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Stacey Abrams reassures supporters at her election watch party at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 7.  H U N T E R R I G G A L L / S T A F F

Brian Kemp smiles while giving a preemptive victory speech around 2 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Kemp had a majority of votes, which has grown slimmer since.  M I R A N D A D A N I E L / S T A F F

KEMP CLAIMS VICTORY, ABRAMS CONTESTS Abrams campaign insists there are thousands of uncounted ballots

Staff Reports Republican leaders in the state are already congratulating Brian Kemp, whose campaign claimed victory in the tight gubernatorial race around 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. His Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams still refuses to concede. The announcement came half an hour after the Secretary of State Office, headed by Kemp, suggested he do so. Around 4:30 p.m., the Secretary of State’s Office said there were 3,000 non-provisional ballots and 22,000 provisional ballots left to be counted. On a conference call two hours after Kemp’s declaration, Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said Abrams needs about 23,000 votes for a recount or 25,000 for a runoff. She listed multiple issues that may have caused these votes to not be counted yet, most which have to do with absentee and provisional ballots. Groh-Wargo again called on Kemp to resign and demanded he release data about

uncounted votes “before the sitting Secretary of State crowns himself governor.” Abrams’ campaign is assembling a litigation team and is “leaving no stone unturned,” Groh-Wargo said. Ryan Mahoney, communications director for Kemp’s campaign, claimed the election to be over and denied the possibility of a potential runoff, which would only happen if neither candidate received a majority of votes. As of press time, Kemp holds 50.3 percent of the votes cast, while Abrams trails him with 48.7 percent of the votes. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz received 0.95 percent of the votes. A record-breaking number of Georgians

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The results are clear: Brian Kemp is the Governor-elect. AUSTIN CHAMBERS, KEMP ADVISER

turned out to the polls for the midterm elections, capping at more than 3.9 million voters, which is 61.14 percent of registered voters. “This election is over. The votes have been counted,” said Austin Chambers, a Kemp adviser, according to the Atlanta- Journal Constitution. “And the re sults are clear: Brian Kemp is the governor-elect.” Kemp preemptively gave a victory speech to his dedicated supporters who remained at his watch party in The Classic Center past 2 a.m. on election night, a speech that made sense at the time considering his slight lead in the vote counts. He thanked his family for support and

expressed gratitude for the prayers that helped him battle “the radical left” and “the fake news.” Kemp thanked the voters for coming out to the polls, not just in the midterm elections but in the May primaries and Republican runoff in July. “There are still votes to be counted, but we have a very strong lead … We are waiting for the final results, but I am confident that victory is near,” Kemp said. Just 70 miles west, Abrams announced her refusal to concede in the tight race around 2 a.m. at her own party at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. “Votes remain to be counted,” Abrams said. “We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach, but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard.” The lack of definitive results for this race doesn’t come as a surprise considering the amount of controversy surrounding both major party candidates. The Democratic Party repeatedly accused Kemp of voter suppression, resulting in several subsequent lawsuits.

GOP incumbents ward off challengers Staff Reports With such a confident Democratic Party going into the midterm elections, Georgia liberals will be a little more dejected this week, while Republican supporters bask in the continuation of conservative leadership in Georgia. Though Democrats have taken back the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans remain in control of the Senate, Georgia General Assembly and other statewide positions. Here’s everything you need to know about who will represent ACC residents in D.C. and the Georgia State Capitol in January.

U.S. House District 10 Republican candidate Jody Hice sealed his third term in office as representative for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District with 63 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Tabitha Johnson-Green, was Hice’s first challenger since he was elected in 2014. Hice attended Republican gubernatorial Brian Kemp’s watch party at The Classic Center on Nov. 6, which filled the Athena Ballroom with supporters and other big-

name Georgia Republican politicians such as Gov. Nathan Deal and Sen. David Perdue. In the May primary election, Hice faced two challengers but had no trouble keeping his party’s nomination, receiving 80 percent in a landslide. Johnson-Green, a nurse and Washington County resident, surprised Athens when she beat out two other Democratic candidates who had been much more visible during the primary race. Since taking office in 2015, Hice has served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. During his current term, he served as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hice sponsored H.R. 586, the sanctity of human life act, as a pro-life advocate, calling life “a gift from God” and “the most fundamental of all human rights” on his campaign website. If passed, the bill would “end the plight of abortion on our nation,” according to his website.  S E E V I C T O RY PAG E A 4

Attendees of the Brian Kemp election watch party cheer the polling results on Nov. 6 at The Classic Center.  C H R I S T I N A M A T A C O T T A / S T A F F



Quick takes on stories you might have missed this week






International Education Week begins Nov. 12

Pop-up clinics provided free legal advice in Athens

Georgia climbed to No. 5 in playoff rankings

Men’s tennis player Georgia Bites & to represent Team Brews provided USA beer and music

The University of Georgia‘s annual International Education Week celebration will begin Nov. 12 with the Parade of Flags. Students carry their national flags as they walk from the Arch to Tate Plaza. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote a global environment and celebrate the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange.

On Nov. 3, the Athens Access to Justice Initiative hosted a legal pop-up clinic where lawyers were present to provide free legal advice in the areas of immigration, probate, landlord/tenant, small claims, general civil law and more. Community members with legal problems visited the Living Waters Christian Fellowship to participate. Law students who wanted to participate in the clinic were matched with a lawyer for the day.

The Bulldogs moved one step closer to returning to the College Football Playoff. The latest College Football Playoff rankings were released Nov. 6, and the Bulldogs moved up one spot to No. 5. The top four teams in the final rankings qualify for the playoff, with a chance to win the national championship. Last season, Georgia lost to Alabama in the national championship game, 26-23. Alabama was ranked No. 1 in the poll on Nov. 6.

Georgia announced on Nov. 5 that Emil Reinberg was selected as a representative of Team USA for the Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition. The tournament will be in Grenoble, France, from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Reinberg is the first Georgia player chosen for the tournament since 2014. He was the first Bulldog in 11 years to advance to the semifinals of the ITA All-American championships.

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Burglary at Athens residence

Numerous electronic devices were stolen from a home around 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. At the scene, the homeowners reported several devices stolen, including smart TVs, a nail painting machine, two Amazon Fire sticks and more. According to the report, the value of the items totaled $10,080. At the time of the incident, an underage female had been living in the home, prompting the homeowners to suspect she had been partially responsible for the burglary. No arrests have been made and the case is under further investigation.  Man attacked during robbery incident

OBAMA, TRUMP ENDORSED GOV. CANDIDATES President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama flocked to Georgia to campaign for rival gubernatorial candidates days before the election. Obama campaigned for Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams at the “Get Out the Vote” rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Nov. 2. “I’m here for one simple reason: I’m here to ask you to vote,” Obama said at the rally. The event was quick to sell out with thousands of people waiting in lines at locations around the state on Oct. 31, trying to get the free first-come, first-serve tickets. Abrams also gained support from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell. Trump, on the other side, traveled to Macon on Nov. 4 to hold a rally in support of Republican Brian Kemp. The rally was held at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and was packed with thousands of Trump supporters listening and cheering as the president applauded the Republican leadership of Georgia, attacked Abrams and highlighted the economy, immigration and health care. “Brian Kemp is an incredible fighter and a tireless champion for the people and the values of Georgia,” Trump said. “He was with me right from the beginning.” At the rally Kemp garnered the support of many prominent Georgia lawmakers, including Gov. Nathan Deal, Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, District 1 Rep. Buddy Carter and more. — Tessa Green


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The first-ever Georgia Bites & Brews Festival took place from 3–7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and was hosted by The Foundry and Owen Ogletree, a columnist for Southern Brew News and The Beer Connoisseur magazine, at The Graduate Hotel. The festival offered Georgia-only brews to support local businesses. The breweries included Akademia, Southe r n B r e w i n g C o m p a n y, Creature Comforts and Terrapin Beer Company.

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A man fell unconscious after being placed in a chokehold during a robbery on Nov. 1, according to an ACC police report. The victim allowed a woman he met to stay at his apartment, with her son, the son’s girlfriend and their child. At the time of the incident, the son came up behind him, put him into a chokehold and took items from him, according to the report. The stolen items included his medicine, $200 and his cell phone. The victim said in the report he passed out because he could not breathe, and when he woke up, they were gone. He told police that while he knew the group was homeless, they had mentioned going to a grandmother’s house before escaping the scene.

 Roommate altercation at Ogelthorpe House dorm On Nov. 1, a female student was arrested at the Oglethorpe House dorm after a physical altercation with her roommate, according to a University of Georgia police report. According to the report, the victim said the female moved into the dorm earlier in the month, and they had been arguing about the use of the common areas. The roommates attempted to mediate the dispute three times with their resident assistant. During the third mediation, the victim cursed at the roommate, according to the report. The other roommate became enraged and pushed her. According to the report, the victim said she hit her head on the metal railing of her bunk bed and fell on her desk.  Nude male found next to Baptist church A nude male was seen in the bushes near the First Baptist Church on Pulaski Street on Nov. 5, according to a UGA police report. According to the report, the man seemed to be having a mental health crisis. The male made incoherent statements such as that there was a bomb in the church, he saw someone with a gun standing near them and everyone was going to die. the report said. The man’s demeanor would go from agitated to calm with the officers . He appeared to be hallucinating, the report said. When police attempted to handcuff him, the man began to curse and kick the officers. He was transported to Athens Piedmont Regional Medical Center.



A red wall Republicans retake state House Districts 117, 119 after just a year of Democratic control Sofi Gratas, Sherry Liang and Stephen Barr Staff Writer and Contributors The blue wave that cascaded through Athens in 2017 was short lived. Democrats Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace flipped previously Republican state House Districts 117 and 119 in a special election last year. On Nov. 6, Republicans took them back. Houston Gaines and Marcus Wiedower ran for these districts during the special election after the previous officeholders were both appointed to other positions. Both candidates lost, cutting short a Republican tenure that had held strong for more than a decade. “Last year, after we lost that race, obviously a lot of people said there’s no need to come back, and we couldn’t win this thing, but the folks in this room, the people who are still here now, y’all have been with us since day one,” Gaines said at his election watch party at the Hyatt Place downtown.

I know he’s going to do what he said he’s going to do for all of us. CLIF CREWS, GAINES SUPPORTER

Gaines pulled through, winning 54 percent and receiving nearly 2,000 more votes than Gonzalez, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Wiedower, a Republican who didn’t make it out of the primaries last year, pulled about 1,400 more votes than Wallace, at 53 percent of the vote. The districts make up portions of Clarke and surrounding counties.

Meet the new representatives Gaines, a UGA alumnus and former Student Government Association president, announced his 2018 campaign for the district seat in February, just three months following his loss to Gonzalez in November 2017. Clif Crews, a Watkinsville resident of 20 years and a “staunch Republican,” encouraged Gaines to run again. “[Gaines is] very honest — I know he’s going to do what he said he’s going to do for all of us,” Crews said. “Doesn’t matter if

you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent. What you’re looking for is everyone to be happy, and I know he’ll do a good job.” Throughout his campaign this year, Gaines capitalized on his young, conservative vantage point, hoping to reform the representation of the Republican Party. Much like Republican gubernatorial Brian Kemp, Gaines wants to attract businesses to his district by cutting regulations and lowering the income tax. Riley Whited, a senior at Oconee County High School, campaigned for Kemp and Gaines at his high school. Though he is not old enough to vote, he still hoped to help the campaigns as president of Young Republicans at his high school. “At school, I was handing out Kemp stickers to people, and we had about 20 people just after third period that had Kemp stickers on,” Whited said. Wiedower attended the same watch party with Gaines and Republicans Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn, both of whom won their state Senate districts. Wiedower, a custom home builder from Watkinsville and UGA alumnus, also focused his campaign on deregulating the economy and cutting “wasteful” government spending.

A short win and a hard loss Since being elected, Gonzalez and Wallace supported similar issues, including expanding Medicaid, establishing a living wage and bringing back net neutrality. This second time around, Gaines outwardly criticized Gonzalez as being an “empty seat” in the House, though her supporters obviously disagree. “I thought [Gonzalez] was 100 percent going to lose last year, and then she won, and she’s had such a amazing term,” said Anna Gerbsch, president of the UGA Young Democrats. Wallace ran a campaign focused on securing Georgia’s election systems, combating gerrymandering with an independent redistricting committee, lowering auto insurance rates and repealing campus carry. Gonzalez’s campaign touched on immigration rights and funding for public education “The work that we’ve done, the seeds that we’ve planted … some of those will bear fruit tonight, some of them won’t, but those seeds have been planted,” Wallace said at his election watch party. “We’ve done the hard work to build momentum and connection amongst one another. That is what I’m proud about.”

Houston Gaines discusses his campaign with supporters as the final votes are counted at his election watch party on Nov. 6.  S I D H A R T H A W A K A D E / C O N T R I B U T O R

Deborah Gonzalez speaks with Farley Jones at her watch party.  K A L E Y L E F E V R E / S T A F F

Jonathan Wallace tells party goers not to give up at watch party.  B E C C A B E A T O / C O N T R I B U T O R

Marcus Wiedower, the Republican candidate and winner of the Georgia House District 119 race, attended Houston Gaines’ election watc party on Nov. 6.  S I D H A R T H A W A K A D E / C O N T R I B U T O R

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High voter turnout expected in Athens Brian McDearmon Although thousands in Athens-Clarke County opted to vote early this year, the ACC Board of Elections still expects a turnout today of more than 25,000 voters, which could spell long lines at the polls. Over the past few weeks, 10,437 voters in ACC’s 24 precincts cast absentee ballots. Last week, 7,415 people went to the voting booths early in hopes of avoiding massive election day lines. Early voters encountered long lines between Monday and Friday last week, but many said then they expected today’s lines to be longer. ACC Board of Elections director Gail Schrader said although she expects some lines, with 23 percent of registered voters having voted already, she doesn’t think they will be as long as those in past elections. “I feel like we voted the whole town last week,” Schrader said. Schrader said she predicted a 70 percent turnout this year, but she said she now thinks that number likely will be surpassed. If her prediction is right, this year could see the highest turnout in Athens since the 1992 general election. But Athens-Clarke is not the only county with increased voter participation. Secretary of State spokesperson Cara Hodgeson said Monday state officials expect 72 percent of the 4,248,802 registered voters in Georgia to vote today. With only 80 of the state’s 159 counties reporting, Hodgeson said 221,655 Georgians took part in early voting last week. With more than three million Georgians expected to head to the polls this year, it also could be the largest statewide turnout since the 1992 election when 73.2 percent of those registered in the state voted. The number one tip Schrader offered voters is to make sure they know where their polling place is. “The worst thing is for someone to

I feel like we voted the whole town last week. GAIL SCHRADER, ACC BOARD OF ELECTIONS DIRECTOR

get in line, get up to the table and find out they are at the wrong location,” she said. Schrader said voters should anticipate waiting in line and suggested they bring a book to pass the time. She also said voters with physical disabilities and those over 75 can go to the front of the line. Elections Technicians for ACC Cora Wright said voters were more likely to face lengthy waits early in the morning, during lunchtime and late in the afternoon just before the polls close. The polls will begin taking voters at 7 a.m. and will close for the day at 7 p.m. Aside from that, Schrader said voters should just “enjoy being part of the history we are in the middle of right now.” During this anniversary year, The Red & Black will be including stories from past issues. These stories have been edited for grammar, clarity and length.

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1) Congressman Jody Hice speaks at gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s election watch party on Nov. 6. 2) State Senate member Frank Ginn speaks to a woman at Houston Gaines’ election watch party on Nov. 6. 3) State Senator Bill Cowsert speaks at a forum on Oct. 15. 4) State House Rep. Marcus Wiedower speaks at a GOP cookout on Aug. 20. 5) Marisue Hilliard, Democratic candidate for state Senate District 46, sends text to her family on Nov. 6. 6) Dawn Johnson, Democratic candidate for state Senate District 47, speaks to the crowd at her election watch party on Nov. 6.

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Additionally, as a member of the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights and Georgia Carry, he plans to defend the right to keep and bear arms. As for immigration, he wants to secure the U.S. borders and only welcome immigrants who come legally. He supports President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and wants to end birthright citizenship “for babies born illegally in the United States.” He also wants a tax reform, a replacement for the Affordable Care Act and a restoration of Judeo-Christian values, all goals he intends to pursue in his third term in office.

Statewide offices The race for Secretary of State is facing the possibility of a runoff as Republican candidate Brad Raffensperger currently holds 49.19 percent of the vote while Democrat John Barrow holds 48.58 percent. Barrow has a few factors that might have helped him. First, the Libertarian candidate Smythe Duval captured more than 2 percent, making it harder for Raffensperger, who leads Barrow, to secure a majority. His campaign also represented a more old-school Democratic strategy, appealing to centrists with moderate rhetoric and calls for bipartisanship. Barrow also had name recognition on his side because of

a decade-long tenure as congressman for Georgia’s 12th District when he represented — at different times — Athens, Augusta, Savannah, Statesboro, Vidalia and Milledgeville. All other statewide offices were won by Republican candidates, with mostly wider margins than the gubernatorial race.

State Senate 46 Republican incumbent and state Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert defeated Democrat Marisue Hilliard with about 60 percent of the vote to maintain control of District 46, according to results from the Secretary of State’s Office. “It was a hard run race, we all learned a lot, [we] worked hard. [I’m] very proud of what we did,” said Hilliard to supporters at her watch party. “You can’t let one loss get you down. I have no regrets.” Cowsert did not host his own watch party but instead attended the party of Houston Gaines, who is now representative-elect for District 117. Erin Cooke, president of conservative group Turning Point USA at University of Georgia, worked on Cowsert’s campaign and said he didn’t doubt another win. “He’s been the incumbent for several years, he [was] pretty much very confident in his race,” Cooke said. Cowsert was first sworn into office in 2007 and since then has served on the judiciary committee and appropriations committee.

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Cowsert advocated for fully funding the Quality Basic Education Act, expanding rural broadband access and cutting taxes. Kemp, Cowsert’s brother-in-law, used to hold Cowsert’s seat. Meanwhile, his opponent Hilliard started an Athens chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in April 2017. After working with the activism group, she decided to run for public office when Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace were elected to state House Districts 117 and 119, respectively, in 2017. Both Gonzalez and Wallace lost their seats on election night, making the representatives for Athens mostly saturated in red.

State Senate 47 Republican Frank Ginn retained his incumbency for the District 47 state Senate seat with about two-thirds of the vote, defeating Democrat Dawn Johnson. Ginn has held his seat since 2010 and has run uncontested for the district since 2012. District 47 includes parts of Clarke, Madison, Jackson and Barrow counties. During his time in office, Ginn worked as the chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee. His goals for the next term are to grow jobs, lower taxes and improve education. Ginn supports the Quality Basic Education formula, cutting state income taxes and improving transportation.


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“When people are all working together, we have a stronger pull,” Ginn said to The Red & Black in October. “I’m proud of the relationships I’ve built while I’ve been in the elected office and the fact that we can work together on both sides in Georgia to do the right thing for our Georgia citizens.” A newcomer to politics, Johnson previously worked as a deputy sheriff and as director of a program that helps those with developmental disabilities become employed. This year, Johnson ran a campaign focused on expanding Medicaid, creating a living wage for working Georgians, increasing funding and lowering academic standards for HOPE and investing in a “clean energy economy.” Johnson and Wallace for state House District 119 hosted a joint watch party at The Glass Building on South Milledge Avenue. The night began with more than 100 in attendance but dwindled to about 40 when the final results came out. Ginn did not host his own watch part but instead attended Gaines’ party. By 9 p.m., Johnson was already anticipating her loss, despite other races going well into the night. “We didn’t lose all these seats in one night,” Johnson said. “We won’t win them back in one night. But we have got the groundwork in place, and we realize the areas we need to work on.”

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How the 2018 midterm elections compare to previous elections

As the votes for the Georgia midterm elections have been almost completely tabulated, Republicans earned the majority of seats up for election on the Athens-Clarke County ballot. Here are the results for the ACC ballot, according to the Georgia Secretary of State as of press time.



Jody Hice (R) 62.9 percent of votes


Brian Kemp (R) 50.3 percent of votes Stacey Abrams (D) 48.7 percent of votes

Geoff Duncan (R) 51.7 percent of votes



Brad Raffensperger (R) 49.2 percent of vote John Barrow (D) 48.6 percent of vote ATTORNEY GENERAL

Chris Carr (R) 51.4 percent of votes COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Gary Black (R) 53.2 percent of votes




Jim Beck (R) 50.5 percent of votes STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Richard Woods (R) 53.1 percent of votes COMMISSIONER OF LABOR


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Tricia Pridemore (R) 50.4 percent of votes


Bill Cowsert (R) 60.4 percent of votes STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 47

Frank Ginn (R) 66.5 percent of votes





Chuck Eaton (R) 49.8 percent of votes








Mark Butler (R) 52.6 percent of votes


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A nail-biter race kept supporters and reporters awake well into the early morning to find out who will be Georgia’s next governor. Because 50 state Senate District 46 ballots had to be recopied and re-entered because of a mistake on the candidate list, Clarke County didn’t finish reporting voting results until 9 a.m. Nov. 7, a board of elections poll workers said. Counting overseas ballots was also a factor. DeKalb County was the last to finish reporting. As of press time, Kemp slightly leads Abrams 50.3 percent to 48.7 percent with 100 percent of precincts reported. Abrams has not conceded, but Kemp declared victory for himself. In Athens-Clarke County, however, Abrams was the clear winner, with about 70 percent of the total votes. ACC has historically trended blue in elections, more so than its neighboring counties. The majority of votes for governor were cast for Kemp in counties surrounding Clarke, with about 70 percent in both Oglethorpe and Oconee counties.









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With nationwide attention, polls showing a dead heat, high-profile appearances and Stacey Abrams’ bid to make history as the nation’s first black female governor, Georgia’s election was expected to have high voter turnout. For the entire state of Georgia, there were 3.9 million votes cast in the midterm election, up from 2.6 million in 2014. Presidential elections typically have the highest turnout, but this year’s numbers were almost as high as those in 2016 — 45,000 votes for president in ACC and almost 4.1 million votes in all of Georgia. Turnout in the 2018 midterms in Georgia increased from the 2014 midterm elections from 50 percent to nearly 61 percent. In ACC, there were around 43,000 ballots cast, compared to just 26,000 in 2014. Standing behind the gubernatorial candidates, President Donald Trump visited Macon to show support for Brian Kemp, while former President Barack Obama rallied for Abrams in Atlanta. According to CBS News, an estimated 113 million Americans voted, making this the highest turnout for a midterm election in U.S. history. This turnout may have partially been fueled by the divisive 2016 election, which has been an inspiration for some to get involved in politics. Early voting records reached an all-time high for Georgia midterm elections with more than 2 million ballots cast, beating the previous midterm record of 945,507 early votes in the 2014 elections. More than 22,000 voted early in Clarke County, about 2,000 of which were at the University of Georgia Tate Student Center.


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Record-breaking turnouts in 2018 midterms show promising future MK Manoylov Opinion Editor Before Nov. 6 at the University of Georgia, political energy covered campus as thickly as the fallen leaves. People, especially young people my age, care more about their democracy now more than they ever have before. Of the more than 2 million ballots cast in Georgia for the early voting season, 1.8 million were in person. This record surpassed the previous record of 945,507 early votes cast in the last midterm election in 2014, according to The Red & Black. What’s more, 2,039 students and faculty formed lines on the UGA Tate Student Center first floor to vote early on Oct. 30 and 31.

As a senior, my class had its political awakening during the 2016 presidential election. This election galvanized our need for better representation of our beliefs and demographics in government, and I believe this fervent political activism carried into the 2018 midterm elections. It’s beautiful to hear that voter turnout between 18 and 29 is up more than 500 percent, according to the data services firm TargetSmart. African-American early voting rates more than doubled compared to 2014, and the Hispanic vote surged massively. Nationally, there have been more candidates of color, female candidates and LGBT candidates running for office. Whether you’re celebrating or lamenting

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the results of last night’s election, concede to history. Concede to voters everywhere participating in the democratic system of getting their voices heard and prompting change. The voter turnouts of the 2018 midterm elections prove people are taking back control of democracy and not letting complacent wealthier parties have their way with the government any longer. I’m already celebrating the victory for democracy that happened on Nov. 6. I hope this momentum carries on into the future.

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No time to relax


Going natural for black women contains covert elitism


Makayla Richards Contributor


Starting in the early 2000s, the standard for American black beauty switched from straight hair to our naturally curly locks. Black women have been using relaxers, or “perms,” at an all-time low. While this seems awesome and amazing, there is secret elitism behind telling black women to go natural that people are ignoring. Yes, we are happy that relaxers are not a standard in black American beauty anymore. According to Mintel, “the relaxer segment will reach $152 million this year (2009), down from $206 million in 2008.” Some black women in the natural community have this idea that they are better than their sisters who choose to permanently straighten their hair. This should not be the case. Black women who wear their hair naturally have to look at two things when they pick their natural hair products: curl pattern and porosity level. Curl pattern refers to the shape of their curls and how densely packed they are, and porosity is the amount of moisture their hair holds. All of those products have to be clear of straightening chemicals, like sulfates and Paraben. Essentially, these products must be organic. Sure, there are a few low-end natural hair care products, but there’s no guarantee that those products will work for your hair. High-quality, organic hair products are not cheap. My little sister even tried making her own products out of organic oils, fragrances and plants like Aloe Vera to cut down on cost. My own hair care regimen cost more than $100 altogether. This includes shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, curl creams and gels. And I’m not talking about a product that is 70 oz in size either. I’m referencing my small 16 oz containers that are not even as long as my hand. Black women who wear their hair naturally generally have to do their hair every two - three days, not wash, but comb out their hair. This process takes nearly three hours out of my day and cost me a quarter of my product every time. Sometimes I just skip combing it out for a week because I simply can’t afford it. My hair is putting me into debt. So when people suggest that everyone should be natural, they are often forgetting the price of that choice. There are little black girls with low socioeconomic backgrounds who simply cannot afford to go natural. The saddest thing is we spend all this money, time and work just for the public to deem our hair as unprofessional and unkept. I often get told at work that my hair is against company policy. For my sisters choosing to be natural with me, know that your financial plights have been heard. And for my sisters that choose relaxers as it is more cost effective for them, I completely understand. I love my hair to death and choose to be natural despite the cost because of the cultural impact. Having natural hair is just a big “screw you” to society and its standards. Makayla Richards is a junior journalism major and political science minor.

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Kurt Tatari Contributor Alcohol is readily sold every weekend in downtown Athens. Yet when we replace buying alcohol with marijuana, suddenly politicians in this state reel at the thought. I find this position both terribly ironic and totally against the spirit of true economic and social conservatism. As a staunch conservative, I am also a fervent supporter of marijuana’s legalization and encourage our government to open up its market in the United States. Why is it these so-called “conservatives” in Georgia focus on the pot stereotype of some red-eyed stoner with a Grateful Dead hat? Or their archaic insistence that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that would tear the very social fabric of this country? The conversation ignores typical points about liberty and free-market principles. “My general sense from observing state government operations over the last couple of decades is that Georgia has been more ‘postwar traditionalist’ in its legislative direction and reluctant to dive into terrain that the mountain west and other areas of the country find more comfortable,” Athens Mayor Elect Kelly Girtz said. It is wise to exercise caution when the situation truly warrants caution, but with respect to marijuana’s legality, our state legislators’ idea of caution is more detrimental to Georgia’s economic and social health than it is a defensive measure. Taking a look at Colorado’s legalized medical and recreational marijuana, the state


brought in $840 million in tax revenue from 2014 to September 2018. In addition, 18,000 full-time jobs in the marijuana industry were created in Colorado in 2015 alone, according to the Washington Post. Yet Georgia’s population is nearly double that of Colorado’s, and Georgia enjoys more farmland and rural areas compared to the more mountainous and rugged terrain in Colorado. Athens needs a legal marijuana market. The trend is clear. It would bring in more taxable revenue for both sales and income taxes for the new jobs created, which will help support education and infrastructure spending. It will put some of the old and abandoned lots and land to use.

The conversation ignores typical points about liberty and free-market principles. The people of Athens should call upon their city representatives to collectively ask Georgia’s state legislators to take a mature and nonpartisan review of the marijuana market. It would be a great tragedy to see this fine community miss out on the tremendous economic growth potential because of an exaggerated reluctance by its own government. Kurt Tatari is a junior finance major.


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SUPER SMASH SISTERS Girls for Games club promotes accepting environment for gamers

Michael House Contributor Video game fans at the University of Georgia have many options when it comes to joining an on-campus organization with students who share the same hobby. Of these gaming groups, Girls for Games is one of the most distinct. It has a primarily female composition, but its members also have a different way of engaging with games. “We are an organization that gives people of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds who enjoy video games a place to come and make friends and [have] a casual place to hang out,” said co-president and senior English major Emily Morrow. Such a sharp focus on inclusiveness is a reaction to what Morrow regards as homogeneity in UGA’s other gaming organizations. “I had the idea for the club last year,” Morrow said. “It grew out of my realization that there was nothing like [Girls for Games] on campus. I mean, we have other gaming clubs, but gaming is generally considered a male activity, and the existing clubs [UGA] had were 99 percent male.” To Girls for Games member and graduate middle grades education major Marin Becker, a female-oriented gaming organization is valuable because it offers a more “accepting” space than typical gaming groups do. “Most gaming organizations [are] predominantly male, and a lot of times — at least in my experience, in the past — there’s just a lot of stigma around female gamers,” Becker said. “[With Girls for Games], I knew I would be comfortable, and I wouldn’t be stigmatized.” Freshman management major Jessica Phan, another club member, believes Girls for Games’ female focus makes the organization more welcoming as a whole. “I feel like [Girls for Games] is just inclusive to everybody,” Phan said. “Usually the female demographic in video games aren’t really taken seriously, so a club based around people who aren’t taken seriously kind of welcomes everybody, which I like.” Girls for Games aims to do more than just provide girls with a hospitable setting to play games together. Co-president Jenna Rich, a junior psychology and theatre major, said the organization also exists to appreciate women in the gaming industry. “[Girls for Games] is for the celebration of women in games because, oftentimes, in both the playing of games and the creation of games, women and their roles are overlooked,” Rich said. Last November, the organization recognized women’s role in the industry by hosting guest speaker Shira Chess, an assistant professor of entertainment and media studies at UGA and a former game developer. When Morrow reflected on Girls for Games’ oneyear history, she described the event as her best memory as president of the group. “We had [Chess] come in and give a talk about a book that she had written recently about making games for a female audience,” Morrow said. “Just getting to speak to somebody who’s been there, somebody who has experience with women in gaming, was

really, really a treat.” Chess’ talk is representative of another quality that sets Girls for Games apart from UGA’s other gaming organizations. Rich said group meetings consist of playing games along with discussing them. Phan considers this conversation her favorite aspect of the group. “[We’re] just rambling about different games and just getting lost in ranting about one thing, but then [we’re] also able to relate and listen to other people’s experiences,” Phan said. “[We’re] being respectful toward each other even if we don’t necessarily like the same game or have played the same game, because we all share the same passion towards video games.” In its emphasis on inclusion, the organization also welcomes those who don’t play video games competitively. As someone who prefers single-player games, Phan appreciates this acceptance. “I’m not really a competitive gamer,” Phan said.“I play more for my own enjoyment.” One way Girls for Games satisfies the diverse tastes of its members is its incorporation of what Rich calls “theme nights,” in which the group plays games of a certain category. “Usually we’ll come together, we’ll have themes for the night, like [Nintendo] DS nights,” Rich said. “And we just kind of talk about [the games]. It’s a very chill atmosphere.”

Emily Morrow, a senior University of Georgia student, is co-president of Girls for Games.  R E B E C C A W R I G H T / S T A F F

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AKADEMIA BREWING COMPANY RELEASES FIRST CANNED BEERS Sarah Gardiner Contributor Rooted in historical tradition and providing a diverse selection of beers and a full food menu, Akademia Brewing Company offers something for Greek culture-lovers, ale enthusiasts and foodies alike. Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary on Oct. 20, the local brew pub has been adding to its selection of available beverages, most recently with the creation of its very own canned beers. Already offering an extensive menu including sandwiches, salads and a variety of entrees as well as almost 20 beers on tap, employee Donnie Malone said Akademia producing its own canned beers was the next step for the brewing company. “It’s exciting to be the first technical brew pub in Georgia that can distribute the beer,” Malone said. “People see our

beer in places like Atlanta and then when they come through Athens they can come pick up four packs of whatever we have and have some food too.” Dreaming of canning his own beers for nearly a decade, CEO and co-founder of Akademia Matt Casey was excited to announce the canning release of three of the company’s most popular existing tap beers. Extra Credit, an extra special bitter ESB, Hades’ Hounds Hunker Down Brown Ale, and IQ, a citrus-tasting IPA, all appeared in cans for the first time on Oct. 26. Employing a mobile canning line to come to their building on Crane Street, the company backs their truck into Akademia’s dock and unloads a canning line which is hooked up to the brewery’s tanks. The contents of the tanks are then transferred into the aluminum cans and their personalized labels are added at the end. Casey hopes in the future to pur-

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chase his own packaging line. “Our plan is to focus more on canning distribution and get a regularity in our brewing processes and procedures,” Casey said. While the company is still figuring out the logistics of canning, Akademia has nearly sold its entire first batch. With plans to can more beers in the future, the company hopes to revitalize its packaging and create a distinct brand for their cans. Launching its canned ales in Athens, Atlanta, St. Simons Island and Savannah, Akademia co-founder Morgan Wireman is

eager about the brewing company’s progress. “It’s surreal,” Wireman said. “It’s amazing to walk into a bottle shop and buy four packs of my own product.” On Nov. 21, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Akademia will hold its second bottle release of its 10 percent bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout, Noctua Chaos. Already making a great deal of progress in the year that it has been open, Wireman has big plans for the growth of Akademia in the future. “I like that the company is so young,” Wireman said. “Knowing its [is] potential huge. It’s a big passion project for me.” Claiming it hasn’t necessarily been easy, both co-founders agree the process has been rewarding. “Every day is a curveball coming at you,” Casey said. “But in the end this is such a big passion for me. It’s nice to go to work feeling happy.”



Two University of Georgia seniors, Esther Mapes (left) and Hallie Poindexter (right), are attending every football game this season.  C O U R T E S Y / H A L L I E P O I N D E X T E R

Mapes (left) and Poindexter (right) call their adventures at their UGA football games #ChasingTheDawgs on social media.  C O U R T E S Y / H A L L I E P O I N D E X T E R


Two UGA seniors follow the Georgia Bulldogs to every football game Abir Raza Contributor Two University of Georgia students made an ambitious New Year’s resolution: They decided to follow the Georgia Bulldogs to every football game of the 2018 season. The idea isn’t so crazy to seniors Hallie Poindexter, a communication sciences major from Canton, and Esther Mapes, a human development and family sciences major from Buford, who took a silly “What if” idea and made it into a reality. The students decided on their plan during their junior year, when they became close friends by being the only two in their friend group to stay for the entirety of every football game. Poindexter and Mapes are thrilled to be on this journey, but it hasn’t always been so easy. They spend an average of $100 on each away game ticket and about $150 for transportation and lodging every weekend. There is also the additional $70 for home tickets. “We spent more on [the LSU game], though, like $220 or $230,” Poindexter said. “LSU actually almost didn’t happen.” She said tickets were expensive and almost sold out, but they made it there after all. Mapes, who was not a football fan until her junior year, said she has the most fun at away games because when she spotted someone in red

and black, she knew they were part of the UGA family. For the pair, it isn’t about winning or losing. The students choose to travel almost every weekend because, as seniors, they feel like they “know the team.” “We care about them so much and have for so long,” Poindexter said. This is their final chance to cheer for their team as students, so it’s all about going all out. Poindexter said even though the LSU game was a loss, it happened to be her favorite game. “The unity I saw there made it amazing … Even in the last three minutes, we were cheering so much,” Poindexter said. The two students said they feel like the players need that unity and connection during any football game, not just when the Bulldogs are winning. To Poindexter and Mapes, it’s about being a loyal fan through everything. Poindexter and Mapes feel like they are part of the reason the Bulldogs travel. In their minds, there would be no point in away games if there weren’t any fans to follow along with the team. Mapes said the most exciting thing to see during a game is watching a fellow Bulldog or football player bobbing their heads along to “Glory, Glory.” For Poindexter and Mapes, a big part of this journey is they get to do it together. The two are roommates this year, sharing one room between

The unity I saw there made it amazing ... even in the last three minutes, we were cheering so much. HALLIE POINDEXTER, UGA STUDENT

them. Now, a corner of their room is decorated with pictures and memorabilia they collect from every game. None of their other friends are willing to stay until the end for every game or are as dedicated to the Bulldogs, so with each other, there is never a question of how long they will stay. #ChasingTheDawgs is now their own hashtag on Instagram which they use for every game they attend. However, it wasn’t always a chase. “At a New Year’s party last year, there was a blackboard where you had to write resolutions,” Poindexter said. “We wrote our plan, but first we thought it would [be] following the Dawgs, or tracking the Dawgs. Then somehow chasing came up, and it stuck.” For now, Poindexter and Mapes’ journey continues. To them, it will last as long as they love the Bulldogs.

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SEC East Champion Georgia VS Auburn J O H N N Y V I D A L / S TA F F

‘All that matters is Saturday’ Auburn is the latest hurdle in path to playoff Tommy Boyd Football Beat Writer Since Georgia last played a home game about a month ago, the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season to LSU, beat Florida and won the SEC East for the second consecutive year. They traveled to three states, suffered injuries, triumphed over unwelcoming environments and celebrated their successes with locker room “yeets,” all in one month’s time. Now the players are back in Athens to face Auburn on Nov. 10, and they aren’t worried about any of that. “We know that winning the [SEC] East doesn’t mean that much,” Georgia safety J.R. Reed said on Nov. 5. “You know, it’s really nice to win the East two times in a row, but now it’s Auburn, and it’s on to the next team and whoever’s next after that. We just have to be where our feet are.” The upcoming game against Auburn marks the eighth and final SEC game of the regular season for Georgia, and the longtime rivals will face off for the third time in a little over a calendar year after playing each other in last year’s SEC championship game. With the stretch of road games gone and a ticket to Atlanta punched, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has adopted a

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narrow focus centered completely on the Tigers. Smart said the Bulldogs celebrated the Nov. 3 win over Kentucky for 24 hours, as is custom, but he also noted it wasn’t hard to shift the focus to what’s next. Georgia has more games behind it than it does ahead of it, but the one immediately ahead will be treated as the most important.

We know that winning the [SEC] East doesn’t mean that much. J.R. REED, GEORGIA SAFETY

“[Auburn will] get your attention the minute you turn the tape on, because they’ve got an experienced quarterback who’s got an elite arm,” Smart said. “They’ve got a lot of really good wideouts that are talented, fast — extremely fast — and they’ve got a defense that has been there forever. There’s not anybody on our team that’s going to be worried about anything but Auburn because that’s the next task at hand.” If Auburn’s up-tempo style of play doesn’t get Georgia’s attention, the 40-17 loss to the


Tigers last year might serve as extra motivation heading into the regular season rematch. The Bulldogs already avenged that loss in the SEC Championship last season, though, and Smart said on Nov. 5 that making the game “psychological” won’t help anything if Georgia doesn’t practice well this week and execute come game time. “We have enough motivation with what we have going this year,” running back Elijah Holyfield said. “We know we have a chance to play for more things down the road, and we’re just looking forward to playing against a good team, executing and playing our best.” Auburn is 6-3 and eliminated from the race for the SEC West. Georgia looks to push its home winning streak to 11 games and remain in the College Football Playoff conversation. Georgia already cleared eight of its nine hurdles this season entering the matchup with Auburn. But having already cleared eight hurdles doesn’t make clearing the next one any easier. “Anything can happen, especially this week,” Reed said. “It’s not going to be a cakewalk when it comes down to rivalries . . . Predictions don’t matter, what they’ve done this season doesn’t matter and what we’ve done this season doesn’t matter. All that matters is Saturday.”


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No. 24 Auburn vs. No. 5 UGA

28-24, UGA

34-16, UGA

35-17, UGA

27-10, UGA

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South Carolina vs. No. 15 Florida

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Wisconsin vs. No. 20 Penn State

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21-17, Wisconsin

34-28, Penn State

Oklahoma State vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

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38-31, Oklahoma

45-34, Oklahoma

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The Red & Black football writers and editors make picks for this week’s games.

Each week of the 2018 season, The Red & Black ranks the teams of the Southeastern Conference. This week, The Red & Black surveys the conference after the 10th week of the college football season.

Tier One: Alabama The Crimson Tide have looked like the best team in college football all year long and somehow looked even more spectacular in a 29-0 beatdown of thirdranked LSU on Nov. 3. Tua Tagovailoa is seemingly cruising to a Heisman Trophy win, and instead of finding teams that can beat Alabama, it might be more doable to find the few that can even compete with it. Nick Saban’s crew is in a class of its own in the SEC and in all of America. — Collin Huguley

Tier Two: LSU, Georgia These two teams are trending in different directions after last week’s action. LSU is reeling following a suffocating 29-0 defeat at the hands of Alabama, while Georgia is flying high with another SEC East title after a 34-17 road win at Kentucky. LSU still holds the second spot for now, due to the head-to-head result, but that could change in the coming weeks if the Tigers don’t rebound after their loss to the Crimson Tide. — Jed May

So fresh and so clean

Freshman Bulldogs provide depth to positions hit by injury Janey Murray Assistant Sports Editor One factor separates this year’s Georgia team from last year’s: youth. In 2017, Georgia’s defense was led by experienced players like nose tackle John Atkins and linebackers Roquan Smith, Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter. On offense, Isaiah Wynn led the offensive line to success. This season, Georgia has relied on younger players, inserting freshmen to replace injured starters at several positions. For the most part, those freshmen have succeeded. “I think those guys are growing up, getting better, and I said it after the game last week, some guys got in the game that hadn’t been getting in the game, because we have had to use them,” Kirby Smart said. “They have some attributes that we need, and I’m pleased with those guys’ growth.” The depth has been significant on the offensive line, where multiple freshmen have been forced into important roles. After injuries to sophomores Andrew Thomas and Ben Cleveland, freshman Cade Mays stepped in. When senior Lamont Gaillard hyperextended his knee against Kentucky, freshman Trey Hill took over at center and, after a few early snap issues, rose to the challenge. The youth of the team has also played an important role on the other side of the ball. Freshmen Channing Tindall and Brenton Cox each recorded sacks against Kentucky. On a thin defensive line that has also been affected by injuries, freshman Jordan


Tier Three: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Auburn Kentucky’s loss to Georgia did little to change its place within the power rankings. The Wildcats’ second-place finish in the SEC East puts them with Auburn and Mississippi State, each of which have worse overall records at 6-3 but play in the tougher side of the conference. These three have little more than bowl aspirations to play for now, although Auburn can still spoil a season for a team or two with games left against No. 6 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama before the season’s end. — Tommy Boyd

Tier Four: Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell makes a tackle in a game against LSU on Oct. 13 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  T O N Y W A L S H / S T A F F Davis has stepped up, starting against Florida and Kentucky and has accumulated 18 tackles this season. Freshman Tyson Campbell has started every game at cornerback. He ranks fourth on the team with 35 total tackles, and teammates have praised his maturity and confidence. “He’s taking stuff a little bit more seriously than he was at the beginning,” Reed said. “He’s learning how to watch film, he’s learning how to practice, which is a big thing for young guys.” A reason so many freshmen have been able to contribute is the fact many of them enrolled last January, Smart said. Coming to campus early gave them more time to acclimate. “You want to bring good players in your program, but it’s not just getting them here,” Smart said. “It’s getting

them bought into the principles and values and doing what the seniors want and then buying in and also learning and dealing with the frustration of being away from home.” The contributions from freshmen have been crucial in 2018, as Georgia has remained the team to beat in the SEC East, despite losing key players to graduation and the NFL draft. While it may not have been in the original plan to play so many freshmen this season, one statement Reed made regarding Campbell illustrates the importance of just getting out on the field and playing early and often. “I only got confidence in myself by getting beat and going back out there,” Reed said. “So the more he plays, the more he learns the game, the more confidence he’ll have in himself.”

Besides Florida, these teams are trying to claw their way to bowl eligibility. The Gamecocks won against Ole Miss 48-44, but the tight win highlighted defensive concerns. Florida fell a tier after a decisive loss to Missouri, 38-17, and Missouri showed its offensive potential in the victory. Texas A&M lost its second consecutive game when it fell to Auburn in a 28-24 result. With these results, Florida is still bowl eligible, and the other three are one more win away from joining. — Kelsey Russo

Tier Five: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt At this point, the bottom feeders of the SEC have established themselves, with little hope for much improvement. Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all have just one conference win, while Arkansas has yet to get that elusive first SEC win. Ole Miss’s close loss to South Carolina didn’t help its resume. Tennessee won but only put up 14 points against Charlotte. Arkansas and Vanderbilt were both on bye this week, and the Razorbacks have a tough matchup with LSU Nov. 10 while the Commodores travel to Columbia, Missouri. — Janey Murray


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Swift and steady wins the race Kelsey Russo Football Beat Writer When D’Andre Swift was a young child, he would spend Sundays in front of the TV watching the Philadelphia Eagles. Living in Philadelphia, Swift grew up an Eagles fan and often watched games with his grandfather, Henry Holloway. Darren Swift, his father, said he remembers Swift expressing a dream during those early years while watching the Eagles. “He would always say to myself and to my father-in-law, ‘Dad — or Pop-Pop — I’m going to be on TV when I get older. I’m going to play in the

NFL,’” Darren Swift said. As a sophomore running back at Georgia, Swift is one step closer to achieving that childhood goal. He first stepped in the national spotlight during his freshman year in 2017 when he finished as the team’s third-leading rusher and fourth-leading receiver. In the wake of the departures of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, D’Andre Swift was called up to step into a featured role. For much of his sophomore year, he’s been hindered by injuries which set him back early on. But it didn’t stop from pursuing his childhood dream. Since returning to full form, Swift has gone on to have some of

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Carrying a heavier load Swift is hitting his stride at the right time for Georgia. Despite his uptick in offensive production, he believes he hasn’t yet reached his full potential. “I think that when I’m healthy, the sky’s the limit for me,” Swift said.  S E E S W I F T PAG E B 6



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Georgia defense faces a different challenge

For the fourth consecutive game, UGA will face a ranked SEC opponent. The previous three — LSU, Florida and Kentucky — featured run-heavy offenses, but Auburn boasts a big arm in quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as depth at the wide receiver position. Georgia’s defense is second in the SEC in passing yards allowed per game, but it will face its toughest test on Nov. 10 since Missouri.

Injuries not a problem on offense The offense has been hampered by several minor injuries from the last few games. They all appear to be non-issues heading into the Auburn game. Offensive linemen Ben Cleveland, Cade Mays and Lamont Gaillard were all seen practicing during the week, as was wide receiver Mecole Hardman. Even a sleeve on quarterback Jake Fromm’s leg was revealed to only be for a bruise. Georgia’s offense seems to be as healthy as ever for the Auburn game.

Bulldogs embark on road to SEC championship — and beyond A win over Kentucky on Nov. 3 clinched Georgia a spot in the SEC title game. While a daunting matchup with No. 1 Alabama awaits in Atlanta, the Bulldogs have to stay focused in the coming weeks for that game to have playoff potential. If Georgia wins all three of its remaining regular season games, it can land in the playoff with a win over Alabama. Auburn, ranked 24th in the country, presents the toughest remaining challenge.

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Quarterbacks Auburn has relied on Jarrett Stidham’s arm more than Georgia has relied on Jake Fromm’s. Stidham therefore has more attempted passes and more yards this season. Still, Fromm has thrown for more touchdowns and been more accurate. At Sanford Stadium, expect Fromm to outperform the Tiger quarterback. EDGE: GEORGIA

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Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter (13) attempts to tackle Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017. Auburn defeated the Bulldogs, 40-17.  R E A N N H U B E R / S T A F F

Auburn’s Ja’Tarvious Whitlow is as good as any running back on Georgia’s roster. But beyond Whitlow, it is difficult to find anyone who stacks up to Elijah Holyfield or D’Andre Swift. This discrepancy in depth is why Georgia is first in the SEC in rushing and Auburn is 12th. EDGE: GEORGIA

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2013 This could have been remembered as the game where Aaron Murray engineered a 20-point fourth quarter comeback to upset a top-10 Auburn team on the road. But Nick Marshall had other ideas. Facing a 38-37 deficit with 0:36 left in the game, the Auburn quarterback launched a pass into triple coverage. Georgia defenders deflected the ball, which landed in the hands of Auburn’s Ricardo Lewis, who streaked into the end zone to secure a 43-38 win.

2007 Georgia greeted Auburn and the Sanford Stadium crowd in black jerseys for the first time ever. Matthew Stafford sliced up Auburn with 237 passing yards and Georgia’s defense picked off Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox four times as the Bulldogs routed the Tigers 45-20.

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The NCAA instituted overtime for all college football games before the 1996 season. It was only fitting Auburn and Georgia battled through a four-overtime game that year. The Bulldogs came out on top, 56-49, on the road at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The outcome of the game probably isn’t remembered as well as the photo of Uga V jumping at Auburn receiver Robert Baker.

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Ever since a dreadful performance against LSU, Georgia’s defensive front has shown improvements week by week. But the Bulldogs still haven’t caught up to the Tigers. Auburn’s defensive line sports three large, experienced players, and the defense ranks fourth in the nation in tackles for loss. EDGE: AUBURN


offensive line is getting healthier and han Auburn’s. While Auburn struggles he Bulldogs are coming off a 331-yard ance against a solid Kentucky defense. for the Tigers? Auburn has allowed 13 to Georgia’s eight, and ranks 11th in

Auburn and Georgia boast similar pass defense numbers, but Georgia’s talent pool in the secondary surpasses Auburn’s. Deandre Baker is possibly the best cornerback in the conference, and the reemergence of Tyrique McGhee has the made the position group even more dangerous. EDGE: GEORGIA

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Swift had his first career 100-yard rushing game against Florida on Oct. 27, where he finished with 104 rushing yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Just seven days later against Kentucky on Nov. 3, he broke the personal record he set the week before, rushing for 156 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns. While he’s found success the past two weeks, Swift wasn’t as explosive earlier in the season. He dealt with different injuries throughout the season. He suffered a foot contusion against LSU and revealed in September he also dealt with a groin injury, similar to one he dealt with this spring. Swift’s accomplishments were recognized, and he was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 5 for his career-setting performance against Kentucky. “I’m getting back healthy, so I think people are going to start seeing more of me exploding and stuff like that,” Swift said. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart recognizes Swift’s growth from last season. During a press conference on Sept. 25, he said Swift has become more of an explosive running back. Smart pointed out the differences in Swift between his two seasons. He was in the role as the change-up running back his freshman year because Michel and Chubb were Georgia’s featured backs. This season, Swift has taken more reps and has worked to be a featured running back. “I’m very pleased with his ability to protect and catch the ball out of the backfield,” Smart said. “He’s working really hard.” Swift has been splitting carries this season with junior running back Elijah Holyfield through Georgia’s nine games. Swift acknowledged a competitive nature between the two of them, but referred to Holyfield as a brother. Holyfield expressed a similar sentiment about Swift. He said they work to push each other to improve and be more vocal leaders for the team. “We do a lot together, on and off the field, so I mean, we complement each other really well,” Swift said.

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Swift’s ability isn’t a new phenomenon. He was recognized in high school for his talent. Vanderbilt senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur said at SEC Media Days he remembered playing against Swift in high school. Shurmur attended LaSalle College High School, a rival school to Swift’s St. Joseph’s Prep. “I was a junior and he was a freshman, and he was one of the best players on the field, if not the best player on the field,” Shurmur said on July 19.

D’Andre Swift runs the ball during Georgia’s win over Tennessee at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 29.  R E B E C C A W R I G H T / S T A F F Gabe Infante, Swift’s high school coach, agreed. Infante said he believes D’Andre Swift is one the best players he’s ever seen in his 20-year coaching career. Swift’s strengths as a running back from high school translated into his current role at Georgia. Infante said he is asked to catch the ball out of the backfield, pick up hard yards and pass protect, three components that make him a well-rounded running back. “So when you really look at what he does, in my opinion, he’s the most complete back Georgia has,” Infante said. “Because no one else is asked to do everything he’s asked to do.” Infante’s memories of Swift include what the running back did on the football field in high school, from winning a state championship in 2016 to signing with Georgia. But the coach’s favorite memory comes in a small moment during his sophomore year of high school when the team stopped for lunch. Swift’s mother and sisters were traveling behind the team, and Infante invited them to eat. Infante said he watched Swift serve his younger sister and make sure she had what she needed in front of the football team. “To see the genuine love and care he had for his little sister told me a lot about that young man,” Infante said. “For him to just be focused on his sister was a wonderful tribute to him as to what is really important to him. His family is really important to him. He’s a very, very loyal young man.” Swift and Infante still keep in touch, either through texts or visits when he returns home to Philadelphia. Swift said their conversations revolve around school and a general discussion about life. Sometimes the conversations turn to football, where Infante might offer coaching pointers

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or advice. Mainly, though, Infante said their conversations are like two old friends catching up about life. “He just did a great job at just helping me become a better man,” Swift said.

Runnin’ down a dream When Swift runs wild on defenses and scores touchdowns for Georgia on Saturdays, people from his past are watching him, witnessing the next phase in Swift’s road to fulfilling his dream. Infante tries to watch every Georgia game he can to see Swift play, and he’ll sometimes text Swift on Georgia game days to offer his support. The running back said Infante helped him mature early on in high school, and his maturity level transferred well into his collegiate career from the beginning. When Darren Swift watches Swift play on TV, his father often sees a kid, instead of a star running back. He said he remembers when Swift carried the football for the first time, made his first catch and made his first block. He thinks of the young football player, the one who used to sit in front of the TV and dream of being on a national stage. “Ever since that point, nothing has deterred him from setting that track for himself,” Darren Swift said. “And that’s his goal no matter what, he feels his goal, that it’s obtainable.”

D’Andre Swift runs the ball during Georgia’s 38-12 win over Tennessee on Sept. 29 at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs beat the Volunteers, 38-12, and Swift scored two touchdowns.  T O N Y W A L S H / S T A F F


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MUSIC BUSINESS STUDENTS TO HOST ‘THE ACID TESTS’ CONCERT Melissa Ge Contributor Every fall semester, students in the music business program at the University of Georgia host a concert series at Nuçi’s Space, a venue that provides free healthcare to musicians with mental health issues and rehearsal spaces for practice. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the concert’s theme is “The Acid Tests,” featuring Trent in the Trees, The Family Recipe and Peter St. Sarah Lanier, a UGA junior public relations major and music business student will attend. “We have about 100 people in the class and our professor divided us into groups of about 17 to 18 people each,” Lanier said. “Each group is putting on a concert at Nuçi’s Space.” These concerts began in 2010 to teach music business students about concert promotion. The name of the concert series, Space Jam, was coined by Mercer West, the head of concert promotion company the Party Party Partners, when he gave a guest lecture in fall 2010. Space Jam gives students a chance to apply what they learn and also gives fans the opportunity to support the local community. In the case of “The Acid Tests,” all bands are local to either Atlanta or Athens. “The best way to learn how to do something is to do it,” said David Barbe, director of the music business program. Nuçi’s Space is a good size, close in proximity to the UGA campus and the Athens community is familiar with the venue, Barbe said. “It’s a great cause, and we like being in partnership with Nuçi’s Space on a number of events,” Barbe said. “It’s also a way for students to be involved in something where a valued community partner benefits.” For all the concerts, the $5 ticket price goes entirely back to Nuçi’s Space.

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Speaker: This professional race car driver will host an environmental talk titled “We Are Racing Extinction.” Where: Miller Learning Center When: 7–8:30 p.m. Price: Free

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Art: Three new exhibitions will open, featuring events like a panel presentation. Where: Lyndon House Arts Center When: 6–8 p.m. Price: Free

MUSCADINE BLOODLINE Music: This country duo will play an ages 18-and-up show. Where: Georgia Theatre When: 9 p.m.–midnight Price: $20

ROBYN HITCHCOCK, ELF POWER AND MAX PUTNAM Music: This all-ages show will feature three rock acts. Where: 40 Watt Club When: 8 p.m. Price: $21

Music: Mama’s Love, an Athens rock band, will perform with The Trolls and Hughes Taylor. Where: Nowhere Bar When: 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Price: $5


Party: This event, featuring games and crafts, will celebrate the release of the new “Fantastic Beasts” movie. Where: 2nd & Charles When: 2–4 p.m. Price: Free

RUMBA FINA Party: This night will feature DJs, and live percussionists. Where: Hendershots Coffee When: 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Price: $5–$7


Environment: The UGA Office of Sustainability will clean Tanyard Creek and the surrounding area. Where: Tanyard Creek When: 2–4 p.m. Price: Free

DREAMING OF THE REDCOAT BAND DAY Music: Become part of the UGA Redcoat Band for a day by participating in their traditions. Where: 5 Alumni Drive When: 1–6:30 p.m. Price: $15–$20

Drag: A lineup of drag queens will perform at this ages 21-and-up event. Where: Wayward Nightclub When: 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Price: $3

Music: This Nashville country-pop group will perform an ages 18-and-up show. Where: The Foundry When: 7–11 p.m. Price: $5 for students, $10 for general admission





Sports: Former Georgia football punter Drew Butler will be at a meet and greet. General admission includes a photo. Where: Tailgate Georgia When: Noon–2 p.m. Price: $25

Books: Avid Bookshop will host this pop-up book fair. Holy Crepe will provide food. Where: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. When: 2–5 p.m. Price: Varying

Festival: All proceeds will go to One 17 International to build and operate schools in Haiti and Cambodia. Where: 2435 S Milledge Ave. When: 7–10 p.m. Price: $5–$9

Film: This documentary screening will detail the life of artist Moshe Rynecki. Where: Seney-Stovall Chapel When: 7–9 p.m. Price: Free

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