty well for him. Herrien is Georgia’s second leading rusher with 252 yards on 40 carries. Last week, he broke four tackles during his season-best 40-yard run in the win over Tennessee. The running backs have a special name for that kind of run – ‘dog yards.’ “The dog yards come from you,” Herrien said. “You get contact and you still break the tackle ... We go for the runs like that. We want the runs like
Tier one: Alabama, Georgia, LSU It’s more of the same for the best teams of the SEC. While Alabama enjoyed a bye week, Georgia and LSU beat up on lower quality opponents. Georgia allowed Tennessee to jump out to an early 14-10 lead but quickly recovered to prove that it still belongs with the best. The eventual return of injured cornerback Tyson Campbell will help, as the Bulldogs allowed Tennessee’s Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway to combine for 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns. LSU, meanwhile, had no issues against Utah State but will face stiffer competition on Saturday against Florida. — Henry Queen
Tier two: Florida Florida has the chance to break into tier one of the SEC this week if it can escape an 8 p.m. face-off at Death Valley with a victory over LSU. The Gators forced four turnovers in their 24-13 defeat over Auburn on Oct. 5, but Florida quarterback Kyle Trask lost three fumbles and running back Dameon Pierce coughed up the ball once, which left the turnover margin even. Florida’s defense held Auburn quarterback Bo Nix to 145 passing yards on Saturday, Nix’s second-lowest total of the season, but LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will pose a challenge, as he averages 372.8 yards per game. — Augusta Stone
Tier three: Auburn, Missouri, Texas A&M Auburn struggled to connect offensively against Florida as Nix was held to his second-lowest passing yard total of the season. The Tigers have to play four more SEC games in a row, two of which include LSU and Georgia — both tier-one teams. Missouri rolled past Troy last weekend in a 42-10 victory. With a win against Ole Miss this coming Saturday, the Tigers may find themselves in tier two. Texas A&M will host Alabama this weekend after coming off a bye. If the Aggies defense comes in rested, the matchup could be closer than expected. — Anna Glenn Grove
Tier four: South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky
Brian Herrien was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016. He is now Georgia’s second leading rusher. G A B R I E L L A A U D I / S T A F F that instead of the open hole.” Herrien’s time at Georgia has been similar to his style of running — patient. He worked up the depth chart over his first three years and is now second in line to D’Andre Swift. For coach Kirby Smart, Herrien is the same guy he has always seen. Herrien didn’t get playing time sooner because of now-NFL backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. In practice, Smart said Herrien is always the first in line for drills, and that’s where it all stems from. “He doesn’t treat practice different
than a game,” Smart said. “I think those practice habits have allowed him to be successful in games. It’s just you guys are getting able to see it now.” Herrien is showing his value for the Bulldogs. He has been ready, per Smart, anytime his number has been called. Herrien knows it could still just be the beginning. “You can make a lot of money with this game, a lot of friends, a lot of connections,” Herrien said. “You want to be able to pay your family back. That’s your motivation.”
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None of the teams in this tier were in action last weekend as they all had their first bye week of the season. Mississippi State and Kentucky have winnable matchups this week against the bottom of the conference. State will travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers, while Kentucky hosts Arkansas. South Carolina, on the other hand, has a road meeting with No. 3 Georgia. The Gamecocks are probably the best team in this group, but they are the least likely to move up after this weekend given their tough matchup. — Nathan Moore
Tier five: Ole Miss, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tier five isn’t pretty. Ole Miss is the best of the worst, if you’re looking for a participation trophy. The Rebels cruised past one-win Vanderbilt last weekend while Arkansas had a bye week. Tennessee was drubbed by Georgia, and the Vols are the only Power Five team that don’t have an FBS win. It doesn’t get any easier for these teams, as they all have the grunt of their conference schedules ahead of them. Shield your eyes. — Myan Patel
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Turnaround in the trenches Georgia run defense markedly improved from last season Henry Queen Sports Editor Georgia’s run defense hasn’t always been this highly touted. Last year when Georgia defeated Florida, Kirby Smart was asked about his greatest concern going forward. His immediate response? “Rushing defense,” Smart said on Oct. 27, 2018. “We played better tonight, and that was a good team, but the rushing defense is concerning ... I get frustrated.” The Bulldogs ended the season by giving up 178 rushing yards in a loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl, one month after allowing 157 rushing yards in the SEC championship against Alabama. They finished seventh in the SEC and 39th in the nation in rush defense after giving up 1,698 yards. Look at them now. By all accounts, the Georgia run defense ranks as one of the best in the nation. It has yet to concede a touchdown, an honor no other team in the FBS can claim. The Bulldogs rank fifth in the country with 298 total opposing rushing yards. Through the first five games last year, Georgia had given up 541 yards. Some of the credit for the turnaround should go to the defensive line, a group Smart called one of the team’s weakest links after G-Day on April 20. It’s in the trenches where the running game is won or lost. “It starts up front with us,” defensive lineman Michael Barnett said. “We just have to hold the points and read blocks and make sure nothing comes in our gaps … We push everything that’s supposed to come on the inside and let the outside defenders handle what they have to handle.” While Georgia’s success starts with the defensive linemen, they aren’t the leading tacklers statistically. The linebackers and defensive backs have hogged most of the tackles for themselves. Inside linebacker Monty Rice, nickel back Mark Webb and safeties Richard LeCounte and J.R. Reed all have more than 20 tackles. Senior Tyler Clark leads the defensive linemen with 11 tackles, which is tied for seventh on the team. Devonte Wyatt and Barnett aren’t too far
Georgia is the only FBS team to have held opponents to zero rushing touchdowns this season.
behind with 10 and nine tackles, respectively. Smart said Georgia’s tackling skills still have a long way to go. “We have to improve on that and get better because that’s a hole when you watch football in general,” Smart said. “Tackling tends to go downhill as the season goes, and we can’t let that happen. A lot of that starts with our defensive line, controlling [the runner] from getting out of there.” Poor tackling can lead to more explosive plays. But unlike Georgia’s pass defense, which gave up a 73-yard touchdown pass against Tennessee on Oct. 5, the run defense has limited plays to no longer than Murray State quarterback Preston Rice’s 35-yard run. “It starts with stopping the run on first and
second down,” senior defensive lineman Justin Young said. “Coach Smart wants us to stop the run first.” One possible reason behind the front seven’s success is the quality of the opposing team’s running backs. Notre Dame’s Jafar Armstrong had to sit out against the Bulldogs due to an injury. Vanderbilt’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn has probably been Georgia’s toughest challenge. As the opponents get tougher and the stakes get higher, Georgia will try to keep doing what it’s been doing. “Good things will happen if you just keep working and don’t really pride yourself on ‘Oh, you’re doing good, so let me just rest for a little bit,’” Barnett said. “No, every day is a work day. Every down is a work down.”
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What to watch for heading into Georgia’s matchup with South Carolina Andy Walsh Assistant Sports Editor
Head coach connection The connection between Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp goes back to their days as teammates at Georgia in 1994. In 2000, Muschamp brought his old Georgia teammate to Valdosta State to be on the defensive staff, then to LSU in 2004. Now as head coaches of two programs that are bound to play annually, Smart has gotten the better of Muschamp. Georgia has won all four matchups with South Carolina since the former teammates took over their respective programs. Who will earn bragging rights when the Gamecocks come to Athens on Saturday?
Polar opposite punters South Carolina punter Joseph Charlton has one of the best legs in the SEC. Charlton has 13 punts of 50-plus yards and earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after punting nine times for a 51.2-yard average against Kentucky. The redshirt senior also hit five inside the 20-yard line against Kentucky, the same number Georgia punter Jake Camarda has achieved in five games. Although Camarda isn’t called on to punt much, field position is an ever important aspect of the game. Charlton has shown that he could make the Georgia offense’s job much harder than it needs to be on Saturday.
Georgia injury updates The Bulldogs have three injury questions heading into their matchup with South Carolina on Saturday. Tyson Campbell suffered a foot injury in the first half of the Arkansas State game and hasn’t played in a game since. Georgia missed Campbell in its game against Tennessee as the secondary struggled to stop the likes of Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway, giving up 273 passing yards. Offensive lineman Solomon Kindley didn’t play against Tennessee, and Smart said he should be good to go on Saturday. Lastly, Jordan Davis went down with an ankle injury against Tennessee, but should be “fine to go” against the Gamecocks, according to Smart.
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No. 3 Georgia vs. South Carolina The Red & Black’s football beat writer Nathan Moore discussed Georgia’s upcoming game with Cam Adams, the assistant sports editor of South Carolina’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks 41-17. Nathan Moore: This South Carolina team is having a pretty tough season so far, but who are some players that could potentially cause problems for Georgia on Saturday? Cam Adams: The Gamecocks have some playmakers on defense that can at least slow the Georgia offense. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw leads the team in sacks with four ... On offense, Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster are a nice one-two punch at running back, but I don’t think the offense as a whole will be able to keep up with Georgia.
Moore: Georgia opened as a 24-point favorite on Monday. Obviously no one really expects South Carolina to win, but what do they need to do to keep it close? Adams: The defense needs to play a lot like they did against Kentucky. I was there and seemed like they forced a 3-and-out on just about every possession. Granted, Kentucky was playing their second-string quarterback. The key for the defense will be stopping D’Andre Swift in the backfield and slowing down the offense as a whole. Moore: How do you think this game will turn out? Score prediction? Adams: I think it’s going to turn out a lot like last year. South Carolina will keep it competitive in the first half, but I believe Georgia will pull away in the second half. I think they’ll end up winning 35-17.
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Georgia vs. South Carolina
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19 South Carolina has 19 players on its 111-man roster that hail from the state of Georgia. Only two Georgia players — Michael Barnett and Channing Tindall — are originally from South Carolina.
1,019 South Carolina has rushed
for 1,019 total yards in its first five games of the 2019 season. In the 24-7 win over Kentucky, the Gamecocks had two 100-yard rushers in Tavien Feaster and Rico Dowdle. Georgia, however, has one of the best run defenses in the country and hasn’t given up a rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs will surely be tested by South Carolina’s rushing attack.
13 Georgia has punted just 13
times this season. The Bulldogs are tied for No. 8 in the country in the category, with Oklahoma leading the country in fewest punts with 10. The Bulldogs’ ability to keep drives alive and put points on the board has been crucial to their success this season and will continue to be a deciding factor on Saturday and beyond.
Georgia takes on ‘instinctive’ freshman South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski Augusta Stone Assistant Sports Editor
Kirby Smart is impressed with Ryan Hilinski. Through four games, South Carolina’s freshman quarterback has completed 88 of 144 passes for 912 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Hilinski’s best numbers came from a meeting with then-ranked No. 2 Alabama, where he passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns. “Just look at the Alabama tape,” Smart said. “He went out and played against one of the elite defenses in the country and spun the ball as good as anybody.” Hilinski wasn’t expected to be the man under center this year, but a season-ending foot injury to senior Jake Bentley in the Gamecocks’ season opener against North Carolina put the 18-year-old from Orange, California, in command. Smart said Georgia made a “hard” effort to recruit Hilinski back in 2018. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback was a four-star prospect out of Orange Lutheran High School and was ranked the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite. “He can make all the throws,” Smart said. “He’s got a
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great release. He’s got intuition on throws. Very instinctive. He’s going to be a really good player in this league for a long time, in my opinion.” Georgia’s defense will face a freshman quarterback for the second consecutive week, as Tennessee’s Brian Maurer earned his first career start over redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano against the Bulldogs on Oct. 5. Smart chalks up the trend of young starters under center to the higher chances of injury quarterbacks face, taking note of how college quarterbacks are becoming more mobile and getting hit more often. “You’re seeing backups who happen to be true freshmen because quarterbacks don’t usually stay [for] the long haul,” Smart said. “But you’re also seeing more talented freshmen arrive.” Maurer and the Vols’ offense challenged Georgia’s defensive backs at the beginning of the Bulldogs’ 43-14 win. Maurer passed for 205 yards in the first half, and his performance was accented by a 73-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway. But senior safety J.R. Reed is focused on not letting those plays get away from the secondary against South Carolina. “We [have to] get the guys down on the ground,” Reed said. “We’re a great tackling team, and in that game right there, we did not display it. I t’ s s o m e t h i n g that we need to work on going forward.”
262.2 Georgia’s pass offense has
averaged 262.2 yards per game. The average ranks No. 47 in the country, just behind Clemson and in front of the likes of North Carolina and Michigan State. With a top rush offense, Georgia’s passing offense needs to show consistency if the Bulldogs want to become a true championship contender.
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Last season, Georgia had the fewest amount of penalties in the SEC. This season, Kirby Smart’s team has been penalized 37 times, which is tied for third most in the conference. G A B R I E L L A
Penalty puzzle Georgia football focused on limiting flags
can’t do them,” Smart said. “They probably cost us a drive and it cost us a touchdown ... Those are critical, critical errors. That hasn’t been a trait that we’ve had, is undisci“I messed up.” plined penalties, and we’ve got to prevent those.’’ Linebacker Walter Grant said that phrase is the first Officials came to Athens before the start of Georgia’s fall thing that runs through his mind anytime he’s whistled for camp and educated the Bulldogs on penalties. The crew a penalty. Last Saturday at Neyland Stadium, No. 3 Geor- taught the players what they look for on each play and gia was all too familiar with football’s infamous yellow flag. coached them through it. The weighted handkerchief was thrown 11 times against Even after all the penalties against Tennessee, defensive the Bulldogs against Tennessee and cost Georgia 107 pen- end Justin Young said there wasn’t a lot of time after pracalty yards on Oct. 5. tice for penalty repercussions. The Bulldogs met with their Eight of the Bulldogs’ penalties were strength staff to run sprints for flags. after-the-snap mistakes. Five came on deStill, Smart preaches the importance of fense, including a roughing the passer on havoc, and doesn’t want his team to let up. defensive end David Marshall, which set “You’ve got to be aggressive,” he said. up a go-ahead Tennessee touchdown in “You’ve got to go out there and block peothe first quarter. That play was highlighted ple the right way. Our kids do that.” on the big screen in the Bulldogs’ penalty There is not a simple fix besides the timereport on Oct. 7. less “better execution” cliche. “It’s unacceptable,” Grant said on the “You just have to go to the doctor and The amount of penalties Georplay. “You can’t do it.” have to correct [the penalties],” Grant gia has averaged per game, Smart and his staff frequently analyze said. “You have to fix your mistakes and which is tied for second worst the trends of the top teams in college foottry it again.” in the SEC ball. He said that the best programs usually Smart called penalties an “interesting” aren’t the least penalized. But they aren’t stat. While his staff is fixated on faulting the most penalized, either. fewer times, Smart is not overly-concerned on where the Nevertheless, Georgia was the least-penalized team in Bulldogs lie. the SEC a year ago. Now, with an emphasis on disruptive Georgia’s opponent on Saturday, South Carolina, has the defensive plays, that number has ballooned. fewest penalty yards in the SEC. Heading into its sixth game of the year, Georgia has 37 Penalties haven’t damaged Georgia’s chance to win yet. penalties — tied for third-worst mark in the conference. As long as it stays that way, Smart has an overarching mesThe Bulldogs average 7.4 penalties per game, which is tied sage to his team — about all facets of the game. for second worst in the SEC. “We want to be the hammer, not the nail,” Smart said. “Some of [the penalties] were undisciplined and you “That’s the way we go about things. We’re aggressive.” Myan Patel Football Beat Writer
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FIDDLES AND FOLK TUNES 12 acts to perform at 35th annual North Georgia Folk Festival Katie Fugett Staff Writer The Devil must be coming back down to Georgia, folks, because the fiddlers are fixing to play hotter than ever. The 35th annual North Georgia Folk Festival, organized by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society, will be held on Oct. 12 at Sandy Creek Park. Tommy Jordan, the festival director, said this year’s lineup will “represent a wide variety of folk music forms.” The festival will feature a mix of traditional folk ensembles, modern indie bands and groups with multicultural influences. Festival headliners include Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, Caroline Aiken Band and The Skillet Lickers. While the popularity of folk music in Athens comes and goes, there’s been a resurgence of the acoustic singer-songwriter style in recent years. “Folk music is of the people,” Jordan said. The Skillet Lickers will take the main stage at 4:45 p.m. The current incarnation of the band carries on the founding band’s tradition and plays much of the same repertoire. Guitarist Phil Tanner and fiddler Russ Tanner, current members, are the grandson and great-grandson, respectively, of famed fiddler Gid Tanner. “They’re like, a really, really amazing example of traditional Georgia music,” said Sam Fisher, a University of Georgia senior who is a member of the festival’s planning committee. Fisher said he also appreciates how folk music represents a cross-cultural blend of ideas, experiences and even languages. One of the groups Fisher is most excited for is Grupo C21, an Athens-based Latin American band which will perform corridos, or ballads, Fisher said. “It’s not a genre determined by one person or scene,” Fisher said. “It’s like all these different iterations across race and culture, sometimes even languages when you get Spanish music coming in.” In addition to the music, various artists and demonstrators will present their hand-crafted work, and food will be available from vendors including Rashe’s Cuisine, Jittery Joe’s and more. A children’s zone will also be equipped with games and craft activities.
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It’s a hard ‘Knox’ life The Georgia football team traveled to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Oct. 6 and defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 43-14. The Bulldogs are now 5-0 this season and 2-0 in SEC games. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) went 24-for-29 with an average of 9.9 yards per attempt. In the fourth quarter, Georgia defensive back Eric Stokes (27) sacked Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer (18), forcing a fumble that was recovered by Georgia linebacker Tae Crowder (30) and returned for a touchdown. P H OTO S B Y J A S O N B O R N / S TA F F ( 2 , 3 , 7 ) A N D R YA N C A M E R O N / S TA F F ( 1 , 4 , 5 , 6 )
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La Clinica LaK’ech is a bilingual psychology clinic that caters to the needs of immigrant populations
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Rachel Priest Assistant Culture Editor Nick Borkovich was surprisingly calm as he raised his trumpet and began to play the 14-note song he knew by heart to an audience of over 93,000 fans at the Georgia-Notre Dame game in Sanford Stadium on Sept. 21. After the first few seconds, a stadium-shaking cheer joined in with the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” for one of the most surreal experiences of Borkovich’s life. “It’s weird. I don’t really remember playing it that much, I just remember how I felt [after],” Borkovich said. “I actually had my mom and dad up there with me … and then I gave them two big hugs afterwards ... It was just incredible.” Borkovich, a senior risk management and in-
surance major from Alpharetta, Georgia, is one of this year’s four “Battle Hymn” soloists along with Maggi Hines, Anthony Perrotto and Hunter Mills. Each year, around 25-35 Redcoat trumpet players audition for the honor of playing the “Battle Hymn,” said Brett Bawcum, acting director of athletic bands at the University of Georgia. The process includes two rounds of blind auditions where the trumpetists are randomly given a number and play the song to a panel of judges, who are turned around. “You have to play it perfectly, you can’t have any cracks,” Borkovich said. “That’s just the nature of playing an instrument … That one instance in your audition is how you’re judged.” The original “Battle Hymn” can be traced back to the summer of 1987 during the Redcoat
Marching Band’s annual band camp, according to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s website. But it wasn’t until 2000 that the song became an official part of the Redcoat Band’s pregame show after Bawcum rewrote the show to include the “Battle Hymn” following his master’s assistantship at UGA. Each of this year’s soloists have their own history with the “Battle Hymn,” all leading up to the experience of being selected as a physical part of its performance.
The final four During the auditions, there’s no set rubric for the judges to consider, but Bawcum said he always listens for the tone, pitch and musicality of the trumpeter. S E E S O L O I S T S PAG E B 6
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Extra Special People plan ‘Dress Down with the Dawgs’ for Georgia-South Carolina Samantha Perez Contributor This Saturday, Oct. 12, Extra Special People at UGA is calling for football game attendees to wear something different than the typical polo shirts and dresses. ESP at UGA, which helps people with disabilities as well as their families, is encouraging football fans to “dress down” for the Oct. 12 Georgia-South Carolina game to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome. Although ESP promotes “Dress Down for the Dawgs” every home game, it has ramped up for the South Carolina game because October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, said ESP at UGA President Daniela Conroy. Freshman Emily White is a sports medicine major in the Destination Dawgs program, which helps students with intellectual disabilities obtain a UGA Certificate in College and Career Readiness over the course of five semesters. She said it “feels good” to know that people are working to gether to raise awareness about an organization that works with students like her. “Supporting means a lot, and I’d like to D A N I E L A C O N R OY, E S P AT U G A P R E S I D E N T thank everyone for doing this,” White said. The organization is also asking that participants post pictures on various social media platforms with the hashtag #DressDownwiththeDawgs to further raise awareness. Conroy said the main message of this initiative is to “redefine the way people think about others with disabilities.” “At ESP, we always talk about ‘person-first lan-
We really want to focus on the person and who they are ...
guage.’ That’s when you refer to who the individual is before what their disability is because the person is more important,” Conroy said. “We really want to focus on the person and who they are and what their abilities are.” The UGA Student Government Association Senate unanimously passed a proclamation in support of the initiative last week. The proclamation encourages students, faculty and staff to participate. Over a hundred miles away, USC Student Government has been working with ESP at UGA to encourage its own students to dress casually for the game. According to an ESP at UGA press release, this joint legislation is “the first time in SEC history that two schools [student governments] have come together to sign identical proclamations.” Allison Fine, UGA SGA Senator for Access and Opportunity and Head of the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, hopes to experience a sense of unity among students. “We’re really excited that the game is going to be the first time that the SEC is competing but also joining together for something,” Fine said. The collaboration was kick-started by UGA SGA, which reached out to the USC Student Government, said Austin Smith, USC Student Government communications director. “I think that’s why they reached out to us because we have the ability to capture another audience that can rally behind this cause,” Smith said. Smith said that at first, the campaign had been spread at USC primarily through word of mouth. USC SG and UGA SGA then decided to promote the collaboration on social media. Downtown clothing store Tailgate Georgia has partnered with ESP to promote the initiative by selling official Dress Down T-shirts at its store on East Broad Street. With each shirt purchased, 10% of the
Extra Special People is collaborating with USC to emphasize its dress down campaign. D A N I E L A R I C O / S T A F F proceeds will go toward ESP. Customers can choose from a selection of colors in both men’s and women’s styles. Tailgate also has a custom printer to transfer the official design onto a blank T-shirt or sweatshirt. Sakura Maeda, Tailgate’s marketing manager, said partnering with local nonprofits is one of the store’s missions. ESP members will also be selling buttons, which students will be able to pick up along with stickers at a picnic hosted by ESP on New College Lawn at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. There will be guide dogs, corn hole, a photo booth and music. Pins can also be purchased through an order form found on the organization’s social media platforms.
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Athens-Clarke County Police officer shot a man in the torso on Oct. 5. Police were investigating a domestic violence incident when the man “brandished a knife in a threatening manner” at the officer, police said. The man was taken to a hospital and remains in “serious condition” as of Oct. 9. The officer is on paid administrative leave and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
A University of Georgia student sustained injuries from an “accidental self-inflicted gunshot” to the leg at the Chemistry Building on Oct. 8, according to a UGA spokesperson. At approximately 1:55 p.m., police responded to a call for assistance at the building. The student was “conscious and alert” when officers arrived and was transported to a hospital after Emergency Medical Services responded.
Georgia’s Marta Gonzalez reached the semifinals of the Pepperdine Women’s Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 5 during a Georgia women’s tennis trip to Malibu, California. Ranked No. 13 nationally, Gonzalez lost to Pepperdine’s Jessica Failla. Vivian Wolff lost in the quarterfinals of the Malibu tournament. Elsewhere, Morgan Coppoc and Meg Kowalski are competing in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the ITA All-America Championships.
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Head coach Tom Crean and the Georgia men’s basketball program must have an affection for Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, Florida. Two members of the Eastern Florida team announced plans to transfer to Georgia on Oct. 7. Miami native Mikal Starks tweeted he was transferring to Georgia a few hours after sophomore forward Jonathan Ned did. Starks averaged 5.1 points per game and Ned averaged 9.8.
called over suspicious man on campus University of Georgia police responded to a suspicious person call at the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building around noon on Oct. 3, according to a police report. The caller said a man entered the Registrar’s office to ask about turning in an old yearbook to an administrator. The book was from 1946 and contained three typed pages of biblical scriptures. According to the report, the man said “bad things are coming to UGA” and “I wouldn’t mess with the Lord.” The caller gave the officers a description of the man. He said the man carried a cane and was “quiet and nervous,” according to the report. Officers issued the caller case reference information.
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The Georgia equestrian team defeated South Carolina 14-5 in its season opener on Oct. 5 at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Senior Maddy Darst, senior Maddie Fiornate and junior Jordan Carpenter earned Most Outstanding Player honors. Georgia has been of the best equestrian programs in the nation since its beginning play in 2001. Last season, it lost to Auburn 8-7 in the team title of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and finished third in the SEC championship. This year, the Bulldogs have a new equestrian complex to look forward to. The $3.1 million project includes a new building of about 7,000 square feet with a locker room, offices, meeting rooms, a sports medicine room, and uniform storage and laundry facilities. Renovations are complete and will be revealed at an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 9. — Alyssa Beebe
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A mother and daughter discovered another person was repeatedly accessing and driving the daughter’s car on Sept. 22, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report. The mother told police the car “had been moving around in the complex.” She saw the vehicle parked in its usual spot at approximately 8 p.m., but near 10:30 p.m., she noticed the car was missing, according to the report. Later, they found the car had been returned to where it was previously parked. They saw a woman exit the car and enter the building where the daughter lives, according to the report. The daughter told police there have been three occasions where she found her car parked in a different spot than
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Local activist Cameron Harrelson posted a petition to Facebook for the creation of a rainbow crosswalk in downtown Athens on Oct. 2. Harrelson said a rainbow crosswalk would be a “permanent symbol” of the support for the LGBTQ community. As of press time, the petition has over 3,500 signatures. Harrelson said he spoke with Athens-Clarke County District 4 Commissioner Allison Wright about the project.
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Mental health clinic provides free services to Latinx community Gabriela Miranda Staff Writer When Edward Anthony Delgado-Romero was a child, he witnessed the “immigrant spirit” in his Colombian mother, a mindset of creating what isn’t available to you. As a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Georgia, Delgado-Romero realized Athens lacked Spanish-speaking mental health clinicians. According to 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data, the Latinx population in Athens is 10.7%. Delgado-Romero, who is also an Associate Dean in UGA’s College of Education, created a free counseling clinic to fill this need for the community. The mental health clinic, previously named ¡BIEN! Clinic — “bien” meaning “good” — now has a new name suited for its vision. “[The clinic’s new name is] La Clinica in LaK’ech, from a Mayan greeting that means ‘you are my other me,’” Delgado-Romero said. “The team picked the name to emphasize that we believe in collective liberation, we are all in this together.” The clinic opened in 2011, offering free counseling services under Delgado-Romero as a licensed psychologist and his team of doctoral students in counseling psychology or master of social work programs. Each student is either bilingual or Latinx themselves, Delgado-Romero said. When the clinic first opened, the team saw about 40 people per year, but now the team books about 500 sessions per year, Delgado-Romero said. It focuses on providing free counseling to clients and refers to those in need of prescribed medicine or further medical assistance to Mercy Health Center, a Christian nonprofit clinic in Athens. Delgado-Romero said the success of the clinic lies in the power of the existence of Spanish speaking or Latinx clinicians. “A lot of times clients come in and say [they] didn’t think there was anybody who looked like [them] who was a doctor,” Delgado-Romero said. “When they can speak freely it breaks down that stigma about getting help.” Aside from language barriers, Delgado-Romero and other volunteer clinicians explained the stressors and trauma some clinic patients experience. The current increase of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids has incited fear, which leads to isolation, and in some cases, paranoia, Delgado-Romero said. In fiscal year 2019, 10,951 immigrants were deported from Georgia, according to TRAC Immigration, a data project of Syracuse University. In fiscal year 2016, 7,635 were deported. Delgado-Romero said “unwelcoming” state and federal policies toward Latinx immigrants spans back years and is an on going issue for the comJACQUELINE FUENTES, CLINICIAN munity. Under federal law, undocumented immigrants are denied public benefits such as health care, except in special circumstances deemed “necessary to protect life and safety.” Georgia’s law also requires individuals seeking other public benefits — such as food stamps — to provide government-recognized identification, but undocumented individuals have difficulty obtaining the sufficient documentation needed to file for such identification. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 increased funding and resources for investigating immigration status and enforcing federal immigration laws. Additionally, the Georgia Board of Regents does not allow undocumented students to enroll in its “most selective institutions,” including UGA and Georgia Tech, and prohibits undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition at other Georgia schools. “I think people worry a lot,” Delgado-Romero said. “I think kids worry about their parents when they go to school.” The clinicians believe stressors for their clients include lack of basic necessities such as banking accounts, life and health insurance or anti-immigration policies. Jacqueline Fuentes traveled from Southern California to be a part of the clinic and the program. Fuentes hopes to shed light on social justice within the Latinx community, where some people live in “constant fear” due to racial tensions. Though not born into the Latinx community, second-year master of social work student Anna McConaghie became interested in the Latinx population and its needs after studying abroad in Spain in 2014 and later in Argentina in 2015. She sought to join the clinic to aid clients who lack access to basic necessities. “They lack access to everything — payments, insurance, so much,” McConaghie said. The local clinic not only focuses on the mental health of its patients but also its student clinicians. During weekly meetings, the clinic’s team discusses their emotions and any obstacles they have faced. Delgado-Romero said the trauma the population faces can be “overwhelming” for students, so the students rely on one another for a reprieve. Although at times their job is “emotionally taxing,” Delgado-Romero said, the clinicians continue to serve the Latinx community with distinct goals and passions pushing them forward. “I was raised in Atlanta but immigrated from Mexico. I noticed in my community the need for mental health services that were accessible and bilingual,” Elizabeth Cardenas Bautista, second-year Counseling Psychology doctoral student and clinic coordinator said. “That’s what this clinic is doing.” Rebekah Estevez married into the Latinx community and said the clinicians are family as well, each of them fighting for the same cause. Estevez said she intends on using her privilege as a “white person” to help the Latinx community. Despite their backgrounds, each clinician works to facilitate the needs of their Latinx clients, both now and in their future careers. “We all are doing a form of social justice at the clinic,” Fuentes said. “And we are increasing representation of our community. We’re proud.”
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La Clinica in LaK’ech founder Edward Anthony Delgado-Romero states the success of the clinic lies in the power of the existence of its Spanish speaking or Latinx clinicians, pictured above. C A R O L I N E B A R N E S / S T A F F
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Clínica dedicada a la salud mental brinda servicios gratuitos a la comunidad latina Gabriela Miranda Redactora Cuando era un niño, Edward Anthony Delgado-Romero fue testigo del “espíritu inmigrante” de su madre colombiana — la capacidad de visualizar y hacer realidad lo que a uno, no se le ofrece. Delgado-Romero, quien hoy en dia es profesor de psicología en la Universidad de Georgia, se dio cuenta de que Athens carece de médicos de salud mental de habla hispana. Según datos de la oficina del censo De EE. UU, del ano 2018, la población Latinx en Athens es del 10.7%. Delgado-Romero, quien tambien es decano asociado en la Facultad de Educación de la UGA, creo una clínica gratuita para llenar este vacío en la comunidad Latinx. La clínica de salud mental, anteriormente nombrada ¡BIEN! Clinic, tiene un nuevo nombre que se enfoca mas en su visión. “El nuevo nombre de la clínica es La Clínica en LaK’ech, que proviene de un saludo maya que significa “tu eres mi otro yo,” dijo Delgado Romero. “El equipo eligió el nombre para enfatizar que creemos en la liberación colectiva, estamos todos juntos en esto.” La clínica abrió sus puertas en 2011, ofreciendo servicios de asesoramiento gratuitos bajo Delgado-Romero, como psicólogo licenciado, y su equipo de estudiantes de doctorado en psicología de asesoramiento o programas de maestría en trabajo social. Cada estudiante es bilingüe o Latinx, dijo Delgado-Romero. Cuando la clínica abrió sus puertas por primera vez, atendían a unas 40 personas por año. Hoy en dia, cuentan con unos 500 casos o sesiones por año, dijo Delgado-Romero. El enfoque de la clínica es en proporcionar asesoramiento gratuito a los clientes, ademas de proveer referencias a los pacientes que necesitan medicamentos recetados o asistencia médica adicional al Mercy Health Center, una clínica cristiana sin fines de lucro en Athens. Delgado-Romero dijo que el éxito de la clínica radica en el poder de la existencia de profesionales clínicos hispanoparlantes o Latinx. “Muchas veces los clientes llegan y dicen que [ellos] no creían que hubiera alguien que se pareciera [a ellos] que fuera médico,” dijo Delgado-Romero. “Cuando pueden hablar libremente, se rompe ese estigma acerca de obtener ayuda.” Además de las barreras del idioma, Delgado-Romero y otros médicos voluntarios explicaron los estresores y el trauma que experimentan algunos pacientes de la clínica. El aumento actual de las redadas de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estados Unidos ha incitado al miedo, lo que lleva al aislamiento y, en algunos casos, a la paranoia, dijo Delgado-Romero. En el año fiscal 2019, se ordenó la deportación de 10,951 inmigrantes de Georgia, según TRAC Immigration, un proyecto de la Universidad de Syracuse. En el año fiscal 2016, 7,635 fueron deportados. Delgado-Romero dijo que las políticas estatales y federales “poco acogedoras” con respecto a los inmigrantes Latinx se remontan a años atrás y son un problema continuo para la comunidad. Según la ley federal, a los inmigrantes indocumentados se les niegan los beneficios públicos, como la atención médica, excepto en circunstancias especiales que se consideran “necesarias para la profession de la vida y la seguridad.” La ley de Georgia también exige que las personas que buscan otros beneficios públicos, como los cupones de alimentos, proporcionen una identificación reconocida por el gobierno, pero las personas indocumentadas tienen dificultades para obtener la documentación suficiente necesaria para solicitar dicha identificación.
La Ley de Reforma y Ejecución de Inmigración Ilegal de 2011 aumentó los fondos y recursos para investigar el estado de inmigración y hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración. Además, la Junta de Regentes de Georgia no permite que los estudiantes indocumentados se inscriban en sus “instituciones más selectivas,” incluidas UGA y Georgia Tech, y prohíbe que los estudiantes indocumentados reciban matrícula en otras escuelas de Georgia. “Creo que la gente se preocupa mucho,” dijo Delgado-Romero. “Creo que los niños se preocupan por sus padres cuando estan a la escuela.” Los médicos creen que los factores estresantes para sus clientes incluyen la falta de necesidades básicas, como cuentas bancarias, seguros de vida y salud o políticas contra la inmigración. Jacqueline Fuentes viajó desde el sur de California para formar parte de la clínica y el programa. Fuentes espera arrojar luz sobre la justicia social dentro de la comunidad latina, donde algunas personas viven con “miedo constante” debido a las tensiones raciales. Aunque no nació en la comunidad latina, la estudiante de segundo año de maestría en trabajo social Anna McConaghie se interesó por la población latina y sus necesidades después de estudiar en el extranjero en España en 2014 y luego en Argentina en 2015. Ella buscó unirse a la clínica para ayudar a los clientes quienes carecen de acceso a las necesidades básicas. “Carecen de acceso a todo: pagos, seguros, mucho,” dijo McConaghie.
Todos estamos haciendo una forma de justicia social en la clínica.
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La clínica local no solo se enfoca en la salud mental de sus pacientes sino también en sus estudiantes clínicos. Durante las reuniones semanales, el equipo de la clínica discute sus emociones y cualquier obstáculos que han enfrentado. Delgado-Romero dijo que el trauma que enfrenta la población puede ser “abrumador” para los estudiantes, por lo que los estudiantes dependen unos de otros para un respiro. Aunque a veces su trabajo es “emocionalmente agotador,” dijo Delgado-Romero, los médicos continúan sirviendo a la comunidad latina con objetivos y pasiones distintas que los impulsan a avanzar. “Me crié en Atlanta pero emigré de México. Noté en mi comunidad la necesidad para servicios de salud mental que eran accesibles y bilingües,” dijo Elizabeth Cardens Bautista, segundo año estudiante de doctorado psicología consejería y cordinadora de la clínica. “Lo que está haciendo esta clínica.” Rebekah Estévez se casó con la comunidad latina y dijo que los médicos también son familiares, y que cada uno de ellos lucha por la misma causa. Estevez dijo que tiene la intención de usar su privilegio como “persona blanca” para ayudar a la comunidad latina. A pesar de sus antecedentes, cada medico trabaja para facilitar las necesidades de sus clientes latinos, ahora como en sus futuras carreras. “Todos estamos haciendo una forma de justicia social en la clínica,” dijo Fuentes. “Y estamos aumentando la representación de nuestra comunidad. Estamos orgullosos.” Translated by Beatriz Montalvo, CNN Español
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Opinion Making a SPLOST in the community SPLOST affordable housing proposal could reduce inequality Stroud Payne Opinion Editor On Oct. 1, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for affordable housing, giving a foundation for talks between the ACC government and the Athens Housing Authority. Under the MOU, $39 million in funding will go toward developing Bethel Midtown Village Property as part of the North Athens Downtown Development project if voters approve the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2020 referendum on Nov. 5. If the referendum passes, the funding from SPLOST 2020 will play an important role in reducing income inequality and poverty in Athens. Income inequality and affordable housing are serious problems in Athens. According to The Red & Black, the Athens poverty rate is 28.4% after excluding students. The median income of Athens residents is $58,000, less than half the median income of UGA families, and 49.6% of Athens residents pay over 30% of their gross income on rent, placing a financial burden on many families. As the Brookings Institute explains, high levels of inequality can have a raft of negative effects, including fewer mixed-income schools that have better outcomes for lower-income students, a smaller tax base and higher prices of goods for low-income households. If the SPLOST 2020 referendum passes, however, the county could make progress in solving these issues. Former ACC Housing and Community Development Director Deborah Lonon said the county is targeting a monthly rent of approximately $800 per month in a January presentation on the SPLOST proposal. This rent would be about 16.6% of the gross median income in the county, which would reduce a burden on Athens residents who pay a higher share of their gross income on housing. This would provide residents with more money to buy other essential goods or to save. Further, studies have shown that affordable housing can increase equality in communities. For example, an Urban Institute analysis of 2013 Current Population Survey data adjusted by the Transfer Income Model found housing subsidies reduced income inequality. After adding housing subsidies to income, the Gini coefficient — a common measure of inequality — fell from 0.424 to 0.418 in the U.S. Though only one step, approving the SPLOST 2020 referendum
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If the SPLOST 2020 referendum is approved, $39 million in SPLOST funds could go to providing affordable housing. N A T A L I E D E K K E R / C O N T R I B U T O R could serve an important part in making the county a more equitable place to live. Indeed, greater access to affordable housing could offer Athens residents struggling from economic hardship a chance to find more stability and fairness in their community. Stroud Payne is a sophomore economics and political science major.
UGA students share thoughts about the ‘heartbeat’ bill Compiled by Stroud Payne During May 2019, Georgia lawmakers passed the controversial Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act. Commonly known as the “heartbeat” bill, the law prohibits pregnant women from getting an abortion once fetal cardiac activity is detected. This occurs roughly six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women realize they are pregnant. The law was originally set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, but U.S. District Court Judge Steve J. Jones blocked the legislation on Oct. 1. Following the new development, The Red & Black decided to ask University of Georgia students what they thought of the “heartbeat” bill.
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“Because I’m a Christian, I believe everyone has a soul created by God that’s precious … So I guess for me, personally, I’m generally against abortions, but I also understand there are so many traumatic experiences for these women who sometimes have to get abortions because that’s their only option.” Jonathan Schulz is a sophomore cell biology major.
“I thought it was very unrepresentative of the society to just debate on a woman’s body ... get the word on the situation of why girls get pregnant before they’re ready to have a baby … I felt bad because it was like they were trying to take off the topsoil without actually digging in to find out what the problem is.” Uzochi Agbanelo is a junior international affairs major.
“I think that [Georgia lawmakers] were overstepping the boundaries and the abilities that they had to decide for a woman … That’s not their business, so I’m glad that it was held up because it was borderline unconstitutional … And then the fact that they were messing with insurance and birth control and things like that. That’s not acceptable ... They’re just making it more dangerous for women because it’s still going to happen.” Jamie Ropelewski is a fifth-year genetics major.
“I have mixed feelings about [the bill]. Although I feel that a life should belong to an individual person, I feel that a woman should have control over what happens to her body and that legislation should not interfere with that decision because it should be a personal choice and not something dictated by legislation.” Amber Smith is a senior journalism major.
“I don’t really support government regulating what women do with their bodies to that extent. To me, that’s too aggressive. And it’s pretty asinine that [Georgia lawmakers] feel as though they have the right to do that. Also, when the people voting on it aren’t really a representation of women … Because most of them are older white men who are voting on it.” Gabrion Johnson is a senior financial planning major.
Clearing the smoke-filled backrooms Kemp’s Senate application requirement ensures transparency
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Stroud Payne Opinion Editor Following Sen. Johnny Isakson’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the year for health reasons, Gov. Brian Kemp began his search for a successor to fill Isakson’s Senate seat until next year’s special election with a nontraditional approach. Instead of simply appointing someone privately, he is requiring all interested candidates to submit a curriculum vitae or resume online. Anyone who meets the requirements to be a Senator can apply, and the applications are available to browse online. Kemp explained his decision on Twitter, saying he wanted to “ensure an open and transparent appointment process.” The move, though unusual, will keep the public informed and legitimize Kemp’s choice. It was easy enough to laugh as an influx of applications from candidates ranging in seriousness poured in. And, though the idea that everyone can apply for the seat is nice in theory, Kemp will probably select an already-established political figure, rendering it mostly useless for an average person to send in a resume. However, as time has gone on, a few clear benefits of Kemp’s decision have emerged. First, it reduces the likelihood of any corrupt practices. Governors in the past have used the opportunity to fill a Senate seat for personal gain. For example, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was accused of trying to sell the seat former President Barack Obama vacated after winning the presidency, leading to Blagojevich’s impeachment and removal from office. Further, forcing all candidates to publicly declare their interest in the seat allows the public to evaluate the candidates. Those seeking the seat must publicly declare their interest in the office and make a case as to why they should be chosen. Without the application process, potential successors to Isakson could privately lobby for the position without repercussions. Now, however, hopeful appointees must reveal their intentions, putting some in a difficult position. For example, as Greg Bluestein in the AJC points out, the newly-elected Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan would risk being seen as overly-ambitious if they applied for the Senate seat so early in their terms. Allowing the public to observe possible successors instills a sense of democracy to what would otherwise be a thoroughly opaque process. By maintaining transparency, Kemp has increased his pick’s legitimacy. This is critical because whoever is chosen will face what could be a highly-contested reelection campaign next year. As the incumbent candidate with the governor’s support, Kemp’s appointee will likely be the leading Republican candidate, so a candidate whom the public views as illegitimate could cost Republicans a Senate seat. No matter who eventually fills Isakson’s seat, Kemp’s choice will have major and wide-ranging political reverberations in Georgia. Through the Senate application process, however, Kemp has succeeded in providing some transparency to his decision-making.
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Culture The man behind the big screen
Doug Goodin, a junior political science and theater double major, can be spotted dancing on the Sanford Stadium video board at multiple home games. G A B R I E L L A
Nina Bayani Contributor When the video board at Sanford Stadium isn’t featuring plays made by the football players, fans have a chance to get featured on the big screen. Doug Goodin, a junior political science and theater double major from Americus, Georgia, has been featured on the video board multiple times at every home game, with the cheers of fans filling the stadium as he dances it out. Goodin’s fame on the big screen started during the 2018 football season. After being featured once, Goodin said he didn’t expect to see himself on the 52-foot screen again. However, Goodin got featured on the screen more and more. At one game, his sister counted him getting featured 13 times. “I noticed that one cameraman kept hanging around me. It was that point where I was like ‘OK, I guess this is a thing.’” Goodin said. This year, Goodin was featured on SEC Network’s Instagram. Goodin’s first moment of fame happened after the 2018 game against Georgia Tech. While he was getting food with his parents after the game, a stranger walked up to him asking for a picture. Now, Goodin will sometimes be late to class due to encountering many of his fans while walking around campus. “It’s kind of funny, cause I’ll know when people are making the connection, and I get the ‘Oh, are
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you that guy?’” Goodin said. his friends, sharing opinions on movies. He’s an When he’s not dancing Between the Hedgapprentice in the Ballroom Performance Group, es on gamedays, you can find Goodin involved his favorites being the East Coast swing or the in different activities both in and out of the cha-cha. spotlight. “People know him everywhere he goes,” said He will be in UGA Theatre’s production of Rebecca Benson, a junior communication sci“Niagara Falls” this year, which plans to open ences and disorders major who also knows Gooon Oct. 22. Goodin also acts din through BCM. as administrative assistant at For Goodin, he can trace his Hands In!, a nonprofit orgainspiration for the famous jumnization that produces shows botron dance moves to some entirely in American Sign Lan specific life experiences — his guage. Goodin is a member of friends at Schley County High On The Spot, a student-run School, his former cheerleadimprov group at the University ing coach of a mom and a popof Georgia. ular Miley Cyrus’ song. Combining his ASL skills “I accredit Miss Cyrus and theater background, Gooand her wonderful choice of din is also an ASL interpreter words,” Goodin said about for Baptist Collegiate MinisBRANDON REAVIS, UGA ALUM “Party in the U.S.A.,” speciftries, and has been involved ically the lyrics “moving my with the BCM-run Dinner Thehips like yeah.” atre shows every spring. After performing in preGoodin plans to be in attendance for the rest vious shows, Goodin will direct this year’s Dinner of the home games this season. While he tries to Theatre production. stay for the entire game, he’ll usually stay until “[Goodin] sat down and within five minutes fourth quarter to light up Sanford Stadium. Fans of knowing him, I knew he was a musical theater can find Goodin sitting near the UGA Paint Line, freak like I was, and we immediately bonded over with all of his other friends from BCM. our love for musicals, singing and dancing,” said “[Doug is] really fun to be around,” said BranJaci Hawkins, a senior chemistry major who met don Reavis, a UGA alum who also met Goodin Goodin through BCM. through BCM. “Whenever Doug walks into a It doesn’t end there. Goodin co-hosts the podroom, you can’t help but smile. He’s just one of cast “Some Jerks Who Talk About Movies” with those people.”
Whenever Doug walks into a room, you can’t help but smile.
Better brewing UGArden teams up with Creature Comforts for a new beer Lindsay Richman Contributor
Tulsi, the new beer created from the collaboration, is made from holy basil, which is grown at UGArden. G A B R I E L L A A U D I / S T A F F
Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is best known for its use in tea blends. While the medicinal plant has been used for thousands of years, beer drinkers can now find the herb in Creature Comforts Brewing Company’s newest saison, Tulsi, thanks to a collaborative project with UGArden — a community garden located in Athens and operated by the University of Georgia. UGArden’s herb program manager, Noelle Fuller, worked side-by-side with Creature Comforts to create Tulsi. The collaboration with UGArden began last winter when Fuller said Creature Comforts visited the farm with an interest in exploring ingredients to add to their beers. When the brewery’s representatives came to the garden, UGArden was sold out of many of its medicinal herbs due to its annual Holiday Market sale — except tulsi. UGArden creates its own line of teas and many of them are structured around tulsi, thus the abundance.
“I think they have a really strong initiative for supporting local and promoting local,” Fuller said. “I think that was part of it — they’re wanting to support farmers to grow things that want to grow in our area.” Fuller, who studied tulsi during her master’s degree research at UGA, suggested using the herb because it’s a medicinal herb that grows well in Georgia and is UGArden’s “signature plant.” Tulsi was originally found in Southeast Asia and is commonly used in India. Each piece of the plant has its own purpose — the flowers are best for treatment of bronchitis, the seeds are best for malaria and the whole plant can treat nausea or vomiting. The plant can also help with mental health such as stress and anxiety. This is not Fuller’s first herb-to-product creation. As the overseer of a student-run herbal products business, the UGArden Herb Program, she helps grow and dry medicinal herbs to sell to the community in the form of teas and other body products. UGArden hosts events like the Medicinal Herb Holiday Market where it sells products such as soaps, salves, lip balms, elderberries and new seasoning blends. The UGArden-inspired saison — known as a carbonated, fruity and sometimes spicy pale ale — launched on Sept. 28. It’s available on draft and in bottles for $14.99 per bottle at Creature Comforts. The brewery has been known for its collaborations from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels to a brewery in Athens, Ohio.
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Lab, supplementary fees to be eliminated next spring Savannah Sicurella Campus News Editor
The University of Georgia will waive all laboratory and supplementary course material fees beginning in the spring 2020 semester, according to an Archnews email sent to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 7. Ranging between $5 to $200 per course, approximately 450 courses at UGA charge fees to offset the cost of laboratory supplies or other equipment, according to a UGA Today news release. The fees go toward purchasing lab or supply kits, chemical lab consumables, licensing fees and other instructional aids. Some art students also pay a course material fee for paint, brushes and other art supplies. The elimination of course material fees removes a “po9:40tential PM financial barrier” for students, UGA President Jere Morehead said in the news release. On average, approximately 13,000-14,000 students pay $50 per semester in course fees, according to the release. Course material fees total between $1.2-$1.3 million annually, the release said. UGA has also attempted to curb textbook costs for students. In spring 2019, UGA began awarding “mini-grants” that totaled $50,000 to fund digital texts and other “affordable alternatives” to 14 faculty members in 10 academic units, the release said. The program, administered by UGA
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Included among this year’s judges were Brett Bawcum, Brandon Craswell, an associate professor of trumpet at UGA, and Philip Smith, the New York Philharmonic’s former principal trumpet. After everyone has performed, the judges deliberate for a few minutes before selecting six to 10 members to play the “Battle Hymn” a second time. While Borkovich, Hines, Mills and Perotto all played consistently and with “beautiful sounds,” Bawcum said their playing went beyond the notes on the page. “They all had their own unique interpretation of what the solo sounds like [and] they did something with it,” Bawcum said. While Borkovich, who was a soloist in 2017, said he didn’t practice “as much as he should,” Perrotto played the “Battle Hymn” close to 200 times, Mills at least 10 to 15 times each day and Hines “over and over again” in the time leading up to the audition. For Mills, a sophomore music performance major from Swainsboro, Georgia, being chosen as a soloist was the recognition of a long-held dream. “It was just the most nerve racking thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Mills said. “But after I found out that I got it, it was just this huge burst of excitement … I was so happy.” After he attended a game in 2013 and watched the Redcoat Band play, Mills was inspired to not only apply to UGA, but try out for the band. He performed the “Battle Hymn” twice at the Dawg Walk and will play at Sanford Stadium for the South Carolina game on Oct. 12. “I’m looking forward to touching … the hearts and minds of 90,000 fans,” Mills said. “It may be just 14 notes, but
it’s 14 of the most important notes I’ll play in my life.” Similar to Mills, it was while attending a Georgia game that Perrotto, a sophomore economics major from Augusta, Georgia, was first inspired to play the trumpet. Perrotto said both of his parents are dedicated UGA fans and would take him to games when he was young.
Becoming the soloist When he was in the first grade, Perrotto’s mother remembers him pointing to the “Battle Hymn” soloist and saying he wanted to be “that guy.” Despite playing the trumpet since fifth grade, Perrotto is still in disbelief at being chosen as a soloist. “It’s just hard to wrap my head around the fact that I was actually up there,” Perrotto said. “It’s just a crazy feeling, and I never really imagined … I would actually get it.”
It may just be 14 notes, but it’s 14 of the most important notes I’ll play in my life.
HUNTER MILLS, SOLOIST
Perrotto performed at the game against Arkansas State on Sept. 14 and will play at the matchup against Missouri on Nov. 9. Unlike her counterparts, Hines was originally an Auburn fan and didn’t
know about the “Battle Hymn” until she was accepted at UGA. Hines — a junior music education major from Carrollton, Georgia — began playing the trumpet while in middle school, and said she nearly cried when she found out. As this year’s only female “Battle Hymn” soloist, Hines said the experience is empowering. “I feel like it’s a really good thing for especially girl musicians to see,” Hines said. “I’m the only female in the trumpet studio … and it’s something that motivates me to be better. I want to give off a good image to support female musicians.” Hines also said being a Redcoat has been an “awesome” experience because of how the community welcomes and respects the band wherever they go. “Here, the band is so respected and they’re given so much support. And it’s just such a different atmosphere,” Hines said. “In high school, it’s really hard being in marching band, and I feel like we give them something to look forward to.” Hines performed at the season opener against Murray State, and will play again at the game against Texas A&M on Nov. 23. With 14 perfectly played notes, the “Battle Hymn” soloists carry on a pregame ritual that’s as integral to the gameday experience as the words which reverberate across the stadium in the minutes before kickoff. “I love the sense of school pride I get when everyone in the crowd starts pointing. It’s like they’re relying on you to convey the pride of the Bulldog nation,” Mills said. “My heart kind of fills with joy for what I’m doing. I really love my school, I really love being a Redcoat.”
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