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‘Fine since 1969’ UGA’s first African American sorority celebrates 50 years
Samantha Perez Staff Writer Set against the backdrop of a segregated south and a newly-integrated University of Georgia, eight students at UGA chartered the university’s first African American sorority in 1969. Backed by a powerful sisterhood and an alumnae network of over 600 graduates, the women of the Zeta Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta are celebrating 50 years of sisterhood, service and scholarship. The sorority created the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fortitude 1969 Scholarship in honor of the anniversary, and the UGA Foundation has pledged to match each $50,000 that is raised. The scholarship is part of the UGA Foundation’s Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program. The organization’s goal was to raise $100,000, which it exceeded before the event. The goal was then raised to $125,000. After this past weekend’s events, the scholarship campaign alone had raised $138,467.91. Combined with matching funds from the UGA Foundation, the campaign has raised about $238,000. In establishing the scholarship, DST hopes to “bring diversity to [UGA] and to provide need-based aid for underserved students who have overcome socioeconomic obstacles,” according to the scholarship description. The award will help students with “a reported family income less than tuition and fees.” DST, which has chapters around the world, was founded in 1913 at Howard University. It has since expanded to include more than 200,000 women.
58 years since desegregation When Charlayne Hunter-Gault became the first African American woman admitted to UGA in 1961, there was a lack of extracurricular opportunities for minority students. The first black UGA students were influential in creating organizations such as DST where members could “officially associate with, join or become a member of something greater than themselves,” said UGA
alumna and DST member Francene Breakfield, who served as co-chair of the anniversary’s activities this month. The founding members of Zeta Psi are referred to as “The Great Eight.” Jontyle Robinson is a DST sponsoring advisor and one of the women who helped the founders establish a charter at UGA. As a graduate student at UGA, Robinson had already been inducted into DST in 1966 at Clark Atlanta University. Robinson worked with the founders to bring the organization to campus. In 1968, Robinson partnered with her former Clark Atlanta classmate and DST member, Francine Rae Abbott, to begin the process. The two met with members of white sororities, who were willing to help, but were not open to letting DST participate in white sorority rush events. The founders used what they learned and began collaborating with the university. Beverly Johnson-Hood was one of the founding members of the chapter as an undergraduate student. Although the original members were not close friends before the chapter’s start, they knew of each other because “there was such a small percentage of black students on campus,” Johnson-Hood said. “We knew about the white sororities and fraternities but now there was a cohesive attempt for us to be of service to the local community as well as grow in our relation-
DST DETAILS ¼¼ The first DST chapter was founded in 1913 at Howard University ¼¼ The Zeta Psi chapter of DST was founded at UGA in 1969 ¼¼ The chapter was founded by eight women and has over 600 alumni ¼¼ DST celebrated its anniversary with a race and a scholarship campaign
Left to right: DST alumnae Jennifer Richardson, Francene Breakfield, L.D. Neicy Wells, Beverly Schembri. R Y A N C A M E R O N / S T A F F ships with other ladies,” she said. “It was a bonding opportunity for us.” Since its founding, Breakfield said the culture around UGA has changed. She is celebrating 25 years in the organization alongside L.D. Neicy Wells, the co-chair for this past weekend’s event. The pair call each other “line sisters,” meaning they were in the same pledge class. Breakfield said that while the percentage of African American students at UGA has not increased by a large amount, there is notably more diversity. Black students made up 7.7% of undergraduates as of fall 2018 — the U.S. Census estimated in 2018 that 32% of Georgians were black. “There are a lot more organizations on campus than were there when we were there,” she said. “[Black students] have so many more opportunities than we did.”
Anniversary celebrations In honor of their founding year, DST hosted a “iRun & Walk for the Health of It” 6.9K run and health fair event on Oct. 26 at Trail Creek Park with the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, the Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens and the ACC Health Department. According to Breakfield, the chapter has hosted the health fair for the past several years, though on a much smaller scale. The proceeds from the event benefited the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fortitude 1969 Scholarship. DST has made it a goal to get involved with its community since the beginning,
Breakfield said. “Members are heavily regarded as folks who are embedded in the political climate and working towards rights for women,” Breakfield said. Members of the local chapter share the same sentiment. DST plays an active role in the Athens community. It hosts the annual Miss Black University of Georgia Pageant, which raises money for the Kimberlee N. Chatmon Memorial Scholarship. In memory of the chapter’s first deceased member, the scholarship is awarded to a local high school senior each spring. The Zeta Psi chapter of DST received the NPHC Sorority of the Year Award during the 2005-2006 and 2011-2014 years. It was named Organization of the Year in 2014 at UGA’s H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis Student Organization Achievement and Recognition Awards. When reflecting back on the progress made since 1969, Robinson gives much of the credit to the “Great Eight” for fighting the political unrest that was prevalent throughout the state. Robinson quoted feminist Audre Lorde as she said that black women “were never meant to survive.” To her, 50 years on campus is proof of how hard members have fought to have a voice and to be recognized. “The circumstances surrounding our existence in America supports that we were never meant to survive,” she said. “And the fact that Zeta Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta lasted at the University of Georgia is stupendous.”
Family remembers Drury Shierling’s passion for philanthropy, environmental preservation UGA student died in an Oct. 16 car wreck at the age of 20 Gabriela Miranda Staff Writer At just 18 months old, former University of Georgia student Drury “Dru” Shierling was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer and underwent chemotherapy until he was about 2 years old. Shierling’s cousin, Mary-Margaret Fox, called his fight against the disease “a miracle.” Shierling’s childhood struggle pushed him to “pursue a great life,” Fox said. “He lived his life like every day was his last,” said Catherine Shierling, Shierling’s cousin.
Drury Shierling transferred to UGA in August and wanted to work in the nonprofit sector. C O U R T E S Y C A T H E R I N E S H I E R L I N G
Shierling was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Timothy erling family — family members said his move to Athens Road on Oct. 16. He was 20 years old. Raised in Leesburg, didn’t deter his connection with his siblings and relatives. Georgia, Shierling was driving when he was hit by another Known as a man who “put his family first” Fox said Shivehicle that was traveling too fast to “negotiate the curve” erling was close to his siblings. During the memorial serof the exit ramp, running over the center divider and crossvice, Talon Shierling said he “lost his role model and best ing into the southbound lane. friend.” Born on March 9, 1999 in Columbus, Georgia, Shierling is “I told Talon, ‘Dru can still be your role model. The great survived by his father, Marion Shierling, his mother, Rosa- way in which he lived his life, Dru’s a role model to all of lind Adams, and his siblings, Talon Shierling, 16, and Emma us,’” Fox said. Shierling, 14. To the Shierling family, Dru is rememIn August, Shierling completed a longbered as an avid traveler who “went whertime goal of transferring to UGA. He was ever there were trees and nature.” He was “ecstatic” and immediately immersed kind but outspoken about nature preser himself in programs within the universivation and often traveled to Colorado to ty. Shierling came from a proud family of enjoy hiking and the wilderness. Bulldog fans. Fox said Shierling pushed his family to Before transferring to UGA, Shierling follow in his footsteps and live their lives attended Georgia Southwestern State “connected to nature.” His battle against University in Americus, but “Americus cancer at a young age shaped his worldC AT H E R I N E S H I E R L I N G , couldn’t offer him what he needed,” Fox view. He became a vegan and voiced his COUSIN said. However, it was there where Shierconcern for preserving the environment ling found his passion for philanthropy and animal safety. and traveling. He studied abroad in Peru and Bulgaria. For Catherine, Shierling was there during her “most try“Many people spend their whole lives waiting to do great ing times.” and wonderful things, and he had done that in just a small “I plan to plant trees, exercise more, eat better and amount of time,” Fox said. spend time in nature to find myself closer to Dru and the A week before his death, Catherine said Shierling told life he wanted us all to lead,” Catherine said. “That is how his family he would be changing his major to international I will keep his memory alive.” affairs. He decided he wanted to work for a company such Fox’s six-year-old daughter and Shierling had a close relaas Habitat for Humanity or The Fuller Center for Housing tionship — Shierling “hung the moon” to her daughter, Fox and construct homes for homeless and low-income people. said. Shierling was an inspiration to everyone around him, When Shierling’s uncle — Catherine Shierling and Fox’s Fox said, and what she misses most are their conversations. father — passed away in April, Shierling was one of the first “There’s been so many days already where I just want to to lend a helping hand to the family, Catherine Shierling pick up the phone and call him,” Fox said. “I just want to and Fox said. He was known as a caregiver within the Shi- say ‘Hi’ again.”
He lived his life like every day was his last.
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Democrats and Republicans faced off in ‘Great Debate’
UGA proposed new dorm at Creswell Lot
Georgia-Florida rivalry game contract extended
Swimming and diving remained undefeated
Pouch Pies announced closure of brick-and-mortar
The Young Democrats of the University of Georgia and the UGA College Republicans answered questions related to the economy, immigration and other topics on Oct. 23. The parties agreed on the need to eliminate dependence on foreign energy supplies and performing background checks when buying guns. Each party had three members to debate in front of a packed crowd of about 350 spectators.
A proposal for a new UGA residence hall with ap proximately 525 beds was brought forth at the Oct. 15 Board of Regents meeting. The dorm would allow for incremental growth in UGA’s freshman class and extra living space during future renovations of residence halls. UGA plans to construct the dorm in the gravel parking lot east of Creswell Hall, where the old Bolton Dining Commons was.
Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry announced on Oct. 25 that the Georgia-Florida game will continue to be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville through at least 2023. The contract includes an option that would extend it through 2025. The extension comes after Georgia head coach Kirby Smart made a comment last summer about how moving the series to a home-and-home would be beneficial to recruiting.
The Georgia swimming and diving teams are 3-0 on the season after beating North Carolina and Duke on Oct. 25 and 26, respectively. Junior Courtney Harnish led the Bulldogs with 27 points and three individual wins against Duke just one day after notching wins in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle. On the men’s side, C a m d e n M u r p h y, G r e g Reed and Jack Dalmo lon won two events each against the Tar Heels.
Pouch Pies announced it will close at the end of October after spending five years at its Broad Street location in downtown. The meat pie eatery will now take on the retail industry with frozen pies which could be sold to other restaurants in Athens. The restaurant decided not to renew its lease due to the upcoming Target development, which would have been built in the lot next to the Pouch Pies shop.
Police Blotter finds unconscious man lying in front of residence halls
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An officer was dispatched to the area between Boggs Hall and Church Hall after a University of Georgia resident assistant called about an unconscious person around midnight on Oct. 18, according to a University of Georgia Police Department report. The officer made contact with the RA, who said he called because he was concerned the man was suffering from an alcohol overdose. The individual was lying unconscious on the ground in “disheveled” clothing with “one shoe on and one off,” according to the report. The officer woke the man up and asked what his name was. The man told the officer that he was from Indiana and had been in Indianapolis that night, according to the report. After the officer repeatedly asked about the man’s whereabouts that night, the man eventually said he had been at Double Barrel bar downtown, according to the report. Emergency medical services arrived on the scene and determined the man was in need of medical attention, according to the report. The man was transported to a local hospital and charges were declined due to medical amnesty.
AthHalf turns 10
¼¼Man This year marked the 10th anniversary of the AthHalf half marathon, with more than 2,000 participants winding their way through town early Sunday morning. AthFest Educates, which hosts AthHalf each year, uses the race to fund and support local arts education. The race was created to help the AthFest Music and Arts Festival, but AthFest Educates executive director Jill Helme said, “the board quickly decided to shift gears and use the revenue that’s being raised from the race to make the grants possible.” These grants are used to support music arts and education for kindergarten to eighth-grade youth. — Joshua Walker
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A police officer was working a gate at Sanford Stadium during the Georgia-Kentucky homecoming game when he noticed another officer dealing with an intoxicated individual around 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, according to a UGAPD report.
ARCH employee steals more than $4,500 A former employee of Athens Resource Center for Hope was recently accused of stealing money from the nonprofit organization by writing checks to herself from the company’s account between April 11 and May 9 of this year, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report. The suspect told an employee at an accounting firm the checks were for paying bills for ARCH, according to the report. The employee at the firm signed the checks before they were filled out, according to the report. The suspect then wrote the checks to herself, deposited them into her personal account and adjusted ARCH’s information in Quickbooks, the company’s accounting program. According to the report, the three checks were for $2,265.36, $1,500 and $800.
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The man was slurring his words, swayed while talking and had the smell of alcohol on his breath. According to the report, he was not able to speak in complete sentences. The man tried multiple times to give the officer his concealed carry permit instead of his student ID, according to the report. Officers told him he was too intoxicated to enter the stadium after he began to use expletives in the crowded space. The man then shoved an officer’s shoulder, according to the report. The man was handcuffed and arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer and transported to the Clarke County Jail.
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The Athens-Clarke County morgue will be located in the former ACC Animal Shelter building on Buddy Christian Way. K A T H R Y N
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No more makeshift morgue Athens Coroner’s office gets a dedicated facility Prior to 2008, the ACC coroner’s office relied on Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center to house deceased bodies. With PARMC needing more space, the hospital stopped letting the With Athens-Clarke County wrapping up concounty use their space for those purposes. After struction of its first dedicated morgue facility, that, Wilson used the basement of the funeral County Coroner Sonny Wilson is preparing to home to store deceased remains. move out of his current workplace — the baseDespite juggling the responsibilities of county ment of a funeral home. coroner and director of a funeral home, Wilson Since his election in 2008, Wilson has been perran and won unopposed in 2012 and 2016. Wilson forming his duties as coroner from the Bernstein retired from the funeral home in 2016, after jugFuneral Home. The former logling the Funeral Home and the cation manager of the home Coroner’s Office for eight years. from 1996 to 2016, Wilson has After his retirement, the fuan agreement with the funeral neral home continued to let home and has been able to use Wilson use the basement as the home’s basement to fulfill a courtesy, in what Bernstein his duties. general manager Billy Hendrix While Wilson can use the called “a gentleman’s agreebasement as long as he is coroment.” ner, he knew there would come “What [Sonny] did out of a time he would not be coroner the basement for the Coroner’s and a new arrangement would Office did not involve our staff, be needed. He worked out a B I L LY H E N D R I X , F U N E R A L our resources, our equipment,” plan with Mayor Kelly Girtz H O M E M A N A G E R Hendrix said. “We just allowed and the ACC Manager’s Office. the use of the space. We never “So I told them, ‘You got to received any kind of funds for the use of that think about a place to have deceased people go space or anything like that.” at the end of 2020,’” Wilson said. “‘Because you’re According to Hendrix, Wilson helped build not going to be at the Bernstein Funeral Home the business and left a “big void to fill” when he anymore if I don’t rerun or if I run and get beat. stepped down as director. Wilson was named You’ll have no place to take deceased persons.’ 2013’s Coroner of the Year by the Georgia CoroSo, that’s what prompted the building of the ner’s Association. morgue.” “[Wilson] was one of the best field director’s The new morgue will move into the former I’ve ever met; I’ve been in the profession for over ACC Animal Shelter Building at 150 Buddy thirty years,” Hendrix said. “He just has a serChristian Way. With $125,000 set aside in the vant’s heart.” budget, construction crews are wrapping up With Wilson moving out, Bernstein’s managerenovating the structure and construction of ment is considering using the basement for filing an additional 20-by-20 square-foot intake room. purposes, or modifying the space for cremation. According to ACC Facilities Administrator Beth As it stands, Wilson will run for re-election in Smith, construction is slightly behind schedule 2020 and has not heard of any challengers so far. and wasn’t able to meet its Oct. 31 deadline. To be eligible to serve as a county coroner in Now, the county is shooting to open the facility Georgia, candidates must: have been a resident for operation by mid-November. of the county for at least two years prior to qualifying for election, be a registered voter, be at History of the position least 25-years-old, have a high school diploma or Wilson moved to Athens from Gainesville, to bean equivalent certificate, be a U.S. and Georgia come the director of the Bernstein Funeral Home citizen, not have been convicted of a felony or in 1996. While acting as Bernstein’s manager, he any offense involving moral turpitude and comran for coroner in 2008 against then-coroner pleted a basic training course. Bobby Tribble. Foster Steinbeck Enterprise Reporter
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Moving forward The new morgue will reuse the county’s refrigeration units currently housed at Bernstein’s and install one new unit purchased by the county. All added together, the new morgue’s holding capacity for deceased bodies will triple the county’s previous capacity. In the new facility, the morgue and the coroner’s office will be housed under the same roof. The Mayor and Commission approved the request to build a morgue and allocated the $125,000 from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to build the property, Assistant County Manager Deborah Lonon said in an email. The FY20 budget has set aside $9,800 per year to maintain the general upkeep of the building. Lonon also stated that ACC worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ Mobile Construction Detail to modify the building. MCD workers are skilled, licensed and trained contractors who have previous construction experience, according to Lonon. Some of the crew members may have received training offered by the Georgia Department of Corrections, or from county correctional programs around the state. “This profession is somewhat of a ministry, you have to be called into it because you give up a lot of family time ... It’s 24/7,” Hendrix said. “There’s no such thing as a holiday in the funeral world. Sonny has dedicated himself to serve this profession as a whole.”
FUNERAL FACTS ¼¼ The ACC Coroner currently works out of the basement of a funeral home ¼¼ A permanent morgue will occupy the former ACC Animal Shelter ¼¼ Construction to convert the building costs $125,000 ¼¼ Sonny Wilson has been th ACC Coroner since 2008 and is the former director of the Bernstein funeral home
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Opinion Settling the score UGA’s position on the UGA-UF origin is untenable
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Stroud Payne Opinion Editor Every year, the University of Georgia and University of Florida football teams meet in Jacksonville, Florida, for the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” a game that’s often high-profile and high-stakes. The winner often goes on to win the SEC East division, with Georgia winning seven times and Florida winning 12 times since the divisions were established in 1992. However, despite the celebrated and well-documented history of the series, the rival schools curiously cannot agree on the number of games played. The debate, however, is futile. A quick glance at the past shows that Florida is clearly right Every year, CBS puts up a graphic of the series history showcasing the odd discrepancy. Georgia claims that the schools have played 97 times and that the Bulldogs hold a 51-43-2 edge in the series. Florida, on the other hand, believes the schools have played only 96 times, with the Bulldogs winning only 50 games. The dispute concerns when the series began. According to Georgia, the first game in the series occurred in 1904. In that game, Georgia beat a school called the University of Florida by a score of 52-0 in Macon, Georgia. However, this was not the modern UF.
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Fall 2019 Staff EDITORIAL The Bulldogs claim of the true series record does not match the history. A N N A
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Instead, this was one of Florida’s predecessor schools. According to the UF website, the school named the “University of Florida” that year was originally established in 1884 as the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, Florida. In 1903, the school was renamed the University of Florida. However, all public universities in Florida were abolished in 1905 by the Buckman Act so that they could be consolidated into a few schools, one of which is the modern UF. This history renders Georgia’s position untenable. The UGA library website says, “one could argue that whichever school or
UGA students share thoughts about keeping the UGA-UF game in Jacksonville Compiled by Stroud Payne Opinion Editor The Georgia-Florida rivalry is defined by tradition. Unlike most series, the annual series has taken place on a neutral field in Jacksonville, Florida, since 1933 with the exception of 1994 and 1995. On Friday, Oct. 25, it was announced that the city and schools reached a contract to keep the game in Jacksonville through 2023. As this season’s Georgia-Florida game rapidly approaches, The Red & Black asked UGA students how they feel about keeping the game in Jacksonville.
It’s obviously a big tradition to go St. Simons and then to Jacksonville for a lot of people, so I think it depends on who you are. Me, personally, I don’t usually make the trip, so I think it would be cool to see the game here in Athens. I just think it’s more accessible to more people to be able to buy the ticket in the $60 package. — Aaron Court is a junior finance major.
“I support [keeping the game in Jacksonville] just because I grew up in Brunswick, Georgia … so [the Georgia-Florida game] was really close to me … I wouldn’t be hurt if they moved it to other places just to make it easier for some fans to get to it … Especially if you live in North Georgia, that’s a long way to go, all the way to Florida, just for a game.” — Trevor Williams is a freshman management major.
“I feel like it’s okay if it’s [in Florida] just because of traffic … You don’t want safety issues. But at the same time, I do see how UGA could benefit from [bringing the game to Athens] because of the revenue that would come in from that huge game in the Athens area.” — Drehanna Smith is a freshman communications studies major.
“I fully support [keeping the game in Jacksonville] … Having it in Jacksonville just provides a really cool opportunity for all the students to be able to drive down to St. Simons and hang out … And I’ve gone the past few years, and it’s really been fun and exciting.” — Timothy Chapman is a sophomore management major.
“I support [keeping the game in Jacksonville]. I went last year and had so much fun. I loved it. I also have friends in Jacksonville, and I had a great time last time.” — Hannah Reuther is a sophomore genetics major.
city the team came from, it was representing itself as playing for the University of Florida.” However, that’s a poor argument. An institution cannot be represented by another institution simply because they share a name. Georgia should concede that the 1904 game does not count. Doing so would put to rest a long-running dispute and ensure accurate historical records for one of the premier rivalries in college football. Stroud Payne is a sophomore economics and political science major.
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On Oct. 8, a student accidentally shot himself in the leg in the student lounge of the Chemistry Building, according to a University of Georgia Police report. UGA Spokesman Greg Trevor said the student “unsafely handled the weapon out of the holster.” The incident highlights a crucial issue with House Bill 280, often called the “campus carry” law. Many students in Georgia do not know how to properly carry a gun. Georgia can fix this by requiring Georgians interested in carrying guns with them on college campuses to take a class on how to do so safely and per the law. Admittedly, adding restrictions to carrying guns may be controversial. Gun rights advocates often discuss the need to protect law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights. I believe this is reasonable. However, this is exactly why we need to be stricter on teaching the law and safety. Most students and faculty likely wish to follow the rules but do not understand the law fully. A basic training course will help them be safer and better informed. The current laws in Georgia are very lax. Any license holder 21 years or older can carry a concealed gun in most places on campus. Georgia does not require training A T L A N T A J O U R N A L - C O N on safe handling for guns STITUTION to obtain a carry permit. This is especially an issue for campus carry because many young people may not have much experience with handling guns, resulting in dangerous practices. Further, many students find the state’s campus carry policy confusing. Around a year after the policy was enacted, the 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia had eight violations in which someone brought a firearm into an unauthorized location. The University System of Georgia, which includes UGA, had 15 cases of campus carry violations during the same time, according to data the university systems provided to the AJC. These statistics only include the number of students caught, so the true number of violations could be much higher. In one striking case, a Southern Crescent Technical College student had a handgun in plain view. When ordered by a campus police officer to put it away, she cited a YouTube video in an unsuccessful attempt to prove she was following the law. Anecdotally, UGA students do not know certain provisions in the state’s campus carry policy. For example, people often are surprised to learn they cannot have a gun in any class with a high school student. Though campus carry still provokes heated debate, it would be much more effective if students were better informed on how to safely carry a gun on campus. Georgia must better educate gun-handling students on the law and safety techniques to minimize future danger.
USG had 15 cases of campus carry violations.
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THE RED & BLACK A5
Members of UGA Motorsports pose in front of their ChampCar at the organization’s garage in Driftmier Engineering Center. T R I S T E N W E B B / C O N T R I B U T O R
UGA Motorsports current ChampCar is being worked on at the organizations garage in Driftmier Engineering Center. T R I S T E N W E B B / C O N T R I B U T O R
Racing for results
team tests the car as many times it can around the Driftmier Engineering Center and its surrounding parking lots.
The ChampCar team is modifying a 1999 Ford Mustang for this year’s races. The first race was from Oct. 26-27 last weekend at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia, and the next race is in February at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Emerson Delonga, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, started the team after he met the CEO of ChampCar summer 2018, and the ChampCar team, which started this who told him the club could enter the race for free if it had fall. Both teams plan to compete twice this academic year. a UGA car worked on and driven by students. Where formula racing is about design and manufacturDelonga’s history with ChampCar extends to his father ing, ChampCar racing is about reliability and problem-solv- who raced in ChampCar when it was called ChumpCar. The ing, said Evan Kellams, a senior mechanical engineering purpose of ChumpCar was to buy a broken-down car, fix it major and the club’s president. up and see how long it lasted on the track. Formula racing In 2017, the ChumpCar World SeWhen the team was first established, ries adopted the name ChampCar it ran into a few problems building its Endurance Series, but the objective first car, Palmer said. However, the remains the same. team got online to find rough ideas The first day of the race was eight for how it should make the car’s parts. hours and the second day was seven The car was put together over a perihours; however, teams were limited od of about a year, from summer 2018 to two-hour stints where they had a to summer 2019. pit stop and a change of driver, De“That’s one of the most exciting longa said. The main priority for the parts of last year’s build,” Palmer race was safety, and the team plans said. “We could really do whatever we to make the car as fast as possible for wanted because there was no history.” E V A N K E L L A M S , U G A M O T O R the 14-hour race in February at Road According to Formula Society of SPORTS CLUB PRESIDENT Atlanta, said Robby McCool, junior Automotive Engineers rules, memmechanical engineering major. bers must change out the frame of Delonga wasn’t concerned with their car for every international competition. The design speed at the race because “the fastest car rarely wins,” and process started in August and will continue through most the goal is to see how many laps the car completes . of November. Other than the engine, brakes and a few misThe team completed about 50 laps on Saturday, Oct. 26 cellaneous parts, everything is completely designed and before it had to replace the clutch. The team had to tackle manufactured by the members, Kellams said. transmission problems on Sunday but were able to solve “It’s one of the biggest challenges getting that model into them in time for the second day of the race, Kellams said real life and everything fitting together,” Kellams said. “But in a text. it’s all student-done and we get some advice from profesDelonga said ChampCar also gives his team valuable exsionals and faculty but they don’t design anything for us.” perience, especially with all the reliability engineer jobs on This new car will be manufactured after Thanksgiving Handshake. break and ready to race in March at Kennesaw State UniThe hands-on manufacturing, designing and restoring versity’s Formula South Invitational. UGA Motorsports experience isn’t necessarily something students can get in will continue to test and manufacture until the end of May the classroom, so UGA Motorsports aims to provide that before competing at FSAE North in Hagersville, Ontario, for its students. But, Kellams also appreciates the pride Kellams said. that comes with it. Although the frame is the only required replacement, “I just love the fact that everyone on the team … can go Palmer said the team isn’t reusing a lot of parts from last up to the car and say, ‘That’s my car. I helped design that year’s car and will improve the car parts for this year. The and I helped build that,’” Kellams said.
University of Georgia Motorsports gives members experience they may not get in the classroom Anna Thomas Staff Writer In the week leading up to a race, University of Georgia Motorsports race team members rarely sleep, constantly working on their car for 12-15 hours a day. Daniel Palmer, a junior mechanical engineering major and the lead of the formula racing team, doesn’t mind because it brings his team closer together while it solves last-minute problems. The goal of the organization is to provide students with real experience in mechanical engineering. The race teams make this possible because students are given opportunities to build or restore a car using the processes they’ve learned in the classroom. “We’re trying to help our students be fully ready to get out into the workforce with technical skills as well as experience in real design situations that are just so valuable,” Palmer said. There are two different teams under the umbrella of the organization — the formula race team, which started in
The ChampCar team looks over details of its competition car. T R I S T E N W E B B / C O N T R I B U T O R
I just love the fact that everyone on the team ... can go up to the car and say that’s my car.
Football podcast cools down hot takes with stat-backed episodes Anna Thomas Staff Writer About three years ago, friends Nathan Lawrence and Justin Bray were at a group dinner when they came up with the idea for a podcast neither expected to actually go through with. As the duo bounced name ideas off each other for their non-existent project, their friend came up with the name “Chapel Bell Curve,” combining the University of Georgia Chapel Bell and the bell curve graph used in statistics. The podcast began in August 2017 with a goal to “take the heat out of hot topics.” By focusing on statistical analysis instead of emotion-based responses to how the Georgia Bulldogs football team plays week by week. The “Chapel Bell Curve” aims to serve as a platform for rational and smart responses, Lawrence said. Lawrence, an English teacher at Commerce High School and UGA Redcoat Band sousaphone instructor, felt the duo got lucky in the success of the podcast. If the 2017 Georgia football season hadn’t gone so well, he said the podcast might not have made it. Since Georgia was on a winning streak the first season of the show, the duo saw a rise in listeners. However, now in their third season of the podcast, Bray and Lawrence have noticed its listener number goes down after continuous wins, unless it’s a big game like Notre Dame. “Losses are good for the podcast, apparently,” Bray said. “It’s not something we’ve really had to experience much other than
really big games the last three years.” Lawrence became interested in the statistics side of football when he was in his high school marching band. He was required to stay for the duration of every game and figured he may as well know what happened on the field if he was forced to watch the high school’s team blowout the other opponents. In college, Lawrence was again forced to watch all the football games as a member of the UGA Redcoat Band. However during his time in the band, the Bulldogs were not so great. Sitting through losing games actually made him more interested in the statistics of football. Bray, the program manager of Books for Keeps, liked football but wasn’t as into the numbers behind the game as his co-host. Instead, he enjoys telling stories and podcasts have become his outlet to listen to and tell more of them. Gabe Rubinstein, a UGA biochemistry PhD candidate, loves how the show is driven by stats rather than statements about whether the offense or defense is good. He likes to see how the numbers play out and how Lawrence and Bray use the numbers to demonstrate or disprove fan narratives. Lawrence’s rants and banter with Bray is a big draw for those who listen. Since the duo were friends before the podcast, the two have undeniable chemistry and humor to flow easily throughout the show. Most of what people hear is how the pair is in real life, even if they put on a bit of a character for the show, Bray said. To stay true to themselves and the show, Lawrence said the duo follow the philosophy which got them where they are.
Nathan Lawrence (left) and Justin Bray (right) of the Chapel Bell Curve podcast. C A R O L I N E B A R N E S / S TA F F
“We’re just a couple of idiots who can read numbers and are saying stuff,” Lawrence said. Lawrence and Bray also focus on listener engagement. Every episode features a Q&A segment where they answer every question sent to them by listeners. They also host a live chat before they record the podcast with their Patreon subscribers. Abby Vincent Key, a Valdosta State graduate, par-
ticipates in all of the podcast’s live chats and stays on until the very end because she feels like the hosts always have something interesting to say. In the offseason, the podcast covers football news such as G-Day, postseason and recruiting with an occasional feature episode thrown in. The podcast isn’t about whether the Bulldogs win or lose, “it’s more about how we all felt and our experiences,” Bray said.
A6 THE RED & BLACK
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019
Lost in the SPLOST SPLOST 2020, which will be on the ballot on Nov. 5, includes controversial items such as the judicial center and Classic Center projects. J A S O N
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Athens community split on high-price projects for Nov. 5 referendum and services provided at other similarly situated public libraries in the county,” according to the project statement. The Clarke County Republican Party has endorsed a “no” position on the SPLOST 2020, while the Clarke County Democrats decided to endorse in favor of the SPLOST at its October committee meeting.
Evan Lasseter Contributor
TOP 5 MOST EXPENSIVE SPLOST 2020 PROJECTS
As the Special Local Option Sales Tax 2020 vote approaches, the referendum has drawn a variety of responses from members of the Athens-Clarke County community. ¼¼ Facilities Space Modernization: $77,900,000 ACC voters will vote on the SPLOST referendum on Nov. 5. SPLOST is a 1% sales tax municipalities can implement High-price projects ¼¼ Affordable Housing: $44,500,000 to fund local projects largely related to infrastructure and The Facilities Space Modernization project features the capital costs. If passed on Nov. 5, the local sales tax will highest price tag on the list, with a final budget of $77.9 mil¼¼ Classic Center Arena: $34,000,000 remain at its current 8%. The current SPLOST collection lion. This project is often referred to as the “judicial center.” period will end on March 30, 2020, and SPLOST 2020 colThe Facilities Space Modernization project will use fund¼¼ SPLOST Bond Debt Service: $16,000,000 lections would begin the next day, if passed. ing to “provide expanded modern space for community, SPLOSTs have passed easily in ACC. The 2018 Transporgovernmental, and judicial functions currently provided at ¼¼ Renewable Energy Project: $15,810,000 tation SPLOST passed with 97% of the vote in November the existing historic Courthouse and annex,” according to 2017, according to Georgia Secretary of State data. the initial project statement. Multiple judges have said the An education SPLOST referendum was also passed in current courthouse, which was constructed in 1913, needs November 2011 with 74% of the vote. safety and security renovations. at $44.5 million. The final project list for SPLOST The initial project statement also At its Oct. 1 meeting, the Mayor and Commission passed 2020 features 37 projects. The Mayor addresses the construction of approxa memorandum of understanding with the Athens Housing and Commission appointed community imately 142,000 square feet of building Authority stating $39 million of SPLOST money will go tomembers to the 22-member Citizens Adspace for additional courts and a sepa- ward the renovation and redevelopment of Bethel Homes visory Committee, which then provided rate holding space for juvenile detainas part of the North Athens Project if the referendum passa finalized list of recommended projects ees. The statement also includes vague es. The $39 million would come out of the $44.5 million Afto the Mayor and Commission in the language stating the space could profordable Housing Project budget. spring. vide “related functions such as deterThe MOU was passed after the final project list was apThe most expensive projects include mined to be necessary for an effective proved by the Mayor and Commission in July. the Facilities Space Modernization Projand modern judicial space.” The final project budgeted at greater than $30 million ect for the courthouse and its annex, Irami Osei-Frimpong, an A4E memis the Classic Center Arena project, with a price tag of $34 the Affordable Housing project that ber that wrote the “vote no” essay for million. T R A C Y D A V E N P O R T, C I T I Z E N would fund the redevelopment of Beththe group’s website, said although the Though the SPLOST CAC did not include the project on ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER el Midtown Village via the North Athens current judicial center is not in great its final recommendation to the Mayor and Commission Downtown Development Project and shape, “I just don’t think that’s where on April 22, the commission approved it at a special called the Classic Center Arena project. we should be putting all our treasure and time.” session on July 18. These high-price projects — all more than $30 million Shirley believes the money should be invested in a brand Davenport said he did not like the arena project’s late each — have caused community members the most hesi- new facility because the current conditions are “not digni- addition, while funds for the Gaines School Youth developtation in supporting SPLOST 2020. fied for all of the stakeholders” in the criminal justice proment final project, now known as the East Athens Youth & cess, from witnesses and lawyers to victims and families. Community Enrichment Facilities project, were decreased. Varied opinions The second highest-priced project on the list accounts The Gaines project was budgeted at $15.5 million on the Davenport, a member of the CAC from District 9, said he is for the North Athens Project and redevelopment of Bethel CAC’s recommendation list, but the East Athens project skeptical of the Facilities Space Modernization, Affordable Midtown Village, in addition to other unspecified affordable is budgeted at $4 million on the Mayor and Commission’s Housing and Classic Center Arena projects. He was uncer- housing initiatives. The project’s final budget cashes out final project list. tain about how the judicial center and affordable housing projects would affect the African American community. “I don’t feel like [the selected projects] did a good enough job building equity to under-served communities,” said Davenport. Davenport said he felt like there was an “illusion of inclusion” and the “perception of equity” but the list ultimately falls short. On Oct. 23, Davenport said he will not vote in favor of SPLOST 2020. While Davenport is not supportive of the SPLOST 2020 project list, he said he appreciates the diversity on the CAC, which he said included seven African American members. Even those typically on one side of the issue are split on the decision. Local progressive group Athens for Everyone traditionally endorses a decision on the SPLOST, but the A4E Board of Directors chose not to take a position this time around, stating on their website the vote is a “complicated one” with a “mix of good and bad on the ballot.” Adam Shirley, a member of A4E and the CAC, wrote an essay published on the A4E website explaining why people should vote in favor of SPLOST 2020. Shirley went into the CAC process skeptical of SPLOST due to the tax’s regressive nature, as sales taxes disproportionately affect low-income residents. Shirley said SPLOST is a way to get “economic gain from the activity generated by the University [of Georgia].” UGA does not pay property taxes, but SPLOST will benefit from the money students spend locally. The project Shirley said he is most excited about is the East Side Public Library project. The project would create “a full-service library consistent with the level of resources The Classic Center project was added to the SPLOST 2020 list after the CAC submitted its recommendations. G A B R I E L L A A U D I / S T A F F
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THE RED & BLACK A7
The Georgia defense remains the only team in the FBS to have not given up a rushing touchdown this season. C H R I S T I N A
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Getting defensive Kirby Smart wants more from statistically dominant defense entering top-10 matchup with Florida Augusta Stone Assistant Sports Editor Azeez Ojulari took advantage of Georgia’s off date before Florida. The outside linebacker went home to Marietta, Georgia, for the weekend, watched LSU defeat Auburn and rested his body. Georgia traditionally has an open date before its annual trip to Jacksonville, Florida. This year, it came at a perfect time, as the defense reset after holding Kentucky to 177 offensive yards and no points on Oct. 19. The Bulldogs’ second shutout of 2019 was their eighth consecutive game allowing 30 points or less. “[The bye week] was very much needed for us,” Ojulari said. “We have things we can always work on and improve on, and we did that in this bye week. We had time to rest a little bit and get our bodies back right.” An integral factor in Georgia’s havoc-wreaking defensive goals, Ojulari leads the Bulldogs with 3.5 sacks and 24 total quarterback pressures. Georgia remains the only team in the nation which has yet to give up a rushing touchdown. It’s ranked first in the Football Bowl Subdivsion in red zone defense, fifth in scoring defense and
seventh in total defense. Opponents have scored only six times in the red zone and average 10.6 points per game and 266.7 yards per game against the Bulldogs. But head coach Kirby Smart still isn’t impressed. “Walking around, whistling by the graveyard that everything is fine and we’re just OK, and we’ve got good defensive numbers — That’s not the case when you watch the true integrity of it,” Smart said.
We’re in the driver’s seat if we win this game.
J.R. REED, GEORGIA SAFETY
Smart was especially displeased with Georgia’s performance against Kentucky. Despite the fact that the Wildcats were held to two completions for 17 yards, lost a fumble and went 3-for-13 on third down, Smart said it wasn’t enough. “When you watch that tape, there’s a lot more
concern,” Smart said. “If you went to a coach and said ‘Watch this game,’ they would come in and say, ‘That is atrocious.’ Tackling, fits, eye discipline, leverage, blockers.” Senior safety J.R. Reed expects to be tested by Florida quarterback Kyle Trask and the Gators’ receiving corps of tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receivers Freddie Swain, Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes. Together, the four pass catchers account for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Gators. “There’s just so many of them,” Reed said. “You never know where the ball’s gonna go. Like some teams, we knew the ball [was going to] go to one receiver or one running back, but they have so many weapons out there.” Reed said games like the upcoming matchup against Florida are why players come to the SEC, and he fully understands the implications of this year’s meeting — the second consecutive game where both Georgia and Florida are ranked in the Associated Press top 10. “We just know whoever wins this game [will] most likely win the East,” Reed said. “That’s what history says, and we’re in the driver’s seat if we win this game to go to the SEC championship and whatever else we want.”
SWIM AND DIVE
Passing the torch Neil Versfeld carries Olympic legacy into first year as associate head coach William Newlin Contributor On Aug. 8, 2008, Georgia breaststroker Neil Versfeld was over 7,000 miles away from the lanes of Gabrielsen Natatorium. One of 10 Bulldog swimmers to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, he listened from the athletes village as the opening ceremony thundered nearby. Versfeld — now in his first year as an associate head coach for the Bulldogs — was scheduled to swim the next day. Rather than joining his fellow Olympians in the Parade of Nations, he watched the display from an impromptu screen set up in the village, about two miles from Beijing National Stadium. On the same summer night, Georgia
He knows the sacrifices it takes. I think he’s [going to] be a great coach.
JACK BAUERLE ON NEIL VERSFELD
swimming and diving head coach Jack Bauerle was also in the Olympic Park. Selected to lead the U.S. women’s swim team at the 2008 Games, he marched with his countrymen as 90,000 onlookers roared between the woven steel walls of the Bird’s Nest. “[That was] singularly the best thing I’ve ever experienced, walking behind our flag,” Bauerle said. Versfeld swam under the banner of his native South Africa back in 2008. This meant that unlike other Georgia Olympic representatives, including All-Americans Allison Schmitt, Kara Lynn Joyce and Gil Stovall, Versfeld couldn’t benefit directly from Bauerle’s familiar leadership on the world stage. He still felt Bauerle’s support through brief conversations in the village and his presence during warmups and swims. These boosts helped Versfeld achieve a personal best and set the African record for the 200-meter breaststroke. He missed competing in the final by .31 seconds.
A wide-eyed newcomer Versfeld and Bauerle’s relationship began a few years prior to the Olympics, when one of Versfeld’s coaches in South
Africa highly recommended Bauerle and his Bulldogs as a solid program to develop a breaststroker of his caliber. Georgia’s reputation was made known to club coaches in South Africa after Bauerle recruited Sarah Poewe, an Olympic breaststroker from Cape Town who went on to swim at Georgia. Pursuing the recommendation, Versfeld landed in Athens in January 2005, where he said it took him a couple months “with wide eyes” to find his footing in an SEC university setting. Versfeld’s adjustment was tested
almost immediately. In April 2005, the 20-year-old suffered the loss of his mother who, with his dad and sister, was still half a world away in Umhlanga, South Africa. Bauerle and the rest of his coaches helped Versfeld navigate the double challenge of moving and coping with his mother’s passing. “His transition was as smooth as any athlete I’ve had,” Bauerle said. “He grew up exponentially during that time.” S E E V E R S F E L D PAG E A 9
Jack Bauerle (left) and Neil Versfeld (right) traveled to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. R Y A N CAMERON/ S TA F F
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A8 THE RED & BLACK
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
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 6 Florida
No. 7 Oregon at USC
No. 9 Utah at Washington No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis Staff records
The Red & Black football writers and editors make picks for this weekend’s games.
Georgia not concerned about offense ahead of Florida game Myan Patel Football Beat Writer Head coach Kirby Smart and the rest of the Georgia football program aren’t worried about their offense. Against Kentucky and South Carolina, the Bulldogs’ flaws were exposed. After a collapse against the Gamecocks and an ugly win over the Wildcats, the offense has offered more concern than confidence. Georgia ranks No. 62 nationally in passing offense. “I think 50% of [the passing woes against Kentucky] would be due to conditions,” Smart said in a teleconference on Oct. 23. “It was the biggest struggle. It was just tough for anybody to palm a ball and throw a ball and effectively catch it.” The Bulldogs have relied on the running attack to fuel the offense. However, even that has been largely one-dimensional. Junior D’Andre Swift accounted for nearly 72% of Georgia’s rushing offense against Kentucky and South Carolina. Senior running back Brian Herrien can provide a boost to Georgia’s offense, but he missed the South Carolina game with back spasms. He said that afternoon was an anomaly. “I feel like it was just one game,” Herrien said. “We have to execute, of course … Watching that game, sometimes we weren’t focused enough, or sometimes we were complacent about
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm falls at No. 73 nationally with 1,406 passing yards. G A B R I E L L A A U D I / S TA F F
who we were or what we were doing.” When asked about the offensive woes and offensive coordinator James Coley’s performance, Smart deflects. He cites the lack of explosive plays, turnover margin and other metrics the Bulldogs watch closely. Fromm retains some control over play calling at the line of scrimmage. “The [coaches] trust [Fromm] a lot, and he’s super smart and knows how to put us in the best position possible,” tight end Eli Wolf said. “He’s got some flexibility, not total power.” Now the Bulldogs clash with Florida in a game that will likely determine
the winner of the SEC East. Florida is fourth in rushing defense and third in scoring defense in the SEC. Fromm will be tested again. The Gators’ defense has an SEC-best 12 interceptions, but the Bulldogs are focused on looking forward. “Our whole team is looking at the opportunity to play a top-10 team in Jacksonville regardless of how we have played or what we have done offensively, defensively, or special teams,” Smart said. “You’re always looking forward to playing a top-10 team that’s a really well coached, good football team.”
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Tier one: LSU, Alabama It’s time to start the countdown to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. No. 1 LSU outlasted a strong Auburn team in Death Valley to remain undefeated. Joe Burrow’s Heisman campaign is growing, too. The Tigers are one of the most complete teams in the country. No. 2 Alabama dominated Arkansas even without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had an ankle procedure last week, but it’s still unknown if he’ll be back for the showdown with LSU. Both teams are on a bye this week and poised for another instant classic when they meet in two weeks at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. — Myan Patel
Tier two: Florida, Georgia, Auburn Florida and Georgia are on a collision course to Jacksonville, Florida, where the winner will likely take the SEC East crown. Both the Bulldogs and Gators are coming off a bye week to refresh before the faceoff. Georgia comes into the rivalry game with a lot to prove offensively after two rough performances in a loss to South Carolina and a slow start against Kentucky. Florida will seek to continue its undefeated record in SEC East play. Auburn lost a close matchup against LSU in Death Valley but is likely to bounce back this week as the Tigers host Ole Miss on Saturday. — Augusta Stone
Tier three: Texas A&M, Kentucky Texas A&M defeated a weak Mississippi State team this weekend and will head into a two week stretch of winnable games. Following this, the Aggies will face both Georgia and LSU in back-to-back games and will most likely be stuck at the third or fourth spot in the SEC West for the remainder of the season. Kentucky has had its down moments, but its defense was lights out against Missouri and quarterback Lynn Bowden ran for 204 yards. The Wildcats will play Tennessee after a week off. — Anna Glenn Grove
Tier four: Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri
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Who saw this coming? Tennessee has managed to claw its way up to the top of tier four after starting the season with two embarrassing losses to Georgia State and BYU. Tennessee held South Carolina to zero points in the second half to complete a comeback victory on Oct. 26 against a team that beat Georgia. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw for 229 yards but broke a bone in his hand. With the loss, South Carolina slips from tier three to tier four. Missouri has suffered two losses in a row after starting the season 5-1. The Tigers still rank No. 10 in the nation in total defense. — Henry Queen
Tier five: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas Ole Miss and Vanderbilt both had a bye week and had no chance to make their way up the rankings. Mississippi State fell to Texas A&M 49-30 but still has a chance to feature in a bowl game with three winnable games left on its schedule. Arkansas is the worst of the bunch and the only SEC team without any in-conference wins this season. With LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri left on the schedule for head coach Chad Morris and the Razorbacks, don’t expect that to change. — Andy Walsh
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THE RED & BLACK A9 The Georgia defense has forced nine turnovers this season, which ranks No. 13 in the SEC. GABRIELLA A U D I / S TA F F
Through the magnifying glass Turnover battle even more important against Florida, Smart says Henry Queen Sports Editor Tyrique McGhee hasn’t started a game and only has two tackles this season. But last year, the defensive back was one of the main factors behind Georgia’s 36-17 win over Florida. He intercepted Feleipe Franks — Florida’s quarterback at the time — and stripped the ball out of Franks’ hands at the goal line in the third quarter. Georgia forced a total of three turnovers and didn’t give up any of its own against the Gators in 2018. It’s part of a larger trend. In three of the
past four years, the winner of the Georgia-Flori- gia’s loss to South Carolina, but running back D’Andre Swift still has zero fumbles in his career. da game has also won the turnover battle. “[Limiting turnovers] is a major key,” Swift For the second consecutive year, Georgia and Florida are both ranked in the top 10 of the As- said. “When you don’t turn the ball over, you sociated Press poll at the time of their matchup. have a good chance of winning.” Bulldogs’ head coach Kirby Smart said turnDuring the bye week, Swift and the rest of the overs are even more important in games like offense worked with the defense on limiting turnthis one. overs. “It’s harder to overcome “You have guys running a minus-one or minus-two around with two balls,” turnover margin if the outside linebacker Azeez games were evenly matched Ojulari said. “We try to rip across the board,” Smart it out. We try to poke it out.” said. Georgia’s defense will try But winning the turnover to repeat last year’s performargin hasn’t always equatmance against Florida. Mced to success in close games Ghee might not be on pace in 2019. In the 18 matchups to make a difference, but his that included at least one teammate J.R. Reed has alSEC team and were decided ready proven he can make by seven points or less, the J . R . R E E D , G E O R G I A S A F E T Y big plays in big games. In team that won the turnover Georgia’s win over Notre margin won seven games Dame on Sept. 21, Reed and lost six. Five of the 18 had an interception in the games had an even turnover margin. fourth quarter to end the Irish’s drive. This year’s Georgia-Florida game could very On the other side, the only two undefeated teams in the SEC — Alabama and LSU — also well come down to a similar situation. “It’s an amazing feeling,” Reed said. “It’s not have the best turnover margins. Florida is tied for third, while Georgia ranks eighth out of the just the savage pads. It’s [about] bringing the whole team together and everyone celebrating 14 teams in the SEC. Jake Fromm threw three interceptions in Geor- [a forced turnover].”
It’s not just the savage pads. It’s [about] bringing the whole team together.
VERSFELD: Beyond Beijing Neil Versfeld won the NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke while at Georgia in 2009. Versfeld also competed in 2006 and 2007 for the Bulldogs. CREDIT/ UGA SPORTS COMM.
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Versfeld spent a lot of time in South Africa once the 2005 spring semester ended. He didn’t participate in a college meet until January 2006. To cap off a short season, Versfeld qualified for and swam in the 2006 NCAA championships, posting the eighth-fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke. At the same event in 2007, he had trimmed his time by 2.5 seconds and finished fourth. Come fall 2007, Bauerle made the difficult decision to redshirt his breakout breaststroker in preparation for the Olympic trials, which conflicted with the NCAA Championships in March. But Versfeld brought the confidence he gained at
the 2008 Games into his senior year at Georgia. “The college system can be a challenge mentally coming from that kind of high,” Versfeld said. “But I was able to prepare myself for it, and it was great to come back and hit the ground running.” That momentum rolled Versfeld to an individual victory in the 2009 NCAAs, where he shed three seconds and set a new record for the 200 breaststroke. He described the moment as equally palpable to his racing in the Beijing Games.
The Olympian returns Since graduating in 2009, Versfeld has found his new niche in the coaching world.
After traversing the Atlanta club swimming scene, Versfeld earned a position as an assistant coach for Georgia Tech in 2014. But he was ready for his career to come full circle. ¼¼ Began his coaching Bauerle, meanwhile, was aware career with the of Versfeld’s move from the waSeals Swimming ter to the pool deck. For the head Club in South Africa coach, it was a question of when, rather than if, his former protégé ¼¼ Coached at Georgia would make his way back to AthTech for four years ens. The timing worked out when before coming back associate head coach Harvey to Athens Humphries retired in July 2019. “I got real excited once Jack ¼¼ Married to former approached me and said this Georgia swimmer could be an opportunity,” VersMichelle McKeehan feld said. “No questions asked.” By the end of July, Versfeld had been announced as the new associate head coach at Georgia. From specific technique changes to mid-meet advice, Versfeld shares the perspective he gained from a career of consistent improvement and elite experiences with the current team. “Harvey promised us we would get someone great to come in,” sophomore breaststroker Jack Dalmolin said. “We were really excited for that, especially the breaststrokers, because [Neil] was just amazing here.” But it’s different now for Versfeld. He’s no longer the one in the pool. Come meet time, Versfeld has to step back and hope his expertise translates into quality swims by his new pupils. It’s a nerve-wracking prospect for someone so used to getting the job done himself. Bauerle’s Olympic squad won the most medals of any women’s swim team at the 2008 Summer Games. Versfeld may not have assisted in that triumph, but he remains immersed in the same liquid legacy. “[Neil] has instant credibility,” Bauerle said. “He knows what it’s about to be really good. He knows the sacrifices it takes. I think he’s [going to] be a great coach.”
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Unleash the beasts Athenians dressed up in their best Halloween costumes and flooded the streets during the Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle on Saturday, Oct. 26. The parade began in 2009, but this is the first time it did not occur on the same weekend as the Georgia-Florida football game. Live music and spectators lined the streets of the parade, and people stopped to sing and dance along. At the end of the parade, attendees danced to DJ music and watched performances by aerial artists until a light rain began to fall an hour into the event. P H OTO S B Y G A B R I E L L A A U D I / S TA F F ( 2 , 4 , 7 ) AND TRISTEN WEBB/CONTRIBUTOR (1, 3, 5, 6)
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LIGHTING UP THE TOWN: LYNDON HOUSE LANTERN PARADE Erin Wasserman Contributor Inspired by different lantern festivals around the Atlanta area, Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) are collaborating with the Latin American Caribbean Studies institute for the city’s first lantern parade. On Nov. 1, people can join the Lantern Parade with flashlights, paper bags or custom made cloth lanterns. The only requirement is all lanterns must be powered by a flameless source, according to the event’s Facebook page. “The definition of what makes a lantern is very fluid. Basically bring something that lights up,” said Lauren Fancher, ATHICA board president. In preparation for the parade, Lyndon House Arts Center hosted a lantern making workshop on Oct. 13 at Creature Comforts Brewery for participants who wanted help with their designs. “The idea is to feel the beauty of the lights,” Francher said. The collaboration with the Latin American Caribbean Studies institute will bring a showcase of the Tonalli Danza Folklórica Mexicana dance troupe who will be leading the parade. Bringing a vibrant appreciation for Mexican culture, the Tonalli Danza Folklórica Mexicana dance troupe will perform a mix of traditional folk dances from ¼¼ When: 7-9 p.m. different states in Mexico, including the Bru¼¼ Where: Lyndon House ja dance. This classic Arts Center dance includes one or several women holding ¼¼ Price: Free a candle while dancing and then moving it to the crown of their heads. While the parade is not being classified as a Day of the Dead event, it falls on the Mexican holiday and gives the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute a space to educate and celebrate. “This is a neat opportunity to highlight an important tradition in Latin America while being fun and educating for the kids and parents,” said Paul Duncan, the coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. This inaugural celebration, finally coming after last year’s postponement due to rain, begins at 7 p.m. at the Lyndon House Art Center and ends at the Leathers Building on Pulaski Street.
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Rooftop: Retrograde will perform throwback tunes. When: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Where: Georgia Theatre Price: $5
Pre-show: 80APE & Wiley from Atlanta will perform. When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Where: The Caledonia Lounge Price: $8
Performance: The group will perform a psychedelic rock lineup. When: 8 p.m. Where: The Foundry Price: $10
Boybutante: Miss Thing and Peter Dale will host the annual Drag Brunch. The event is offering two seatings this year at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: The National Price: $25
Dress-up: The event includes a costume contest, fashion show and live DJ performances. When: 5-10 p.m. Where: Creature Comforts Brewery Price: Free entry
Emo: The emo-punk group will perform for its Forever Emo Tour. When: 7-10 p.m. Where: 40 Watt Club Price: $26-$31
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Food drive: Join others and sort donations to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. When: 8 a.m. Where: 2910 Atlanta Highway Price: Free
Exercise: Wear yoga gear or a costume to this music-filled yoga class. When: 6-7 p.m. Where: M3Yoga Price: $5-$10
DAWGS AFTER DARK Halloween: University Union will host a showing of “IT” and pumpkin decorating. When: 8-11 p.m. Where: Tate Student Center Price: Free for students, $5 for general admission
NANOWRIMO KICKOFF PARTY Writing: Kick off National Novel Writing Month with inspiration from other aspiring local authors and snacks provided by the bookshop. When: 6 p.m. Where: Normal Books Price: Free
TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY Series: Part of a four-part, bi-monthly series, local Athens groups including White Rabbit Collective will take on Bob Marley tracks. When: 7-11 p.m. Where: Hendershot’s Price: Free entry
Music: The local comedy group will perform as a part of the Legends of The Fall series. When: 4-7 p.m. Where: Georgia Theatre Price: $5
QUAINT! LGBTQ: The Cottage will host an artistic approach for healing for LGBTQ advocates and survivors. When: 1-5 p.m. Where: Caledonia Lounge Price: Free entry
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Singer: The folk singer will perform as a part of ACC’s Live at the Library series. When: 3-4 p.m. Where: Athens-Clarke County Library Price: Free
Knitting: The event supports Athens Area Homeless Shelter with live music and henna tattoos. When: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Where: 425 Barber St. Price: $10-$30
ANNIE LEETH Music: Loner, Ohmu and SOOTHSAYER will perform alongside violinist Annie Leeth. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: The World Famous Price: $3
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