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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Gov. Deal announces plan for HOPE scholarship By KATHRYN INGALL THE RED & BLACK
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Georgia students will find out today how much HOPE they’ll have for next year. Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to announce his plan for the HOPE scholarship this morning. “We really want to see a prioritization of public research institutions in the state,” said Student Government Association President Josh Delaney. “Another thing I really hope is that if they cut anything, they’ll make equal cuts to pre-K, private school grants and technical colleges.”
Tim Connell, president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, said more than 250,000 Georgia students received HOPE scholarships or grants in the 2010 fiscal year. The Atlanta JournalConstitution reported Thursday the unannounced plan would separate HOPE from rising tuition and decrease scholarship payments to 90 percent. Delaney said an additional
source of funding could be bringing in revenue from the proposed Sunday alcohol sales legislation. Delaney and student government representatives from other Georgia universities have contacted lawmakers with suggestions on behalf of students. “Right now, we’re just doing our best to make sure leaders in the House and Senate and in higher education understand what’s most important to students,” Delaney said. “Until something is voted on, we’ll still be as active as possible.” Allie McCullen, a senior and member of the University’s chap-
ter of Students for Higher Public Education, said she would be in favor of placing a $66,000 income cap on the HOPE scholarship. McCullen said she’s concerned about the long-term effects of cuts to higher education. “There seems to be a trend that Georgia governors keep cutting money from higher education,” McCullen said. “If that continues, we’re going to continue to see a rise in tuition and fees. When we don’t apply the HOPE scholarship to tuition, we’re automatically excluding students who need tuition subsidized.”
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Engineering program will grow by fall 2012
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Tennessee 77, Georgia 44
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By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED & BLACK
Brandon Byers, a junior at Greenbrier High School in Evans, said his top The foundation for a schools are Georgia Tech school of engineering has or Auburn, both of which been at the University for have engineering programs decades. It’s time to get that meet his career goals. the ball rolling. “I think these are very “We are hiring faculty at popular engineering this time,” University degrees that I know of,” he President Michael said in an interview Adams said at the in January. “I would University Cabinet consider [attending meeting Thursday. the University], but Three new engiI would probably neering majors — wonder about scholcivil, electrical and arship opportunimechanical — ties or if there’d be approved by the qualified teachers.” Board of Regents in Melissa Verrill, a October, will supplesenior environmenment the existing SHAW tal engineering majors at the major from University in fall 2012. Fayetteville, said she was “It didn’t surprise us at in favor of the new majors. all that UGA wanted to “It’s a very applicable expand its program,” Wade science,” she said. “As Shaw, Mercer University opposed to learning School of Engineering chemistry and going on to dean, said. “We sort of get your post-doc and this, anticipated this, so it’s a that and the other, you go ‘when’ Georgia was going out in the field and learn by to make that move.” application.” The new majors have The new majors have gotten varying degrees of feedback. See ENGINEER, Page 3
By RYAN BLACK THE RED & BLACK Monday night against No. 4 Tennessee was a rough one for the No. 22 Georgia women’s basketball team by any statistical measure. People could look at the Lady Bulldogs’ (20-7, 10-4) shooting percentage — 25.8 percent, a season-low. Or that Tennessee’s reserves outscored Georgia’s bench 26-12. But at the end of the day, only one stat really mattered — the final score, 77-44, doubling up Georgia’s previous worst loss of the season, a 69-53 defeat to Georgia Tech on Dec. 5. “ Yo u ’ v e got to give Tennessee a lot of credit,” Georgia head coach A n d y Landers said in his post-game LANDERS radio interv i e w . “They’re very big and very talented and their zone really spread us out.” The Lady Volunteers (26-2, 14-0) won the opening tip and scored on their first possession with a Meighan Simmons 3-pointer. And it only got worse for Georgia from there, as it had more turnovers (8) than field goals (7), leading to a 40-21 deficit at halftime. It didn’t get any better for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half, as the Lady Volunteers went on an 11-0 run out of the locker room to extend their advantage to 51-21 and effectively put the game away. “I felt if we could come out in the second half and get [Tennessee’s lead] down to 10, we could manage it,” Landers said. “But it didn’t work that way.” Jasmine James was the lone Lady Bulldog in double-figures with 11, while Meredith Mitchell was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting. Senior forward Porsha Phillips also struggled, scoring only six points while battling foul trouble.
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S Tom Fell (above) dresses as the movie character Rocky at home basketball games but was ‘sold out’ Saturday.
FREEDOM FIGHTER Rocky routine halted against Vanderbilt The University student known for his “Rocky run” at Georgia men’s basketball games didn’t make his trademark climb up the Stegeman Coliseum steps against Vanderbilt last Wednesday — and a giant gecko may be the reason why. Tom Fell, a senior broadcast news major from Charleston, S.C., was unable to make his signature run reminiscent of the classic “Rocky” films when the University Athletic Association’s marketing and promotions department sold his usual timeout spot to auto insurance company Geico. “I understand that people want to sponsor things, but I just felt it was kind of a cheap shot,” Fell said. “Like, ‘Hey, we appreciate it, but Geico is a little more important. We don’t really care about the team or just having a good overall atmosphere.’” For the past four seasons, Fell has worn a pair of shorts, a headband and boxing gloves to the Bulldogs’ home games, running to the top of the coliseum during the second half as a way to energize the crowd. But Fell was given a change of plans before last See ROCKY, Page 6
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S Quarterback Aaron Murray sprained his ankle in a pick-up soccer game Saturday on campus.
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Murray sprains ankle By ZACH DILLARD THE RED & BLACK Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray suffered an ankle injury over the weekend, but it is one the team does not expect to limit him during spring practice. Murray injured the ankle during a pickup soccer game Saturday on the University campus, according to a release by Georgia Sports Communications. Following a statement by University associate
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Unused MAN ON THE STREET: gear Poorest County worries student
The University may be finishing out its reign as the Princeton Review’s No. 1 party school, but Athens-Clarke County has a distinctively ominous new ranking. Athens-Clarke County is now home to the highest poverty rate in the United States for a county with more than
100,000 people, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Red & Black wanted to know what students thought about the county’s new status.
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freshman public rela relations major from Atlanta “I think it’s tragic that the county is so poor because so many affluent people live here and could make such a difference.”
ALEC ASBRIDGE junior economics and management major from Hood River, Ore.
“I think it’s interesting with all the school activities. With the amount of money that should be brought into the community, you’d think it would be better than that.”
NGANDA GAT GA EI freshman genetics major from Nairobi, Kenya
“I think it’s awful. Students drive around in some of the most expensive cars in the world, and we live in one of the poorest counties in the nation. No one seems to care.”
— Charles Hicks
junior marketing major from Alpharetta “Honestly it’s something that a lot of people fail to realize. We need to be more conscious of the people who live in Athens. It’s about giving back to our community through community service.”
sophomore Spanish and journalism major from Suwanee “I hate the juxtaposition of the differ different classes of wealth. You don’t see it anywhere like you see it in Athens.”
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sophomore interna international affairs and Spanish major from Covington “I think it’s really sad. UGA is the flagship school of the state. I think it’s ironic that a center of higher education is surrounded by a poorer area.”
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Access will come later By MARIANA HEREDIA THE RED & BLACK While students struggle to film UGA NewSource on tape, 10 high-definition cameras sit in the room next door — unused. Senior John Newsome, a production manager at UGA NewSource, said the unused cameras are part of the negotiations between the University and Georgia Public Broadcasting over University-owned WNEG, now known as WUGA-TV. Studio space and other computer programs are also part of the agreement. “We can’t use any of the equipment. It’s next door, and we feel like we can’t. Everything is being held until the agreement is done, which I understand,” he said. Newsome said what he doesn’t understand is the lack of communication between the upper management of WUGA-TV and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s faculty and students. “You can’t even talk to professors. They don’t know what’s going on either,” he said. “As the shots are being called from the top, there’s no line of communication from them to us.” However, Jimmy Sanders, the station manager at WUGA-TV, said this is not the case. “We’re in communica-
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S WNEG discontinued its news branch in January as part of the station’s switch to GPB. tion with the journalism school every day, and we have a plan with the Grady College that involves the use of cameras and the facilities of the TV station by Grady students,” Sanders said. The plan was for students to gain access to the station’s equipment once the license transfer was completed, Sanders said. He said he did not know when that would occur. “We don’t know when the transfer of the license will be completed. There is no specific date at this time,” he said. “The reason is that there’s a lot to be done in terms of creating a lot of elements for the new TV station.” At Thursday’s University Cabinet Meeting, Senior Vice President for External Affairs Tom Landrum said the University hopes the license will be officially transferred by May 1. Sanders said students
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did have some access to the facility. “The students were in the facility today. They were doing a class in the TV station this morning,” he said. Senior Jason Hafford, also a production manager for NewSource, said he is more optimistic about the situation with WUGA-TV. “I feel like because everything is so new, they haven’t reached out to students to tell us what to expect,” he said. “I think they will, just not yet.” Hafford also said he expected Grady students to get more opportunities from the switch. “I hope it just gives us more opportunities to get students’ faces out there. We have this great space that we should really be able to utilize,” he said. “I hope it brings more opportunities for students. Especially for seniors about to graduate.”
CRIME NOTEBOOK Laser light shines through an officer’s vehicle A green laser light went through the windows of an officer’s patrol vehicle Friday night, according to a University Police report. An officer was driving into the West Campus Parking Deck when he “noticed what appeared to be a green laser light striking the back window of my patrol vehicle and shining through the front windshield,” according to the report. The light appeared to have come from the upper levels of Oglethorpe House. A follow-up investigation was done after the incident, but no one was identified, said University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson. He said there have been more reports of laser lights directed toward vehicles lately with two to three reports in the past few weeks. Williamson said laser lights can blind a driver, and if someone is caught using a laser light in an improper way that could harm others, they can be charged criminally. He said misusing laser lights is a “big deal.” “Someone messes with someone driving a car. Those things can blind,” he said. — Compiled by Adina Solomon
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raised questions about the Universityâ€™s focus on engineering, including whether or not a school of engineering could be in the works. â€œI donâ€™t remember where I read it, but somewhere I heard that Yale didnâ€™t become a top-three school until it added a school of engineering,â€? Verrill said. â€œSo I could see UGA getting one as a sort of morale booster.â€?
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A school of engineering? â€œThere is no proposal for a school of engineering. This is not what the Board of Regents approved,â€? said Dale Threadgill, head of the biological and agricultural engineering department. However, he said there could be an opportunity for one in the future. â€œI think if we looked long-term, something along the lines of a school of engineering would develop,â€? Threadgill said. â€œYouâ€™d want to look at the growth and contemplate if thatâ€™s what will be appropriate.â€? According to the personnel and budget requirements for the new majors, â€œa total of 500 students are projected to be enrolled in these three degree programs in the fall semester of 2015.â€? The University expects to have 80 students enrolled as civil engineering majors in fall 2012, with a total of 190 by fall 2015. Both electrical and mechanical engineering are estimated to begin with 85 students in fall 2013, leading to 155 in each program by fall 2015. â€œItâ€™ll be a slow growth model with the first class of civil engineering coming in. So yes, there will be limits placed on majors,â€? University Provost Jere Morehead said at the University Cabinet meeting. The limits are necessary to keep a standard student-to-teacher ratio. Shaw said Mercer has 450 undergraduate students, but added that the student-to-teacher ratio differs by age group. â€œOur freshmen ratio is 20-1. Then when they get into sophomore and junior years, itâ€™s 15-1, then seniors itâ€™s even smaller,â€? he said. â€œOverall, itâ€™s 18-1.â€? There are already more than 300 students enrolled in the Universityâ€™s engineering majors at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Threadgill said there is a 17-1 student-to-teacher ratio at the University now, but that may change because of the new majors. â€œIt depends on how many students come,â€? he said. â€œThereâ€™s no number I can give you, it just develops as you grow.â€? Shaw said in order to hire engineering professors a university must pay well and pay competitively. â€œYouâ€™re looking at about $150,000 to keep the full professor,â€? he said. â€œA brand-new Ph.D. is $75,000 plus 40 percent.â€? The personnel and budget requirements list four tenure-track professors and two instructors as â€œcumulative personnelâ€? beginning in fiscal year 12, with 16.5 tenure track, 6 instructors, 6 staff members and 7.5 graduate assistants by FY16. The â€œrecurring funds,â€? which are salaries, benefits and operating expenses needed in FY12 are $695,000, and go up to $3,180,000 by FY16. Onetime funds for equipment, renovations and faculty startup go from nothing in FY12 to $2,850,000 by FY16. Faculty, however, are just one aspect to having a successful engineering school, Shaw said. A school of engineering requires â€œone of the most
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S The Driftmier Engineering Center houses the Institute of the Faculty of Engineering.
full version of this story expensive buildings to build,â€? laboratory equipment and continually updated technology. On the plus side, the University may already be well-equipped to handle a school of engineering â€” meaning much of the cost to initiate an undertaking is relatively nothing. Institute of the Faculty of Engineering There are two entities for engineering students at the University â€” the Institute of the Faculty of Engineering, which is home to biochemical, environmental and computer systems engineering for undergraduates, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, for undergraduate agricultural and biological engineering. Both the institute and the department in CAES are led by Threadgill. And whatâ€™s the difference between the two? The institute is â€œa university-wide academic unitâ€? with more than 100 faculty members that is â€œorganized to capture the convergence of scientific and engineering disciplines,â€? according to its website. What makes the department and the institute dif different is where the funding comes from, Threadgill said. He said for the department, he reports to CAES Dean Scott Angle, but for the institute, to the Provost. Civil, electrical and mechanical engineering will fall under the jurisdiction of the institute. Though Threadgill said an institute can offer degrees, Shaw said he was not sure there was a precedent for this to be the basis of an engineering school. â€œI donâ€™t know that thatâ€™s common,â€? he said. â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve seen it done that way. I wouldnâ€™t think you would want that for a longterm school, but maybe to grow a program.â€? Being in an institute versus being in a college department can be confusing, but Verrill said she no longer thinks about it. â€œI didnâ€™t know I was in the Faculty of Engineering until I was told. There was no difference in my curriculum or in the way I was treated until someone put it point blank for me,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s only this title. I feel like Iâ€™m part of the engineering program at UGA.â€? A different approach Civil,
mechanical engineering will follow the curricula theme already set in the institute, as demonstrated by the variety of faculty backgrounds. â€œ[The new majors] will be very multidisciplinary,â€? Threadgill said. â€œThe degrees will be intended to expose students to multidisciplinary learning.â€? The multidisciplinary approach to teaching engineering sets the University apart from schools such as Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland, which have top-rated engineering programs. â€œThereâ€™s certain classes that every engineer has to take in order to be prepared for the FE, which is the exam you have to take to become a practicing e n g i n e e r- i n - t r a i n i n g, â€? Verrill said. â€œAside from those classes, everyone takes classes that emphasize in your major.â€? Because of this, the Universityâ€™s core curricula for its existing majors are similar to those at Georgia Tech and Maryland. Threadgill said having these curricula helped in having the three new majors approved. â€œOne of the things that softened our numbers, we already have many of the core courses for engineering majors,â€? he said. University engineering students must take varying levels of calculus, lab sciences as well as general engineering classes such as statics, electrical circuits and fluid mechanics. Where the curricula dif differ is the emphasis. Environmental engineering majors such as Verrill take courses covering topics as diverse as sustainability, ecology, natural resources and toxicology. Agricultural engineers emphasizing in electrical and electronic systems instead take linear systems, electronics and biomedical imaging. Can the University house the multidisciplinary approach for eight engineering majors? Threadgill said yes. â€œThereâ€™s ample instruction facilities. There are lots of classrooms around campus,â€? he said. Students already involved in engineering have a home, negating another portion of the money typically required to start an engineering school â€” the Driftmier Engineering Center. In addition to Driftmier, there are laboratories and facilities owned by the University all over the state. What it means for Georgia â€œI think that in the short run, it would hurt us,â€? Shaw said. â€œBut for our
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