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Battle over Michael’s Law

Athens-Clarke County police are not aggressively enforcing Michael’s Law. LEXI KIM/ S TA F F

Students, Athens bars sue state over constitutionality of law Charlotte Norsworthy @cfnorsworthy Since it went into effect on July 1, Michael’s Law has aimed to eliminate underage drinking and bring safety to local bars in Georgia. Michael’s Law stems from an incident in August 2014 in which Michael Gatto, an 18-year-old student at Georgia Southern University died soon after police say an off-duty bar bouncer, Grant Spencer, assaulted him outside of a Statesboro bar — Rude Rudy’s. After his death, Gatto’s parents began researching the state’s system of bar management that they believed was ultimately responsible for their son’s death. The law, formally known as Georgia House Bill 152, dictates several components, the main point being bars become strictly 21-and-older establishments. This includes prohibiting individuals under 21 from being able to work for or enter bars, with an intent to reduce underage drinking and risk. According to the law, a bar is defined as any

establishment that produces at least 75 percent of its sales in alcohol. Other establishments, such as music venues and restaurants, however, are exempt from the law. Five months later, there is a stark divide between bar owners and state legislators on the effectiveness of the law and how to properly implement it. Athens-Clarke County Deputy Chief of Police Justin Gregory said police are still having conversations about how to properly handle the details of the law. “We want the community to come together to address their concerns before we do anything drastic,” he said. Gregory said the department wants to focus on correctly understanding the law before venturing into aggressive enforcement. “We recognize the law itself is out there,” he said. “But it really is shifting the role [of responsibility] with the police to the bar owners [too].” Most original supporters of the bill continue to stand by how the law has been implemented.

‘Positive steps forward’ Athens bar owner Patrick Depaolo has owned and operated the downtown bar Cutter’s for 14 years. Michael’s Law has not changed the business of Cutter’s or the downtown scene, said Depaolo, who adheres to the law’s requirements. “I’m putting my best foot forward and hoping for the best,” he said. Representative Geoff Duncan of Cumming, who co-drafted the law, said the success is evident from the feedback he has received. “The feedback that we are getting from communities is that people are very thankful for the law as it was written,” Duncan said. The representative said “at the end of the day, I think that there were very few establishments that have been affected majorly.” Duncan recognizes the pushback received from the law, but said he would be quick to remind critics of the severity of Gatto’s death.  S E E M I C H A E L’ S L AW PA G E A 8


Rape reports decline as services expand for victims Katelyn Umholtz and Charlotte Norsworthy @Kumh0ltz @cfnorsworthy The Red Zone, a time between the start of fall semester until Thanksgiving break, is traditionally when more sexual assaults are reported on college campuses than any other point in the school year. H o w e v e r, t h e n u m b e r s i n A t h ens-Clarke County could be dropping compared to previous years, as education of rape culture rises. Liz Prince, director of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention services, said this education at the University of Georgia begins when students take their first steps on campus as freshmen. “I think the most important services that not only RSVP but the university provides is a comprehensive approach to services,” Prince said. “It starts at orientation, where incoming students receive information on resources that are available on campus. They start

to get messaging around bystander intervention and how to look out for each other.” Though the number of rapes reported to UGA police are going up, according to the University of Georgia Safe and Secure Report, with seven reports in 2013, 11 reports in 2014 and 13 reports in 2015, the numbers from other Athens resources show a decrease. Sally Sheppard, the executive director of The Cottage, a sexual violence resource center in Athens, said in an email to The Red & Black, that during the 2016 Red Zone there were 37 sexual assault reports privately reported to her, down two from last year and 10 from 2014. “We did not see a significant spike in sexual assaults reported to The Cottage during the Red Zone this year,” Sheppard said.

Student resources The numbers may be decreasing slightly on campus, but services are expanding on and off campus for sex-

ual assault victims. And nearly 33 percent of respondents in a Red & Black/ GLOBIS Center survey said they agree or strongly agree that UGA has policies that effectively limit sexual assaults on campus. The Cottage surveyed the community on its attitudes toward how sexual assaults are handled and treated in Athens-Clarke County. Rachel Allen, president of the board of directors at The Cottage, said the responses revealed an importance in providing services for victims. “Based on the 167 surveys completed, the majority of survey takers cited the importance of medical and mental health services for survivors of sexual assault as the most important community response, as well as increased

prosecution and penalties for perpetrators of sexual assault and the need for increased community awareness,” according to The Cottage press release.  S E E R E D Z O N E PAG E A 3

Sally Sheppard, director of The Cottage, said Red Zone reports were down in 2016. C A S E Y S Y K E S / S TA F F



Quick takes on stories you might have missed this week







Starbucks in Tate Student Center open for business

Tom Price named to lead Health and Human Services

National Novel Writing Month reaches conclusion

Georgia volleyball falls in final game of the season

Georgia football ends season with Georgia Tech loss

After months of construction, University of Georgia Food Services opened a Starbucks in the Tate Student Center on Nov. 28. In a 2015 poll conducted by UGA Food Services, participants said they wanted to more coffee options around campus, with Starbucks being the most popular. Starbucks will operate between 7 a.m. and midnight seven days a week. Students can use Bulldog Bucks and Paw Points as payment.

R e p . To m P r i c e , a R e publican congressman of Georgia’s 6th district, was chosen to lead the Department of Health and Human Services by President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 29. If confirmed by the Senate, Price, who has been a critic of the Affordable Care Act and government entitlement programs, will be the nation’s top healthcare official and could help dismantle the ACA, as Trump promised in his campaign.

National Novel Writing Month has come to a close. The annual event that insists authors write a fifty-thousand-word novel started on Nov. 1 and ended on Nov. 30. The process is grueling and maddening, yet hundreds of thousands of people flock to NaNoWriMo’s website year after year to participate. Athens alone had 1,772 people participating, many of which may be fellow students or coworkers.

Georgia volleyball played its final game of the season Nov. 26 in the Battle of the Bulldogs against Mississippi State. Georgia struggled to finish in a close match, dropping its 13th straight match, and 17 of the last 18. Mississippi State won behind two 20-plus kill performances. Evie Grace Singleton had 21 kills while Emily Hill had 20, in which their combination almost out-killed the entire Georgia team.

The Georgia Bulldogs football season concluded Nov. 26 with a loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2827. Georgia had been up in points for most of the game until the last 30 seconds, when Georgia Tech scored the go-ahead touchdown. Georgia finished its regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 record in the SEC. Having won at least six games, the team will play in a bowl game, expected to be announced soon.

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On Nov. 21, Athens-Clarke County police responded to a call at the intersection of East Clayton Street and College Avenue in reference to a case of battery between two homeless men. According to an eyewitness in a police report, one man punched another after yelling about a hand-held radio. After being hit, the man sat on a bench while the other man “kept yelling at him about burning down the Georgia Theatre.” According to the police report, when police found the man who dealt the punch, his “right hand had blood on it and was red on the knuckles.” Police placed the man under arrest for simple battery, according to the report.

University of Georgia police were dispatched to Reed Hall parking lot on Nov. 26 in reference to a student threatening to hit visitors with a liquor bottle. According to a police report, after leaving the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game, the first victim found the student urinating on the rear hatch and bumper of his vehicle. He reportedly asked the student to stop, who said he was going to finish urinating first. The first victim told police he left the student to speak with the student’s parents but was reportedly confronted from behind by the student with a full liquor bottle, police said. The student then kicked the first victim in the groin while pulling away from him. The second victim told police he witnessed the student confront and kick the first victim in the groin. After the student confronted the first victim, police said the student approached the second victim with the liquor bottle, which he said he took from the student. The second victim said he gave the liquor bottle back to the student after the student kicked his right shin. A third victim told police that as the student was fleeing from police, he put out his right forearm and struck her chin and shoulder. She was reportedly not in pain but did want to press charges. The first victim sustained a cut on his middle finger and felt pain in his left hand ring finger. He believed his finger was broken, and was examined by EMS. The second victim had visible scratches on his right shin, police said. Police arrested the student after smelling the odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and charged him with one count of battery, two counts of simple battery, obstructing a law enforcement officer and public drunkenness. All three victims reportedly signed prosecution request forms.

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Storm leads to power outages Charlotte Norsworthy and Savannah Peat @cfnorsworthy @savpeat In the aftermath of a brief tornado warning period on Nov. 30, power outage incidents in Athens are rising as thunderstorms continued to roll in through the afternoon. A tornado warning was issued in Athens-Clarke County at 2:44 p.m. and remained in effect until 3:15 p.m., according to Steve Harris, the director of Emergency Preparedness at the University of Georgia. As of Nov. 30, 41 power outage incidents were reported in the Athens area affecting 935 people, according to Meredith Stone, the communications specialist with Georgia Power. “Each one of these incidents needs to be touched by a crew,” Stone said. “They will repair them whenever conditions are safe.” The biggest area hit by the storm was surrounding Epps Bridge and Oconee Connector. Stone recommended that customers do not attempt to inspect downed power lines until Georgia Power can assess the damage. “We ask that people be patient with us and for everyone to stay safe,” she said. Epifanio Rodriquez, the public informa-

tion officer with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, advised individuals to remain indoors until after 6 p.m. that day when the tornado watch was lifted. “If you don’t have to be out remain in your homes and continue to monitor our social media page as we will provide updates if and when they come,” he said. According to a message sent through the University of Georgia emergency alert system, those in the Athens area were advised to be cautious when returning to regularly-scheduled activities and encouraged to call police if any injuries, chemical and gas spills or damages were found. Some professors and campus organizations canceled classes and meetings until 6 p.m. after the tornado warning was lifted. Dominic Rudin, a sophomore biochemistry major from Buford, said when the emergency weather sirens sounded, he was worried about an organic chemistry test he and hundreds of other students were scheduled to take at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. “I was especially nervous other during the storm, but now that the rain has stopped I’m ready to take it,” said Rudin. “I wish it had been canceled, however.”

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On Nov. 23, Athens-Clarke County police pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of Lexington and Barnett Shoals roads for non-working tail lights, and found a man in possession of methamphetamine. According to a police report, when police asked for his license, the man said he did not have one. With cause to arrest the man for driving without a license, police said they then searched the man and his vehicle. According to the report, police found “several small plastic zip lock baggies” with a white powdery substance in them on the man’s body. Upon further search, police also found a “live 9mm round in his pocket” and other baggies in the passenger compartment. The substance found in the baggies tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report. The man was placed under arrest and charged with possession of the drug and driving without a valid license.

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Beliefs, not bigotry, drive Trump voters Student Trump supporters defend presidential choice amid protests and rallies following historic election Savannah Peat @savpeat “Hate inspires hate — hate inspires division,” said University of Georgia junior Leah Johnson. The rift Johnson is referring to is the one created on Nov. 8, the day Republican candidate Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. It is a schism Johnson and the 12,716 other citizens in Athens-Clarke County who voted for Trump are experiencing in a county won by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in a state taken by Trump. The issues from Trump’s election not only stem from the separation of the American population but from the stigma attached to each vote cast. The President-elect’s voters specifically have dealt with a growing perception of “having an assumed racist and sexist mindset,” said Haley Partridge, a junior at Athens Technical College. Why, she asks, would someone vote for a candidate purely for the excuse to be discriminatory to other people? Partridge, as well as other right-wing students, feels her vote has nothing to do with bigotry, but rather other beliefs aligned with Trump’s campaign. “More of my beliefs about the size of government, foreign policy, and gun rights would line up more with Donald J. Trump than any other candidates,” said Emily Brooks, a sophomore. Brooks and fellow student Brett Piland developed their conservative ideals throughout their childhood and continue to adhere to them today. Piland said he favored Trump initially, due to his prior stronghold in conservative beliefs. “My father is a small business owner who has built a successful business from the ground up with a lot of sacrifice along the way,” Brooks said. People like Brooks’s father are a large demographic in support of Trump’s mission to cut the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. According to an exit poll from NBC, 45 percent of voters believe Obamacare has gone too far. The poll also showed that of those voters,

80 percent cast their vote for Trump. “I personally just want to see a change in the way the government is run, and I see Trump as the more likely of the two to do that,” Piland said. Emily Wyatt, a freshman at the University of North Georgia, is proud of her political beliefs. “I pride myself on being a Republican, and agree with Trump’s views on immigration, guns, abortion, national security and health care,” Wyatt said. However, Johnson, who has identified as a Republican as long as she can remember, struggled with her previously-conceived ideals during the election. “I like to believe that beneath all the awful things he has said and done, Trump ultimately is really trying to do something good,” she said. Despite any qualms against Trump, the other major motivation behind the students’ vote had nothing to do with an advocation for discrimination, but rather their shared disagreement against Clinton and her policies. Several voters felt the same way. According to an exit poll from CNN, 73 percent of Trump voters felt Clinton was untrustworthy, and 98 percent felt only Trump is honest. “I knew my moral conscious was against Clinton, and her comments on the Church itself — and the desire to undermine it — made it impossible for me to feel okay about supporting her,” Johnson said. Brooks took issue with Clinton running on the idea of becoming the first female president. “I think that as a female, I deserve someone better than her representing me and speaking for my entire gender,” she said. Piland similarly did not trust her due to her use of a private email server and her association with the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Their convictions, the students feel, do not justify the marches, signs and protests stretching across America. From outside Trump Tower in New York, to an anti-Trump rally in downtown Athens, many have protested Trump’s election. Wyatt believes the judgment associated with her vote stretches to both parties.

“If Hillary had won, I wouldn’t go burning American flags or try picking fights with people who voted for her,” Piland said. Johnson does not see any value in the protests. “Generally, we just need to be understanding and focused on progress — hateful protests aren’t going to move us forward at all,” Johnson said. Moving forward, they feel, is the only way to progress past the division created by the election. “What will move us forward is if we take time and reach across party lines and find a way to work together on our common goal of bettering society,” Johnson said. For Piland, that starts with accepting the results of the election. “People just need to put the election aside and move along as a united nation now that it’s all over,” Piland said.

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UGA online courses see dramatic rise in popularity Erin Schilling @erinschilling85 According to the Babson Survey Research Group, online course enrollment across the nation is on the rise. In 2015, close to 28 percent of all enrolled students were taking at least one online course, a number that has been rising by a few percentage points each year. At the University of Georgia, there has been a far more drastic growth in online programs in recent years. Since summer 2013, total online summer enrollment is up 265 percent, with undergraduate enrollment up 351 percent, said Nancy Byron, marketing manager at the Office for Online Learning. Byron attributes the rise in enrollment to an emphasis on the idea online courses do not differ from in-person classes. Academic advisors treat the courses the same as they would face-to-face classes, she said. Advisors will sometimes recommend online classes when considering a student’s

Highest Online Enrollments  Spring 2016: FINA4920 (229)  Summer 2016: HORT3440E (138)  Fall 2016: FINA4920E (152)

schedule and intended major. In turn, this strategy removes the need for much advertising on the university’s part, allowing advertising funds to almost exclusively flow toward promoting UGA graduate programs. UGA offers 16 graduate degrees online, including varying master’s programs in education. These programs are primarily digitally advertised, Byron said. “The focus is on reaching audiences not currently at UGA,” she said. “Graduate degrees are usually taken by adult learners in that profession already. Byron markets the academic for-credit courses by working with individual programs and recruiting students, as well as through an online professional development offered by the Georgia Center. As far as undergraduate enrollment, the courses usually target students who want to continue their education specifically throughout the summer term. James Castle, the lead instructional designer at the Office of Online Learning, said the designers’ main concern has been on these courses. “We want to have an undergraduate portfolio so that, as students leave Athens, they can still be working toward completing their degree,” he said. Byron said more undergraduate courses are often offered during the summer semester, when demand is at its highest. During the Summer 201 term, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Scienc-

es offered 32 courses total, with the Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants class having the highest enrollment of all online courses, Byron said. Franklin College of Arts and Sciences offered the most summer courses in 2016, with 101 options, though the options drop to around 30 courses during the normal school year. During the spring and fall 2016 semesters, Terry College’s Financial Modeling Class had the highest enrollment, with the college offering around 20 courses during each semester. Aside from the summer semester, the College of Education offered the most online courses each semester for undergraduate learners, with more than 70 courses each term. The Office of Online Learning also offers two complete online undergraduate degrees, a bachelor of science in special education and a bachelor of business administration. In all these programs, Castle said the success rates are monitored by the individual colleges themselves. The Office of Online Learning works with each college on how to create the courses to accurately assess their goals, while the college measures student achievement. “The general finding is that online learning and face-to-face are basically equivalent, with online learning actually showing some increases of benefits in effectiveness and student achievement in some cases,”

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undergraduate summer enrollment increase since 2013 Castle said. A BSRG survey shows more than half of academic leaders also consider online and face-to-face learning to have similar outcomes, and the number of those who consider distance learning “inferior” to face-toface classes is dropping. With 67 percent of distance education students enrolled in public universities ,according to BSRG, Byron said one of the main marketing points for UGA’s online programs is the faculty. “Our greatest strengths are our faculty and dedicated instructional designers,” she said. “Students learn from the brightest minds in the fields.”

RED ZONE: The Cottage, ACCPD working to help rape victims  F RO M PAG E A 1

The survey led to a push by The Cottage to work more closely with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in order to better serve the community and its sexual assault victims. Part of that includes creating a protocol for rape kits. In August 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Division of Forensic Services issued a preliminary report of at least 3,500 untested rape kits, some of them years old. A recent Georgia state law required all rape kits in the state to be sent to GBI’s lab by the end of each month in an attempt to avoid major backlog, a problem that has been evident for years. Georgia Senate Bill 304, also known as the Compassionate Care for Victims of Sexual Assault Act, requires ACCPD to collect rape kits from Athens-area hospitals within the first 96 hours of being notified. Allen said The Cottage has been working with Athens-Clarke County police to assess rape kit protocols in order to increase efficiency in treating survivors. While the National Institute of Justice awarded Georgia $1,487,656 in 2016 to assist in the State of Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Tracking and Reporting Project, Allen feels resources still lack in following up with the victims. “There’s no protocol offered or any resources offered on sort of what you do

The Cottage and ACCPD are establishing a protocol for backlogged rape kits. C A S E Y with all these kits once you have them and contacting the survivors and everything,” Allen said. “The Cottage and the ACCPD Sex Crimes Unit worked together to put together a protocol which they are hoping will become a best practices on how to han-

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dle those survivors and what options they have.” Sheppard applauded the ACCPD for adopting such a protocol. “We are so proud to have worked with ACCPD to be the first jurisdiction in the

state of Georgia to create a protocol for reaching out to survivors whose rape kits were backlogged and are now being processed,” Sheppard said in a press release. “This protocol will now be shared throughout the state to assist with the potential prosecution of sexual crimes, as well as to aid in the healing and recovery of survivors.” The Cottage has also started paying law enforcement to get specific training on handling sexual assault cases, as well as helping hire additional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners with ACCPD. “We have been working closely with Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners along with other Sexual Assault Response Team partners to solidify this agency’s impact in our community by hiring an executive director and gaining consistent funding,” Sheppard said. As far as immediate services go, Prince said RSVP is always available. Finding what step the victim should take next becomes the responsibility of other programs and services. “We are dealing with the immediate survivors’ needs at that moment,” Prince said. “Anything else they would need, we would refer them to counseling services either at CAPS or through any other Athens-Clarke County services. [But] we can help them with a safety plan.”



Weekend Preview Wintertime playlist Nicole Schlabach @nicoleshakalaka It’s cold outside. It’s almost finals week. ‘Tis the season for a much needed musical escape. In search of the acoustic equivalent of a hot chai latte? Welcome to the guilty pleasure of slow, rhythmic tunes to enjoy on a dark December night while wrapped in knitted quilts and an oversized sweater.

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel When Paul Simon wrote “Hello darkness my old friend,” perhaps he was alluding to daylight savings all along. The popular song, released in 1964, might have induced listeners at the time to stay inside and read a good book on cold winter days. Nowadays that probably means scrolling through Tumblr and reading poetry about loneliness.

“Warm On A Cold Night” by HONNE Andy Clutterbuck’s deep, crackly voice throughout this song will keep you warmer than an autumn bonfire ever could. Interestingly, Clutterbuck wrote the lyrics in the dark after listening to “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. Okay that last part isn’t true, but really, he actually did write the entire song in complete darkness.

Radical Face Ben Cooper’s voice and guitar chords combine to create a simple complexity reminiscent of a fallen snowflake. Most notably, the songs “Always Gold,” “Welcome Home, Son” and “All Is Well” will give listeners goosebumps that don’t have anything to do with the temperature.

“Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground Nothing epitomizes the wistfulness essence of a cold November night like Lou Reed’s voice singing, “Sometimes I feel so happy, sometimes I feel so sad, linger on your pale blue eyes.” There’s a warm undertone of tambourine and electric guitar beneath the lyrics that’s comforting to listen to while the rhythm sways like a well-worn rocking chair.

“Cold Arms” by Mumford and Sons This song is a raw expression of emotion, an unabashed cry for an answer to the difficult question: after giving someone a meager thread to hold onto in the form of a lie, do you tell them the truth even if it will destroy them?

“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver The drowsy “Re: Stacks” pairs Justin Vernon’s falsetto-filled vocals with light-fingered guitar creating a frosty feeling. Other Bon Iver songs worthy of a listen are “Holocene,” “22 (OVER S∞∞N” and of course “Skinny Love.”

“Is There a Ghost” by Band of Horses The lethargic rhythm in “Is There a Ghost” that slowly builds into a beat the listener can jam to is reminiscent of awakening from winter hibernation. Ironically, Ben Bridwell repeats over and over, “I could sleep, I could sleep.”

“Bella Donna” by The Avett Brothers The twangy “Bella Donna” has a heavy sadness it conceals behind a playful melody, catchy lyrics and light vocals.


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‘A Year in the Life’ is all that fans wanted Becca Beato @beccabeato The four 90-minute episodes of the “Gilmore Girls” revival season on Netflix, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” are packed tightly with answers to questions that have been troubling fans for years. Disclaimer: spoilers ahead. The series begins, but without the iconic song “Where You Lead.” Each episode begins with a simple title telling which season it is — after all it is a year in the life. Winter begins the revival season with Lorelai smelling fresh snowfall — even if there’s already snow on the ground. Kirk is still pursuing his pop-up business ideas, such as “öööber.” Lane is still rocking out even though she has two kids. Taylor is still controlling everything Stars Hollow, such as the “Hamilton” inspired town play. However, the changes are hard to get used to. Sookie is on a hiatus from the Dragonfly to develop food-growing techniques. The death of Richard Gilmore is no surprise as Edward Herrmann, the actor who portrayed him in the original series, has since died in real life, but seeing Emily, Lorelai and Rory deal with his loss is heartbreaking. Although, the worst 180-degree change of them all: Rory Gilmore. We watched Rory grow from an innocent freshman in high school to a successful college graduate. She comes in the new season strong as a booming journalist with “a lot of irons in the fire.” We are all as proud as Luke is after he puts her “The New Yorker” article on the back of the menus. The cracks in her character quickly become deeper and wider. She has a boyfriend who is so forgettable his existence is forgotten by almost everyone, including Rory, throughout the season. Only when Rory is with Logan in London does it become obvious that Rory is once again cheating, and worse Logan is engaged to another woman. Rory’s journalistic career comes crumbling down

as she loses inspiration and is turned down by three possible jobs, including an up-and-coming website “Sandy Says.” She settles by taking over as editor-in-chief of the “Stars Hollow Gazette” despite its lack of pay and outdatedness. In previous seasons, Rory has picked herself up and moved along — always with more drive than before. However, she lacks her usual momentum this time. She decides to write a book about her and Lorelai’s lives, entitled “Gilmore Girls.” Then the last four words of the season, which the “Gilmore Girls” Twitter account asked fans not to reveal, brings Lorelai and Rory’s lives full circle. Trying to think of Rory as anything besides the angel-child valedictorian seems impossible. After wondering why “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino would want to tear down such a perfect image, it became apparent: perfect is desirable, but not possible. We want to believe that perfection exists, so we pack it together in this idolized written character that so many of us identified with. Perfect doesn’t exist. Not even for Rory. The mistakes made seem a little late, but as Lorelai says, “peaks and valleys” referring to the ups-and-downs Rory has been so fortunate to avoid thus far. The immense pressure that has driven Rory so far caused her to burn out quickly. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is everything the committed “Gilmore Girls” fan has been fantasizing about since the series ended nine years ago. Luke and Lorelai finally get married. Rory makes peace with each of her exes — even if it is not the end with one of them. Emily’s character grows exponentially since Richard’s death as she keeps one maid consistently throughout the episodes and resolves disputes with Lorelai. The last four words of the season allude to possibility of future “Gilmore Girls” episodes. Now all “Gilmore Girls” fans will wait with crossed fingers to see if Amy Sherman-Palladino has anything else up her sleeve.


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Music Notes THURSDAY, DEC. 1

The Quiet Pack

Pumping out music from “the steam zone,” The Quiet Pack will be hitting the Caledonia Lounge for its EP release show Thursday night. Other sets will be played by the Atlantan electronic group, Dog Lover 420, local electronica band VHS Collectors Club and the indie-pop music duo Pop Weirdos. Music begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5 – 7.


Bungalo Fest

This music festival at the 40 Watt Club will see a variety of sets, including beloved Athens group Nifty Earth. Other performers include the mysterious local trio comprising funky rock band Harvey Funkwalker, blues-rock group the Vinyl Suns, acoustic performer Larkin Crawford and guitarist Chris Padgett. Music starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. All proceeds from Bungalo go toward the construction of a home in El Salvador as part of the philanthropic mission of UGA group, Project One Home.

Whisper Kiss

The Foundry will be hosting three performances Friday night, beginning with the acoustic sounds of the soft-spoken group Whisper Kiss. Caroline Aiken will fill the stage with whimsical blues. Finally, Honeychild, the loving project of Dream Boat’s Sara-Jean Ursrey, will play nostalgic, neon pop. Tickets are $8, and music starts at 8 p.m.

Hot Corner Hip Hop

Beats, rhymes, rhythms and more will fill the Caledonia Lounge as part of the Hot Corner Hip Hop

event, featuring popular local DJ Immuzikation. Other performers including Alen Edward Thomas, Nihlis, Cassie Chantel and Y.O.D. are invited to participate in a postgame freestyle open mic competition. Music begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5.


The Flicker Theatre & Bar will feature a long night of hard-hitting rock, from headliner Fuiste’s experimental sound fueled by guitars to Swamp’s more airy and scrappy sounds. Other sets include the folk-influenced feature of Kwazymoto and psychedelically-channeled Fashion Bath. Tickets are $5, and music begins at 10 p.m.


Future Lives

Four acts will play at the Flicker Theatre & Bar Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Davey Wrathgabar will play a solo set of folksy psych, followed by performances by both the Athenian band Tango Hambre and the indie rock group Fabulous Bird. The night’s headliner will be Future Lives, the locally-bred “Cali-country” group founded by original King of Prussia songwriter, Brandon Hanick.

Bit Brigade

Bit Brigade will perform by playing video game soundtracks as group member Noah McCarthy plays the game onstage at the Caledonia Lounge. Other performances will be by duo the Bronzed Chorus and instrumental metal trio Lazer/Wulf. Music begins at 9 p.m. with tickets at $8.

Music Notes compiled by Holly Roberts.

Mokah Johnson will lead a discussion on discrimination, criminalization and poverty in the Deep South. D A V I D A . B A R N E S / S T A F F

Event Listings THURSDAY, DEC. 1 UGA TATE MOVIE THEATER PRESENTS ELF What: The Tate Student Center will be kicking off December in festive spirit with a showing of the animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” followed by “Elf.” Where: Tate Theater When: 7 p.m. Price: Free

DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS What: Downtown Athens will host its annual Parade of Lights featuring many local organizations marching through the streets to this year’s theme “A Fairytale Christmas.” The evening will end in front of City Hall with the tree lighting ceremony featuring Santa. Where: The parade starts at the Corner of Pulaski and Dougherty and will end in front of City Hall When: 7 p.m. Price: Free

When: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10

SATURDAY DEC. 3 INDIE SOUTH FAIR’S HOLIDAY HOORAY What: Indie South Fair makes a pit stop on Saturday and Sunday, bringing its holiday market to Athenians looking for Christmas gifts. A Santa will also make a visit. Where: Chase Street When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Price: $3

SANTA PUB CRAWL What: Celebrate nine years of the Athens Annual Santa Pub Crawl with your finest Santa gear and a beer in hand. Funds will be donated to the Athens Area Humane Society. When: 5:30 – 11 p.m. Where: Various bars in downtown Athens, beginning with Boar’s Head Lounge Price: $15 – 20



What: Mokah Johnson will lead a discussion titled “Income Discrimination, Criminalization and Poverty in the Deep South.” Other guest speakers from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Athens Economic Justice Coalition will speak. Where: ACC Library When: 5:30 p.m. Price: Free

What: The Holistic Healing Fair and Holiday Market brings wellness and relaxation to the streets of Athens, right in time for finals and holiday stresses. Where: Flicker Theatre & Bar When: 12 – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 ATHICA PERCENTAGE NIGHT What: ATHICA will host a percentage night at Terrapin Beer Co. Terrapin tours will feature a photo booth, live music performed by DJ Osmose, food provided by Classic City ‘Que and an art gallery. Two dollars from each tour sale will go to ATHICA. Where: Terrapin Beer Co. When: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Price: Tours including beer samples start at $12

SUNDAY DEC. 4 HOLIDAZE FESTIVAL What: An artist market combined with new featured work in the galleries, along with some early holiday celebration. Where: Farmington Depot Gallery When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.



What: Calling all Harry Potter fans: The Rook & Pawn and other Athens businesses bring real life Harry Potter Wizard’s Chess to a parking lot near you. Where: The Rook & Pawn When: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

What: UGA’s undefeated club hockey team will compete against Georgia Tech as the team hopes to remain unbeaten. Where: Classic City Center

Event Listings compiled by Katelyn Umholtz and Nate Bramel.



Traditional dating is dead

College rivalries go too far

Modern dating is just seeing who can care the least Rachel Grace @rachelmgrace There was a time when two people might go on a date, a blind date even, set up by mutual friends or maybe take a leap of faith and ring up the local darling on the phone and plan something fun for the weekend. These two people might go out for milkshakes and a drive in movie, look each other in the eye, have a great conversation, share some laughs and maybe even end the night with a kiss.

Dating has transformed in the modern age. MICHELLE BARUCHMAN / S TA F F



Now, we exist in post-dating, hookup-culture, a minefield of unanswered texts and Snapchats and the art of being interested but ever-so unavailable, where gender roles are undefined and technology is the middle man. Are you guys dating? No we are “talking.” No we are just “hanging out.” No we are just a “thing.” A “thing,” is just enough to be considered exclusive, but not enough to deserve an actual label. Modern day dating is just seeing who can care the least until someone downloads Tinder or dies. “I can’t say I’ve ever been asked on a real date,” said Amelia Brown, a junior political science major, “unless you count the typical ‘u up?’ text at three in the morning, which, I certainly don’t.”

People are disposable now. I mean look at Tinder, where you symbolically throw someone away by swiping left, and when you swipe them right, you shuffle them into your deck of 20 plus potential suitors who are just trying to get you in bed, and that you probably were not going to respond to anyway. “It’s all about immediate gratification,” Brown said. “How much attention you can get in the shortest amount of time — quantity, not quality. I mean it’s not that I’m surprised or anything. That’s what social media is, and social media runs our lives.” In 2016, 78 percent of people living in the United States reported using social media, according to Statista, a projected 2.5 billion by 2018, so it is no wonder that online interaction plays such a prominent role in romance. “You think you know someone just because you read their Twitter feed, so you can just skip all the formalities of really getting to know someone,” said Ilana Gomez, a fifth year chemistry major, “When you mostly interact with someone over text and Instagram and all that, it makes you confused about intimacy, you miss out on social cues and body language, and ultimately lose your ability to communicate genuinely.” Many of the issues related to today’s dating are due to undefined gender roles within our society. Men no longer feel the need to “take care of” this new breed of independent women, and yet they still have some expectation to be romanced, but are not willing to initiate it themselves. “I think a lot of guys use the whole ‘independent woman’ thing as a scapegoat to avoid doing any actual work in a relationship,” said Ryan Blake, a senior economics major. “But that’s what relationships are: work. They’re not easy and I think our generation wants them to be, as a result we are getting bored of each other more easily. Nobody is willing to commit.” Despite the complete utter lack of romance and effort in the modern age’s dating culture, some find that the laidback and casual style allows people to form a more fluid and genuine connection, but casualness should never replace effort. Gender roles are obsolete; romance isn’t.

Rachel Grace is a junior from Johns Creek majoring in journalism.


5 ways to relieve finals stress Drop Some Curse Words

Lexi Nickens @redandblack As exams, projects and term papers approach, university students probably win the prize for the most stressed out group of people in an incredibly stressed out nation. To relieve stress, you could sleep more, exercise regularly, or eat better. However, those stress relief techniques take time and energy very few of us have. Instead, here are some quicker and easier ways to reduce any exam anxiety you may be feeling right now.

Punching your pillow may not solve your problems, but cursing it out could help you deal with some of your stress. A study found that people can endure more pain for a longer time by screaming curse words. The study focused on physical pain, but perhaps swearing can relieve your mental pain as well. It’s always worth a try. However, it is important to remember that expletives lose emotional power the more you use them. Therefore, overusing curse words may decrease their cathartic value.

Give More Hugs

Wash Dishes

Just washing dishes to cross it off your to-do list probably won’t alleviate any stress. However, done properly, washing dishing can promote mindfulness, an attitude known to relieve stress. In one study, participants washed dishes mindfully by concentrating on the smell of the soap or the feel of the water. After washing the dishes, participants felt less nervous and more inspired, the perfect combination for acing finals.

As we get more stressed, we tend to want more physical space, but we actually need the opposite. Physical affection releases the chemical oxytocin in our brain. Oxytocin decreases the level of stress hormones in our body and also lowers blood sugar. So start regularly giving your loved ones, pets included, giant bear hugs. The physical contact will help calm down and also hopefully make your loved ones feel happier too.

Get a Fish

Research shows that observing fish swim around underwater can actually lower blood pressure and heart rate. However, the study was conducted using a 550,000 liter tank, so one fish may not be enough. You probably need take a trip over to your closest aquarium in order to relieve some stress.

Sit up

Simply correcting your posture can improve your ability to respond to stressful situations. In one study, participants were instructed to either slump or sit upright during a job interview. After the interview, participants who sat upright reported higher self-esteem, more alertness and a better overall mood. So maintaining good posture while taking your finals could not only help you feel happier, but it may also help you get a better grade. Nothing relieves stress like passing the final you studied all night for.

Football blinds fans to vandalism and disrespect


eorgia and Georgia Tech’s football teams have fought tooth and nail for victory over the last four years, with each team taking its turn on top and resulting in a not-so-clean, old fashioned rivalry game. The back and forth over the match-up has upped the rivalry between the two universities, which led to several Georgia Tech players destroying our beautiful hedges on Nov. 26. Georgia Tech’s victory celebration was a distasteful display of disrespect. It’s as simple as that. Fans could argue at length that it’s just a rivalry or that the Georgia Tech players were avenging our team for sticking the Georgia flag into their field last year, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Celebrating a win over a rival team feels good. It’s a moment that all football teams deserve to experience. But college football rivalry celebrations have become increasingly enraged. Take, for example, the 2011 Iron Bowl game. After the match-up, an Alabama fan poisoned Auburn’s famed trees at Toomer’s Corner. The man responsible for the poisoning, Harvey Updyke, was charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief and sentenced to six months in jail and five years on probation for a Class C felony. He was also fined $800,000 and banned from entering Auburn University property. And yet, some Alabama fans considered Updyke’s response reasonable or in good fun. Some Georgia Tech fans have expressed similar feelings on social media and say their team’s destruction of our hedges was reasonable. How is it that football blinds us to vandalism? College rivalries should be fun; fans should celebrate with rowdy cheers, jaunts and sideline joy when their team wins. It’s things like screaming along with “Glory, Glory” or chanting “Ain’t nothin’ finer in the land” that bind together generations of fans, not putting pieces of foliage in mouths, beating up cruddy cars or poisioning trees. Georgia Tech fans will no doubt be quick to point out that Bulldog fans aren’t innocent in this rivalry. And we aren’t. But, at some point, we have to stop arguing “They started it!” and start being adults. This isn’t about rivalry — it’s about decency and respect, two traits that neither team’s fans have displayed toward the other in the last four years.

Written by Kelcey Caulder on behalf of the Editorial Board of The Red & Black.

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Gordon Hobbs (left) and Clay Koellner (right) represent the small population of male students majoring in fashion merchandising. A U S T I N

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Few and far between Within UGA’s fashion merchandising program, male students are largely outnumbered Danny McArthur @Danny_CMcArthur Clay Koellner, a fifth-year fashion merchandising major from Fayetteville, changed his original major to fashion merchandising when he transferred from Alabama to UGA his junior year. He immediately noticed a gender disparity once he began taking his core classes. “Within the university, I would say, in most classes, I’m the only guy, or there’s two of us. There’s never really more than three in a class of about 40 or 50 students. And then I worked with Kohl’s [for an internship], there was probably 85 percent female workers and employees — so yeah I would say it’s definitely a very female dominated industry,” Koellner said. Despite being in the minority, Koellner found the gender difference to be less of a setback than expected. In fact, he even found it sometimes gave him an edge; in one class where he did a project about trends forecasting, he was the only one who talked about male trends. “It’s kind of hard not to be aware of it, but as the semester goes on, as classes go on, you meet people ... you become friends with people, and I don’t really think about it,” Koellner said. Gordon Hobbs, a senior fashion merchandising major from Kennesaw, finds that being the only male in a class can mean more chances of sharing his opinions, which helps him become memorable to his professors. “[My professors] will be like, ‘Gordon, what’s your opinion?’, or ‘As a male, what’s your opinion on this?’” Hobbs said. Andrew Stanley, a senior from Buchanan, decided to become a marketing major with a fashion merchandising minor because he wanted better job prospects while using his minor as a way to specialize. While he finds most people are supportive,

Within the university, I would say in most classes I’m the only guy, or there’s two of us. C L AY KO E L L N E R

Stanley often finds himself describing his university studies differently depending on his audience. With older generations, he often plays up the marketing aspect more, but with the younger people he feels more comfortable mentioning his minor because they tend to be more accepting of it. “That’s kind of the stereotype within what men do. Men see it as kind of a female-dominated industry ... you don’t really think about it being like a really male, testosterone-driven field, I guess,” Stanley said. Koellner did not feel a lot of the same stigma. Besides his mom being a buyer, he had both a grandfather and a great grandfather who also worked in the fashion industry. Since he grew up in the fashion industry due to his family having generational ties to it, he was not afraid to pursue it. This stereotype often plays out in very real ways for some male merchandising majors. Hobbs always knew he loved fashion, but did not choose it as his original major. Once he switched to fashion merchandising, he found being one of the only men in the majority of his classes was a sort of double edged sword. On one hand, it was advantageous because as the minority voice, his opinions stood out more. However, because of this same fact, there was also sometimes the expectation to speak fully on men’s fashion despite his own interests being more towards women’s fashion. He wants to be a buyer after graduating, but he wonders how his gender will affect his postgrad options. “I know some fashion houses, or some boutiques, would only hire women. Even in Athens, I’ve witnessed that. [A friend] applied to a lot of places and he got denied from most of them because they were like, ‘But this is a women’s store,’” Hobbs said. Koellner chooses not to think about how his gender will affect his post-grad options. Instead, he hopes that any decision made to hire or not hire him will be made on his own merits rather than on being a man. UGA Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors assistant professor Monica Sklar noticed the trend of men being among the minority in the fashion industry while teaching in the midwest. She observed a slight uptick in students where fashion was linked with other schools, such as marketing with fashion. Often, the challenge came in showing that

Fast Facts   Sometimes a male fashion student will be the only male out of 40 students in a class.   Some male fashion students said they face assumptions about their sexuality.   UGA Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors assistant professor, Monica Sklar, comments that textile sciences are gender neutral.   Senior Gordon Hobbs takes advantage of the opportunities to speak up in class as one of the only males.

fashion was not small in scope and touched on a variety of processes, and getting the information out that students can make their interests apply to fashion. “The fashion industry is seen as feminine, but the commercialized[aspects] — the textile sciences — they’re gender neutral. They can appeal to anyone of any interest, but because fashion socially has a feminine connotation, male students, who are less familiar with how many different interests we touch on in the department, might be less inclined to research that it could be an area for them to be perfectly happy,” Sklar said. The feminine connotation often translates into misconceptions about sexuality, and the assumption that men who are in the fashion industry are gay. “It’s funny, when I’m like, ‘Oh I’m in fashion merchandising,’ and [people say] ‘I can totally see that because you’re gay’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ Not all gay men are fashionable, not all know anything about fashion — they don’t know how to dress. And I also think that’s hilarious because there’s a good amount of heterosexual males in the industry that are brilliant and amazing,” Hobbs said. Stanley, has learned to shake off comments such as these. Despite the taboo that surrounds men pursuing fashion in their studies, he encourages any men interested to go for it. “I enjoyed it immensely and don’t regret for a second doing it. I made a ton of good friends, I made good contacts, I can’t really say anything bad about it,” Stanley said.



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MICHAEL’S LAW: ‘More harm than good’  F RO M PAG E A 1


Restaurant smokehouse damaged in fire

“We are talking about underage drinking,” he said. “We are just trying to take the positive steps forward and address a problem that is there statewide and nationwide.” The conditions that existed within some of the bar scenes in Georgia before the law was enacted were unacceptable and in need of accountability, Duncan said. “The establishment where Michael was harmed at had over 70 citations that were never reported to the Department of Revenue,” he said. “There had to be a change.” However, that change has caused many bar owners and employees to reorganize their businesses and seek new employment. Brady Easton, a student at UGA lost his job as a bouncer at Stonewall’s on Jackson, because his manager said his employment was in violation of Michael’s Law. “It has done more harm than good personally. I had to get an on-campus job because it was the best thing that could provide flexibility for my class schedule,” Easton said. “But now, my work schedule has a minimum weekly hours requirement that occupies a lot of time that I would devote to schoolwork in the past.” Easton said having a job downtown was the ideal situation for his schedule because “it didn’t interfere with my school and I could work when I wanted to.”

Lawyer Kevin Epps is representing an association of bars in the suit. L A N D O N the lawsuit, which was formally filed on Aug. 29. “One constitutional argument is that we are saying the law violates the Equal Protection Clause under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Georgia,” Epps said. “They are discriminating against people under the age of 21 and these bar establishments.” The Equal Protection Clause listed in the 14th Amendment states that “no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Epps said his clients are also arguing that Michael’s Law is in violation of the Due Process Clause under both the U.S. Constitution and Georgia State Constitution. “The Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution has a protection to a person and property is paramount to the duty of the government and that it shall be impartial and complete,” Epps said. “Liberty and property includes their right to work, and by Michael’s Law, they have excluded these individuals from their right to work.” The final clause in the lawsuit includes the violation of the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits states from interfering with private contracts. “There was an employment contract between these bars and these employees, and they interfere with that contract by saying that if you are under 21, you cannot work there,” Epps said. “So ultimately, we are asking for the court to rule that Michael’s Law is

Encroaching on rights The interference is one of many reasons three students who were fired from their jobs at downtown Athens bars sought representation to sue the state of Georgia, arguing that Michael’s Law is unconstitutional. Kevin Epps, an Athens-based attorney representing the three students and a coalition of Athens bars said the cohort is arguing three main points in

Ultimately, we are asking for the court to rule Michael’s Law is unconstitutional. KEVIN EPPS

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unconstitutional and that it cannot be enforced.” In order to do that, Epps’ clients are asking to enter in a permanent injunction against the state, specifically the Georgia Department of Revenue. “They are the branch of the government that would be enforcing this injunction issued to allow people under the age of 21 to work in bars,” he said. Epps said there is “no rational basis for the claim” that prohibiting under-age individuals from working in bars will reduce underage drinking in Georgia. “Let’s take for instance you had a bar downtown and their gross sales exceed 75 percent based on alcohol, and you have a bar across the street, or a bar and restaurant, whose gross sales fall at 74.9 percent of alcohol, Michael’s Law doesn’t apply to that establishment,” he said. “This is arbitrary.” Epps said they are now waiting for a hearing to be scheduled in Fulton County, which could take anywhere from 60 to 90 days. Other states have attempted to establish laws similar to Michael’s Law that provide age restrictions on bar employees. These laws in other states have been either “struck down or are working their way through the process,” Epps said. “There’s nothing like this that has been filed anywhere else in the state of Georgia,” he said.

— Savannah Peat, Nate Harris, and Grace Walker contributed to this article.

Smoke emanating from the Pulaski Heights BBQ smokehouse is not uncommon. But on Thanksgiving Day, Chuck Ramsey said the smoke “didn’t look right.” Ramsey, owner of Pulaski Heights BBQ, arrived at the restaurant on Nov. 24 to find the smokehouse going up in flames. Staff at the restaurant said they have no idea how the fire started, which left the smokehouse charred, blackened and effectively unusable. Determined to keep business moving and customers fed, Ramsey got a mobile version of his old smoker on Nov. 28 and is already back to serving the regular menu. “The loss of sales were not unsubstantial for the weekend, but we’re back up and running now, and can hopefully make up that difference.” Ramsey said Pulaski Heights BBQ will use the mobile smoker for roughly one or two months until the restaurant is able to have a new smoker built and shipped to its location on Pulaski Street. Though Ramsey and his staff are working with the temporary mobile smoker, the fire was contained to the smokehouse, leaving the inside kitchen and dining area without any damage. Ramsey said in the days since the fire, the restaurant has received generosity and support from the “wonderful community of restaurant and food people in this town.” Despite being closed for cleaning and preparation, loyal customers continued to stop by to purchase stew, chili and gumbo. There was even an influx of support from the restaurant’s competitors. “Christopher, the guy that owns Saucehouse [BBQ], came by this morning and offered to help out any way they could,” Ramsey said. “They’ve got a mobile smoker as well that he was willing to let us borrow.” Ramsey said Creature Comforts offered to help if any Pulaski Heights BBQ employees have lost income from the fire. “We’re not quitting. We have our full menu back up — there have been some rumors floating around that the entire restaurant had burned down and that we’re closed, but that’s not the case,” Ramsey said. “We’re there and we’re cooking, and my people need paychecks, so I need people to come eat.”. — Heather Bryan  S E E P H O T O S O N PAG E B 6

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Establishing a national legacy Once a Georgia tennis player, Jeff Wallace has led Bulldogs for 31 seasons Michael Hebert @M_ABear55 In 1987, Jeff Wallace, two years removed from graduating from Georgia, had recently begun coaching his alma mater’s women’s tennis program. He arrived in Los Angeles at the NCAA tournament and watched as Stanford warmed up on the practice courts. As Stanford’s practice time expired, Wallace, ensuring his team would get its pre-tournament practice, quickly brought his team onto the courts, leaving then-Stanford head coach Frank Brennan bewildered. “Georgia? Who’s Georgia?” said Brennan, in a half-joking, half-serious way. “I’ll see you on Sunday,” Wallace joked back, as the championship match was set to be held on Sunday. The two coaches did face each other in the

championship match. Stanford, the top program in women’s tennis at the time, overcame the emerging Georgia team 5-1. That exchange on the courts in practice marked the beginning of the rivalry between Stanford and Georgia and the last time Brennan overlooked Wallace and the Bulldogs. In the years since, Wallace’s teams have won two NCAA national championships and six Southeastern Conference Tournament titles.

From out West to the Deep South Wallace, a Portland, Oregon, native, made his first trip to Athens, where he was impressed by head coach Dan Magill and Georgia’s program. “It just seemed that something special was happening here in this college town in the world of tennis,” Wallace said. Wallace played for Magill from 1982-1984, ending his career with a Southeastern Conference

singles title playing at the No. 6 spot and finishing fourth in NCAAs. Wallace, despite frequently playing on the No. 6 court, was known as a fierce competitor. “I’m old enough to remember watching Jeff compete,” said Georgia swimming head coach Jack Bauerle, a longtime friend of Wallace. “You didn’t want to get in a match with Jeff.” During Wallace’s playing days, Georgia was a team that continued to knock on the door as a national championship contender. One year after Wallace’s career ended in 1984, the Bulldogs earned their first NCAA title. Wallace served as a student assistant for that 1985 championship team, as he was finishing his degree. “I was pretty much a waterboy,” Wallace said. “I just did pretty much everything Coach Diaz and Coach Magill needed, but I enjoyed the heck out of it.”  S E E WA L L A C E PA G E B 3

Madison Duvall shifts from beam to board Alex Soderstrom @AlexGSoderstrom She climbed up the ladder, showing no hesitation as she ascended each step. As she stood on the board, she crossed her arms at the wrist and looked down. The natatorium was noisy, the sounds of splashing and a Drake song echoing through the facility. Fellow swimmers and divers filled the room. But Georgia diver Madison Duvall seemed as if she was the only one there, alone some 10 feet above the water. Duvall stepped forward, bounced on the board twice and launched herself into the air. One. Two. Three flips. Her body spun in circles as she began her descent into the pool. She straightened out and slipped into the water, momentarily disappearing into a cloud of foam. A sophomore on the undefeated Bulldogs women’s swimming and diving squad, Duvall has enjoyed a stellar November. She took first and second respectively in the one- and three-meter springboards against

I broke my L4 and L5 vertebrae in my back. [The doctors] were like,‘No, your body can’t handle [gymnastics].’ M A D I S O N D U VA L L

Wisconsin and was named Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week after Georgia’s triumph over Georgia Tech. But there was a time the Woodstock native dreamed of suiting up for an entirely different sport at Georgia. “I wanted to do gymnastics [at Georgia] when I was little,” Duvall said. “I always went to the Gymdogs camp.” After a serious spinal injury in the eighth grade, however, doctors sidelined her from competing in gymnastics. “I broke my L4 and L5 vertebrae in my back,” she said. “They were like, ‘No, your body can’t handle this.’” A new opportunity came in the form of Duvall’s aunt, a former swimmer at the University of Texas. She introduced her niece to a friend, who Duvall said turned out to be Texas head diving coach and former Olympian Matt Scoggin. “[Scoggin] had a former gymnast who made the switch to diving,” Duvall said. “I was like, ‘Maybe this is possible.’” The rest is history. Duvall began diving her freshman year at Etowah High School and decided to attend Georgia, only altering her childhood dream by changing the sport. Duvall’s transition into diving is hardly surprising, Georgia head coach Dan Laak said. Diving is a natural landing spot for former gymnasts due to the similarities in form and movement.  S E E D I V I N G PAG E B 3

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Overview of SEC football this season Tier One – The unquestioned leader ALABAMA

To the surprise of no one, Alabama has had a perfect year. It hasn’t lost a single game and is just about the only shoo-in for the College Football Playoff. The next team with the fewest losses in the conference is Florida with three. The Tide will likely keep rolling and claim its fourth SEC title in the past five years when it takes on the Gators who can’t score against mediocre teams, let alone Alabama. — John Durham


Tier Two – Near the top Nobody even comes this close to Alabama.

Tier Three – Underwhelmingly mediocre LSU, AUBURN, FLORIDA

These teams are the closest in the SEC to Alabama. If their offenses matched their defenses, they could be right up there with the Crimson Tide. LSU has scored 37 total points in its four losses, while Auburn has put up 48 in its four defeats. Florida scored 23 points total in two losses, while the Gators only scored seven second-half points while blowing a 21-3 halftime lead to Tennessee. These three defenses compare favorably to that of Alabama, but the offenses fall far short. — Jed May

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A Georgia team worth following Janey Murray @j_murray97 How much can you say in 140 characters? According to the Georgia men’s club lacrosse team, a lot. Jake Sciotto, a sixth-year senior, took over the job of running the Georgia men’s lacrosse Twitter account after his teammates were impressed by the clever content and popularity of his own personal account. Two years later, @ugalax, the team’s Twitter account, now has close to 10,000 followers and tweets on a regular basis. “It’s a unique voice for a sports team,” Sciotto said. “You don’t really expect your university lacrosse team to be so popular on Twitter.” Players say that the men’s lacrosse Twitter account has helped to give the team more character and increase publicity for an otherwise lesser-known team. “We’re really competitive on the field, but off the field, we like to have fun,” said Jonathan Newar, president of the club lacrosse team. The social media presence has helped to get the name of the team out, while still showing its fun side. Sciotto has drawn the attention of many by live-tweeting practices, tweeting at celebrities and sharing

popular memes. He said the best tweets play to the niche audience, which is mainly high school and club lacrosse players. Yet it is not just this one audience that has responded to the account. The Georgia Swarm, an indoor lacrosse team from Duluth that plays in the National Lacrosse League, invited Sciotto to take over their Twitter for a night last spring. He was even offered free tickets on the field for the Major League Lacrosse Championships. But Sciotto says his main motivation is always to help the team. “It’s all for the exposure of club lacrosse being more than just the beer league stereotype that a lot of people think of,” Sciotto said. The team’s Twitter has also helped attract potential new players to attend clinics and other team events. “We can put clinics and other events out on the Twitter and thousands of people will know about it in seconds,” Newar said. Sciotto has embraced his job of running the Twitter account. Teammates and coaches alike appreciate his efforts to publicize the team. “Everyone’s kind of got their own role [on the team], and Jake’s role is to run the Twitter,” said Billy O’Haire,

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the head coach of the men’s club lacrosse team. “Even when we’re away and he can’t be there, he gets the info from the guys on the sideline.” However, as much as he may enjoy it, Sciotto will not be able to run the Twitter account forever. Thus, he has taken on a new protégé who will take over the Twitter someday in the future. Grant DeSelm, a junior, now writes about half of the account’s tweets, while Sciotto continues to work with him as well. “I think it’s cool, to have two guys who have a similar sense of humor and both understand how much reach we have with almost 10,000 followers,” Sciotto said. As of now, DeSelm does not yet have any concrete plans for the future of the Twitter account. However, the team has already garnered much more support and publicity just in the two years of since its popularity began to grow. The vision for the Twitter account will continue on in DeSelm’s hands throughout the future. “We want to show everyone how much fun we have and how serious we are about [lacrosse].” DeSelm said. “We’re just trying to get as many people involved in and around the Athens and Atlanta areas as we can.”

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With 3-5 conference records, Mississippi State, Arkansas and South Carolina all sit near the bottom of their respective divisions. The Razorbacks are likely at the front of this group with their 7-5 record, but they have alternated wins and losses since week three. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks, meanwhile, have played better than they were expected to this season. Each team was predicted to finish last in their division before the season. While they are near the bottom, they are not quite cellar dwellers. — Wilson Alexander

Tier Six – Cellar dwellers OLE MISS, MISSOURI

With only two conference wins each, this year was worse than expected for Ole Miss and Missouri. The Rebels were expected to contend for one of the top spots in the SEC West, but instead finished last, just as the Tigers did in the East. With its quarterback out with a torn ACL, Ole Miss went from almost upsetting Alabama at the beginning of the season to not being bowl eligible. — Emily Giambalvo

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WALLACE: Sustaining success  F RO M PAG E B 1

Following a successful playing career, competing professionally was a possibility for Wallace. He even gave it some thought as he was finishing school, but that was short-lived. “I soon realized that pro tennis was for guys like Mikael Pernfors and not for me down on the No. 6 court,” Wallace said, laughing. After his time as student assistant on Magill’s staff, Wallace was hired by Vince Dooley in 1986 to serve as the head coach of the women’s tennis team. “Coach Dooley made a great hire when he got Jeff,” Bauerle said. “As soon as he got that job, they went straight up and were exponentially better.” The year Wallace was hired, he led a struggling team to a 20-9 record and landed a top-25 ranking in the final Volvo Tennis/ITCA poll. From that point on, Wallace developed a winning program in Georgia.

‘Welcome to the club’ While the first encounter between Wallace and Brennan in 1987 was met with a playful, yet competitive tone, the two developed a relationship over the years, facing each other twice more in the NCAA championship in 1994 and 2000. “We said hello and barely knew each other in the beginning,” Brennan said. “A couple days go by, and this pesky Georgia team wins another match. I thought, well you know, I better learn this guy’s name.” Seven years later, Georgia once again faced Stanford in the 1994 championship game, this — time in Athens. Georgia defeated Stanford, capping off a historic season where the Bulldogs went 27-2 overall. “To have that game be on our home courts and be able to capture that title was really special,” Wallace said. In the 2000 championship match, an emerging coach in Wallace once again met the Brennan in his last season coaching at Stanford. Stanford breezed through its competition that year and held an undefeated regular season record, winning all of its games in NCAAs. He once again faced Wallace and the Bulldogs in the final. “[Wallace] wasn’t so nice to the old coach that day,” Brennan said. Georgia, the underdog, defeated Stanford 5-4. Wallace, being the com-

petitor that he is, was revved up toward the end of the match, working hard to ensure the victory. “I remember leaning over the net at the end of the match and sticking my hand out to shake his hand,” Brennan said. “He looked at me like, ‘What are you doing? We’re still at war.’” Once the match concluded, Wallace shook Brennan’s hand, and Georgia defeated Stanford in Brennan’s last match he ever coached. “Welcome to the club,” Brennan said he told Wallace. “What club?” Wallace replied. “The NCAA championship coaches club,” Brennan said. “You’re the latest member, and you’re going to be a great coach.”

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Jeff Wallace’s team is a consistent NCAA contender .

‘More than just sport’ Although he is the nation’s leader in wins among active women’s tennis head coaches, Wallace cares more to build relationships and bonds with his players and to develop them as people, rather than just athletes. One way Wallace is able to show his influence in coaching athletes and developing them as people can be seen through his relationship with his son, Jarryd. “When I got engaged, and even growing up, I always dreamed of having my dad standing to next to me, and we’ve always had that unique father-son relationship,” said Jarryd, who is a two-time Paralympian. Wallace prefers to be the type of coach who is always there to help his athletes. “As players, we want to see a coach who wants to work with us and wants to help us, and 100 percent that’s Jeff,” senior Caroline Brinson said. “Anything you want to make you better, he’s there, and he’s going to do it.” Throughout his tenure, Wallace has developed many close relationships with his players that he continues to maintain. When Jarryd got married, a former tennis player, Elizabeth Brinson, the mother of Caroline who is currently on the team, attended the wedding. “It’s pretty neat that I can look back at years 32, 31 and 30 and know that I’m still in great contact with some of my best friends that played for me years ago,” Wallace said.

A winning tradition There are a select few programs at the University of Georgia that have enjoyed continuous success year after year. Thanks to Wallace, the women’s tennis program finds itself in the top 10 on a consistent basis. “I’m not sure Jeff has ever gotten his just-do for doing as well as they have,” Bauerle said. Georgia has advanced to 30 consecutive NCAA tournaments. The team finished the past three years ranked in the top eight nationally and reached the quarterfinals each year, with a semifinals appearance in 2015. That winning tradition is built with a mindset among players that stems from Wallace. “He’s got that special type of talent that every coach envies,” Brennan said. “The ability to pass that type of thinking onto his players, being that ‘We don’t care who they are, we’re going to beat them.’ And they look at him and they believe him.” As for this upcoming season, Wallace hopes to watch his players develop and prepare for the NCAA tournament in May. His approach to this season is no different than when he first stepped in office as head coach in 1986. “I bleed red and black, I’ll always bleed red and back, and this is the only place for me,” Wallace said.

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“There’s a lot of divers that were gymnasts when they first started out,” Laak said. “In the air, they’re doing similar, or exactly the same, techniques.” One key difference between the two sports stood out to Duvall, a difference her coach said is a common obstacle for former gymnasts. “The main difference is learning to land on your head and not on your feet,” Duvall said with a grin. With five combined years of high school and college diving under her belt, Duvall is showing she belongs in the diving world. “You can definitely tell, she comes in and she just gives it her all, inside the pool, outside of the pool,” said freshman diver McKensi Austin. With the bulk of the season ahead, Duvall still has room to grow as a diver. She said she wants to concentrate on improving her board work and is working with the coaching staff to compete on the tower, a 33-foot dive that can seem much taller. The tower, she said, is more of a natural fit for her because of her background in gymnastics. Ultimately, Duvall said she just wants to help her team in any way she can. The No. 2 Bulldogs are defending a swimming and diving national title and look to capture another with Duvall’s help. “I would have never pictured it to turn out this way,” she said. “But I’m thankful that it did.” Even though she once imagined practicing in the gymnastics facility at Georgia, she has found her place in the natatorium instead. After completing her dive at practice, Duvall rose from the water and immediately glided to the edge of the pool. She hoisted herself up and was back at the ladder in the blink of an eye. She was ready to go again.

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A perfect season is not so Eason Jacob Eason’s performance against Georgia Tech a microcosm for year Jed May @jedmay315 Call it freshman mistakes. Call it the learning curve. Call it a young player adjusting to the speed of college football. Georgia fans can sugarcoat it however they want to. The fact of the matter is this: Jacob Eason’s first season at Georgia has been inconsistent. Eason was the highest rated quarterback recruit in the class of 2016. When he signed with Georgia, the fans viewed him as the savior for a program coming off two seasons of lackluster quarterback play. Sure, there would be growing pains early on. But by the end of the season, Eason was supposed to be hitting on all cylinders and setting himself up for a strong 2017 campaign. But that hasn’t really happened. Eason’s stats are by no means bad. He has completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,266 yards and 14 touchdowns along with eight interceptions. There have been moments of brilliance as well. The 47-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Riley Ridley to take the lead in the waning moments against Tennessee would have gone down as one of the greatest plays in recent Georgia history had Tennessee not stolen the game with a Hail Mary. There was the game-winning drive to beat Missouri on Sept. 17. There were also the two beautifully placed deep balls against Auburn that resulted in big plays. But there have also been some real clunkers as well. Eason completed 16 of 36 passes for 137 yards and an interception in a 45-14 demolition at the hands of Ole Miss. Against South Carolina on Oct. 9, he completed just 5 of 17 passes for 29 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It’s not just that some games have been good and others have been bad. Eason struggles with consistency within games, making great throws at some points before failing on simpler throws later on. Unfortunately for Georgia fans, the 28-27 loss to Georgia Tech might be the best example of Eason’s lack of consistency. Eason’s game wasn’t bad overall, completing 14 of 27 passes for 139 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He made a couple of great plays over the course of the game. On a thirdand-12 in the first quarter, Eason extended the play with his legs and eventually found freshman tight end Isaac Nauta down the sideline for a 35-yard gain. In the third quarter, he dropped a perfect pass into sophomore receiver Terry Godwin’s arms for 37 yards, which helped to set up a Georgia

field goal to take a 27-14 lead. But when the game was on the line, Eason’s unpredictability flared up once again. The Bulldogs faced a secondand-eight on their own 40 yard line with 3:44 left in the game. A first down would all but clinch the game for Georgia. Eason dropped back to pass and had Godwin open on a quick five-yard out route. But his pass sailed behind Godwin, who tipped it into the air and allowed the Yellow Jackets to grab the interception. This play allowed Georgia Tech to drive down the field and score a touchdown with 30 seconds left to defeat the Bulldogs. The overall numbers were all right. There were some good moments mixed in. But in the end, it was a simple mistake on a simple play that prevented Georgia from taking home the win. There is another true freshman starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference — Jalen Hurts of Alabama. While Hurts and Eason’s numbers are fairly similar, the two have had far different seasons. Hurts led his team to a perfect 12-0 regular season while generating some Heisman buzz. He has stayed steady all season while avoiding big mistakes that could cost his team the game. Eason’s season, on the other hand, has had ups and downs. Is the future bright for Jacob Eason? It looks that way. He has loads of talent, and he has a full year of college experience now under his belt. Eason can be the most naturally talented Georgia quarterback since Matthew Stafford all he wants. Until he develops the consistency to go along with that talent, he won’t be as great as he, along with the Georgia fanbase, wants to be.

Jacob Eason threw 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2016. C A SEY SYKES/ S TA F F

Seniors suffer loss in final home game Georgia’s senior class will have a chance to match its lowest win total of its career with a bowl game victory John Durham @johndurham32 On Saturday before kickoff between Georgia and Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs honored their 20 senior players. But the senior class did not go out on top by beating their rivals from Atlanta, thanks to a fourth quarter collapse in Athens. Brandon Kublanow, the starting center and one of the seniors for Georgia, was particularly upset after the game. Kublanow had little to say after the loss and was clearly bothered with the end result. “It’s tough because you always want to beat them,” Kublanow said. This group of seniors has had an interesting time as football players at Georgia. They went 8-5 in their freshman season and had 10 win seasons in each of the last two years. They’ve also had a different quarterback under center each year starting with Aaron Murray, then Hutson Mason, last year Greyson Lambert and now Jacob Eason. But this loss to Georgia Tech is their second in four years. The last Georgia senior class to lose twice to the rival Yellow Jackets was back in 2002 when the Bulldog seniors lost to Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2000. The senior class of 2001 lost to the Yellow Jackets three times in four seasons. That’s not what Georgia head coach Kirby Smart wants for his senior classes. “I’m just sick for the seniors because these guys have given us so much,” Smart said. “Several of them are really key contributors, whether it’s special teams or role players. I mean to see those guys heartbroken, that frustrates me. I think I let them down. That’s the most disheartening thing.” It looked like Georgia was on its way to beating Georgia Tech for the second year in a row. Georgia held a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets responded with 14 unanswered points as they beat Georgia in Athens for the second time in a row. It all started in the final seven minutes of the game. Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season to put the Yellow Jackets within six points with 6:28 remaining. On Georgia’s next position, Jacob Eason threw a pass that tipped off Terry Godwin’s hands and resulted in an interception. The turnover placed Georgia Tech inside Georgia territory with 3:39 remaining.

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The Yellow Jackets were able to both kill the clock and score another touchdown on the ground, this one from Qua Searcy from six yards out. The extra point put Georgia Tech ahead by one with 30 seconds left. The lack of time proved too much for Eason and the Bulldog offense as the freshman quarterback threw an interception to end the game. “It stings because we didn’t close it out,” outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said. “The defense didn’t close it out. I didn’t close it out. And it was to Georgia Tech, and, man that sucks. I hate sending those seniors out like that.” But the season isn’t over yet for Georgia and its seniors.

With a bowl game left to play, the seniors can match their lowest win total of eight games with a victory. If not, the seven victories will be the lowest of any season they’ve played at Georgia. “I think for the seniors this is definitely not the right step,” junior tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “We’ll still try to send them out the right way and we can still do that with a bowl win. I think that’s the hope we have right now — to win the bowl game and just finish out the right way.” That’s exactly what Bellamy and the rest of the Georgia teams want to do. “Win, I’ll go out and get a win for them,” Bellamy said.

Music City Bowl

Texas Bowl

Belk Bowl

Liberty Bowl

Birmingham Bowl

This bowl and the TaxSlayer Bowl are probably reaches for this 7-5 Georgia football team. But especially since the Bulldogs played in the TaxSlayer just last season, the bowl in Nashville against an ACC or Big Ten foe would be music to Kirby Smart’s ears.

Formerly known as the Houston Bowl, this bowl still resides in the Space City but has had a few name changes in recent years. Last season, this Big 12 and SEC bowl game was played on Dec. 28 and featured a 7-5 Texas Tech squad and 8-3 LSU team.

Georgia has recently played in this Charlotte, North Carolina, bowl back in 2014. The win over Louisville that year gave Georgia a 10-win season and put the Cardinals at 9-4. Again, it could be a reach for the Bulldogs to be in this bowl, but you never know.

This game in Memphis, Tennessee, might be the best fit for Georgia. Arkansas, which won this bowl last year, finished the season 8-5, exactly what the Bulldogs could do with a bowl win this year. A Big 12 team would be the likely opponent.

This isn’t even the best bowl in the state of Alabama, but Georgia can’t play in the Iron Bowl. The Birmingham Bowl is an attainable and underwhelming bowl for this Georgia team where it would potentially meet a strong team from the American conference.


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Becoming an offensive threat Sophomores Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide improving their scoring this season Jed May @jedmay315 If you just look at the numbers, Georgia’s three main big men were fairly productive offensively last season. In 2015-2016, the trio of sophomore Yante Maten and freshmen Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide combined to score 23.1 points per game. However, those numbers are slightly deceiving. Maten scored 16.5 of those points by himself, leaving just 6.6 points per game between Edwards and Ogbeide. Coming into the 2016-2017 campaign, the offensive development of these two was one of the largest questions facing the Bulldogs. Maten is a known commodity, but the contributions of Edwards and Ogbeide were a giant unknown. So far, the early returns have been very positive. Edwards and Ogbeide have nearly doubled their combined scoring outputs, going from 6.6 points per game last season to 12 points per game combined now. “It’s really good seeing the results of what we did in the offseason,” Edwards said. “We worked really hard in the offseason. We just want to keep that up and keep raising that average.” It’s not just raw point totals that have increased. Both players have also increased their field goal percentage, with Edwards going from 44.7 percent to 50 percent and Ogbeide increasing his percentage to 51.4 from 47.2. Edwards has also improved dramatically on

On offense, I’ve been smarter with the ball. I have a better IQ for the game now. It’s slowed down a lot for me. MIKE EDWARDS

his free throws. After going 11-for-37 from the free-throw line last season, Edwards has converted on 11-of-15 free throw attempts so far this season. After a season where Maten carried the offensive load for the post scorers, Edwards said it feels good to shoulder some of that burden this season. “It gives us a good amount of satisfaction,” Edwards said. “We all need to help each other. Yante’s obviously the main scorer, so having us contribute to the team is a big help for us.” There have clearly been physical improvements from this pair. However, Edwards said his biggest improvements haven’t been physical but rather, mental. “On offense, I’ve been smarter with the ball,” Edwards said. “I have a better IQ for the game now. It’s slowed down a lot for me.” Head coach Mark Fox has seen the same mental progression from his two big men. “I think they’re playing more comfortably as sophomores,” Fox said. “I don’t think the game has quite slowed down for them, but I think it’s close to getting to that point.” The progress shown by Edwards and Ogbeide is a huge positive for Georgia’s season. It can help take a lot of pressure off Maten, who was the only dependable post scorer a season ago. It’s not just the big men that reap the benefits, either. “If the post is doing well, it takes a lot of pressure off of [the guards],” sophomore guard Turtle Jackson said. “So that’s helping out a whole lot.” Now, the key for Edwards and Ogbeide will be

to keep it up. Georgia hasn’t faced all of its toughest competition so far, and there are still six games left before Southeastern Conference play gets underway. SEC competition will really show how much Edwards and Ogbeide have really improved on the offensive end. “They are more productive players,” Fox said. “They’re more trustworthy pieces to the puzzle. That’s been really good for us, but we need them to continue to grow.”


Boxing for more than just exercise Keith Keppner’s gym helps keep away symptoms of Parkinson’s patients through workouts Nathan Berg @NathanxBerg When Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, he and the sport of boxing became the vehicle through which awareness of the illness was spread at a greater rate than ever before. More than 30 years later in Athens, boxing continues to help those suffering from the debilitating condition. Keppner Boxing is a gym located on Baxter Street just minutes away from the University of Georgia campus. Owners Keith Keppner and his wife Lissa train boxers of all ages and skill levels, ranging from children to professionals. But the most noteable class they offer is the one that meets on Tuesday mornings. It’s an hour long class, and it’s made up entirely of Parkinson’s patients. A c c o r d i n g t o Ke p p n e r, t h e high-intensity cardio workout boxing provides is one of the best exercises for someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The commonly known Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors and loss of motor control are caused by a lack of dopamine, and the cardio workouts Keppner’s trainees go through increases the absorption of dopamine in their brains. And while the physiological benefit boxing provides is significant,

Keppner (right) helps with Parkinson’s patients’ recovery.

Keppner said its psychological purpose can be just as important. “It gives them a good outlet, something exciting and fun to do,” he said. “It’s definitely been shown to slow the onset of the illness.” If there’s anyone who knows what kind of mental influence boxing can have on someone trying to deal with a life-changing illness, it’s Keppner. When he was 17 years old, he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which put him in extreme joint pain and had him bedridden for 15 hours


a day. His father was a boxing trainer, so it was natural for him to use it as a method to turn around his health. “Boxing was a way to motivate me and encourage me,” Keppner said. “It gave me a system to get my life together.” Keppner’s arduous recovery is perhaps what provided him with what trainee Megan Bredahl considers his most important quality as a trainer. “He’s so patient with us,” Bredahl said. “He pushes us right up

to the limit, but he doesn’t push us over.” Having come back from a disease that had him at less than 100 percent, Keppner recognizes the importance of knowing one’s own limits in the gym. An overly intense workout can cause more harm than good in an individual dealing with serious health issues. But based on Keppner’s experience since starting his class, the benefits boxing can have for Parkinson’s patients greatly outweigh the risks. And while there is no evidence of a cure or method to reverse the effects of the disease, he has seen an exceptional rate of success in the improvement of his afflicted trainees. “One of the gentleman came in here initially, and he could barely walk,” Keppner said. “Now, he’s getting punches down, and he’s a lot more coordinated. His son said he’s walking more easily. It’s amazing to see that change.” He also said those sorts of transformations are an almost common occurrence, and he can see the difference boxing makes in people’s lives in nearly every class he has. And with each day of improvement, Keppner’s pupils who are battling Parkinson’s continue to prove one thing: whether you’re Muhammad Ali or someone who boxes for just an hour on Tuesdays, anyone can be a fighter.


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Gymdog from Louisiana stays close to brother with disability Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso Family and sibling relationships can change over time, especially when one leaves for college. However, Gymdog Caroline Bradford still holds on to her close relationship with her little brother, William. William is 13 years old and has cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair and a computer to communicate. Yet, it doesn’t stop him from visiting Caroline and the Gymdogs. Their mother, Anne Marie, and William made the trip from Prairieville, Louisiana, to Athens on Nov. 17 to visit for a few days. While the two were in town, they stopped by the intraquad practice meet that was held the morning of Nov. 18. Head coach Danna Durante said the team loves when people come to watch and having visitors helps add energy in the gym. It allows the gymnasts to prepare for competing in meets, and when people come in to watch, the athletes want to show how they have been training. While there, William and Anne Marie received many hugs and warm welcomes at the morning practice. Many of the athletes in between events had the chance to come over and talk with him. When he comes to visit, he loves to see all the Gymdogs, and they love having a chance to spend time with him, Durante said. “He loves coming up here, mostly because he loves all the attention that the whole team gives him when he comes up,” Caroline said. William has actually been happy that Caroline is away at school, Anne Marie said, which seems contradictory, but it raises more opportunities

for the family to make the visit to Athens and for nightly phone calls. The trips are more special, she said, because the focus is on William having the chance to see and visit with Caroline in person. Caroline said that while she has been away, its created a different, yet still close, relationship between her and William. Even with nightly FaceTime calls, she is excited when she has the chance to see him in person.

Everybody is different in life, and the differences are what make you special and what make you amazing. ANNE MARIE BRADFORD

“You know, I honestly think it has kind of made us closer because before we kind of took for granted seeing each other,” Caroline said. Looking back on her decision to attend school out-of-state, Caroline said she had aways wanted to be the person in her family that left. After visiting Georgia for a regional gymnastics camp the summer before her freshman year of high school, Caroline set her mind on attending Georgia. She said the excitement that her dream had come true helped to ease the transition of being away from home. Caroline was looking for

a team environment, and she immediately had that team and strong coaches when she came to Georgia. Caroline has everything here at Georgia she dreamed of having. She said her entire family is happy that she was able to pursue her dream. Durante has watched Caroline grow, since her freshman year to now, in confidence and in skill. Anne Marie said she has seen Caroline and William’s relationship evolve over time. When William was born, Caroline was old enough to begin to understand William’s disability. When William first got his wheelchair, Anne Marie said Caroline was embarrassed. Now, Anne Marie said, Caroline is proud of William’s accomplishments and to be his sister. Caroline said she was self-conscious and shy when she was younger about herself and a little embarrassed to have William around. But that perspective changed as she grew up and recognized the happiness that William shows. She said he is the happiest person she has ever met, and that changed her view on her own happiness. His joy has allowed her to realize the importance of being happy and proud of who she is, and she said he has shaped her into who she is today and built her confidence. Durante sees that Caroline and William have a special bond. William and the entire Bradford family are an example of taking a person for who they are and what is in his heart, Durante said. In life, the focus should be on who people are, more than anything else. “I think it’s our whole philosophy — everybody is different in life, and the differences are what make you special and what make you amazing,” Anne Marie said.

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