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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
Parking plan takes effect By Rebecca Perbetsky chief reporter New parking regulations have now been implemented at Georgia Regents University. An email was sent out Oct. 8 announcing annual parking registration was open. The email provided a link to the parking registration page within the Georgia Regents website, and according to the website, students were informed to select the student fall option for the fall semester. After receiving the new park-
ing permit, students were informed the permit would expire Dec. 31, and a new permit would be issued for the following semester. A fee of $35 will be issued each semester. The new parking permits are part of a master parking plan the university has drawn up to help bring the two campuses together. The plan is called the Bridge Plan, and according to a PowerPoint provided by Karl Munschy, the director of Business Services, the goal of the new parking plan is to keep rates low for both faculty and students and cover parking
and transportation costs. The plan is referred to as a stepped method to try and level the rates across the university, and according to the PowerPoint, the new approach will be the foundation for an inclusive parking and transportation plan that will help support a research institution. One student who is on board with the new parking plan is Patrick Moorehead, a senior kinesiology major. He said he looks at the change as something positive for the new university. “It used to be that they automatically
took (the money) from everyone whether or not you have a car or drove, and then you would sign up for a parking pass,” Moorehead said. “Now they are making it an option. They found a way to double their income.” Georgia Regents’ transportation and parking costs are around $2.6 million a year in order to function, and according to the PowerPoint Munschy created, in order to accommodate the cost of parking and transportation, a fee has to be charged to everyone. email@example.com
New guidelines for posting signs
Champions made from adversity
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The Champions Made From Adversity Augusta Bulldogs play the GRU Augusta men’s basketball team in a friendly scrimmage. See BASKETBALL TEAM HOSTS SCRIMMAGE ON WHEELS on PAGE 10 for more details.
Program enlightens learning By Kereyia Butler staff writer College students don’t often understand how the classes they take relate to their lives, and the program Knowledge Integrated is trying to show them how. KNIT is a program at Georgia Regents University that essentially evolved from an idea students came up with that introduces a specific time period each semester to give students access to a better liberal arts experience, according to Wes Kisting, an associate professor of English and the director of KNIT. The program has 15 faculty members in different fields from economics to sociology and more than 100 students. Craig Albert, an assistant professor of political science and the associate director of KNIT, said everyone from the students to the professors are really excited about the launch of the program and are responding to it very well. “We met over the summer,” he said. “We had some like teaching circles and training seminars about what we should do, what to expect, how to implement what we wanted to do; and they were great.” The goal of KNIT is to gain the full benefit of the program by obtaining the cohesiveness it brings to see how every course relates to others and uses the theme for that particular se-
mester, like the Enlightenment period that is being used for the fall semester, Albert said. “We want people to sign up for three or more KNIT classes at a time,” he said. “They all help each other and work with each other, and so hopefully that’s what we’ll be able to do in the next coming semester.” Lance Hunter, a lecturer of political science, incorporates the program in his Introduction to American Government course. He said he wanted to be part of KNIT because the program addresses the questions students who feel like their course work is not related to their fields of study may have. “The whole point of the KNIT program is to really prompt students to think beyond just the basic level of information, such as this is the Constitution, this is the year it was written, etc.,” Hunter said. “It’s really geared toward encouraging students to dig a little deeper and to think about questions such as what really motivates human nature, human behavior; what are humans really like at their basic core; what is education, how do people learn, why is that important; what does that mean for government. So I think students are responding to it pretty well right now.” Hunter said the primary readings that are part of KNIT are much more in depth and involved than the readings students are normally exposed to
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because the normal textbook is very straightforward and it’s a lot of surface-level material. “Incorporating it forces me or encourages me to bring in these primary readings,” Hunter said. “So, it encourages me as a professor to get just outside the basic text and to bring in these other readings that are relevant. It makes me as an instructor to go deeper in the material as well and to think about the material more myself also. So, I would say, I learn the material better myself too.” Kisting said the program is already succeeding in its focus to connect students and the community.
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The merger brought many policy changes to the Summerville campus this semester with one being a new way of policing postings around the university. Originally, the former Augusta State University monitored the information posted in the Jaguar Student Activities Center with the exception of information coming from academic departments, said Debra van Tuyll, a professor of communications. “In the past, there has been an agreement that Student Affairs would not touch materials that had to do with academic programs,” van Tuyll said. “They were primarily looking to control materials coming on campus from off-campus entities, and those were the ones that they were wanting to make sure they knew what was going up and what it was. But if it was related to an academic program here on campus, there was no problem with it being put up without an approval.” Effective Aug. 1, the Office of Communications and Marketing altered the policy to include postings by academic departments; however, many of the students and faculty members were not aware of the change, said Allison Foley, an associate professor of criminal justice. After coming up with an assignment for students taking her Gender and Victimization class to design a poster for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Foley said the students printed the poster and then OCM said it needed to change to fit the requirements under the policy. “Any time there’s a new
policy that goes into place, there’s always some time where you have to work out the kinks, and this is my first time going through the new rules,” she said. “And they’re not bad rules, you know, but my students weren’t told by one of the offices of Student Life and Engagement that they would need to get the poster that they submitted for the tear drop approved by OCM.” The reason academic departments were excluded from the previous policy was because many faculty members objected due to the restriction being a form of prior restraint, van Tuyll said. “Prior restraint prohibits any government entity from infringing on freedom of speech,” she said. “And the idea of having a piece of paper stamped before it can have government permission to be hung up, well, that was one of the reasons that catapulted us closer to fighting the Revolutionary War because the English government passed a Stamp Act that required paper circulated in the colonies to be stamped by the government before it could be circulated. So this is just taking us back to 1765 all over again with government saying, ‘You have to have this stamp before you can send out your messages.’” Although OCM is reviewing publications, David Brond, the senior vice president of the Office of Communications and Marketing, said the department is not checking them for content – the department is just ensuring the logo is present and positioned correctly. “I think that the only exception to that would be if there was something that was very see POSTING on PAGE 2
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Relationships can be hard work, but for people struggling with their mental health, they can be especially difficult to manage. When patients suffer from mental health symptoms such as stress management, anxiety or depression, those will often have an impact on interpersonal relationships, said Shannon Nix, a counselor and interpersonal outreach coordinator at the Counseling Center at Georgia Regents University. Negative relationships can worsen one’s mental state as well. Nix said family relationships can be especially difficult, since the ways people are raised can have a big impact on their sense of self and their beliefs. The loss of a relationship can also trigger a depressive episode, said Dale Peeples, an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgia Regents. For people with depression, a symptom called anhedonia can occur, when people experience the loss of enjoyment of activities they used to enjoy. “The changes in behavior are probably going to drive off friends,” Peeples said. “They don’t like activities so they just withdraw from their social circles. Similarly with anxiety, a lot of anxiety is tied up into social situations, so you definitely see withdrawal there.” Remaining connected with friends and family is an important coping tool for people struggling with mental illnesses,
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inappropriate, and we’re saying very inappropriate – visually or otherwise,” Brond said. “I’ve worked for a couple of universities that are state-funded as well, and there’s just not a line there because it’s where the funding comes from. It really doesn’t exist, and it doesn’t exist here.” While Brond and the vice president for Student Affairs, Mark Poisel, said they are mostly concerned with publications posted throughout JSAC, Foley said her Facebook was also under scrutiny when her poster didn’t include the proper logo. “They didn’t want this version being posted on our Facebook page because it didn’t have the logo and wasn’t in line with the branding requirements,” she said. “So they just asked for us to take whatever
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A lot of anxiety is tied up into social situations, so you definitely see withdrawal there. -- Dale Peeples, an assistant professor of psychiatry
“It’s really important to try to break that cycle because if you do withdraw, if you do isolate, it’s going to reinforce the depression,” he said. “So even though they might not enjoy it, it’s still important to remain socially connected until they’re able to move out of the depression because it’s going to help with the recovery if they stay active with friends.” It is important to look out for warning signs a romantic re-
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City proposes new mills campus By Richard Adams staff writer The buildings for Georgia Regents University may possibly be expanded beyond the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses along with the hospital. Vice President of Facilities Support Services Phillip Howard said during planning one of the chief concerns has been aligning space issues with student needs. This was due to the new enrollment projections from a university survey conducted during the merger. Around the same time, he said, the city proposed its own project to the university: involvement with the redevelopment of the historic Sibley and King Mills. “The city approached GRU as a possible tenant in the mills district, which is what they are calling it,” Howard said. “It’s something that’s been posed to us as a possibility, and it will be considered during our master planning project that will be kicking off in the next couple months.” The question at this time is what those specific changes will be. What Howard did know is that it will involve growth – a lot of it. “This is a fairly large thing,” Howard said. “We’re actually master planning in all respects a new university. It
will be something that we can certainly celebrate, working very closely with the city because, obviously, anything that we do impacts the city. So the city will be very engaged in this process, as well as the community. So we’re pretty excited about it, and it will help define us moving forward.”
It’s kind of a grand vision, and it has a potential to really change Augusta in many respects. -- Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority
The current momentum on both sides is the result of separate master plans held by both city and university, which prove to be beneficial for both entities, he said. “What the city’s doing now with (Augusta Regional Collaboration project) is what the city has needed to do,” Howard said. “They’re certainly identifying certain districts that they want to develop, which I think is a very smart approach. The mission that the city has, we’re hopeful to be at the table every step of the way.” The Sibley Mill was designated a
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Open Access Week began Monday with plenty of events planned to educate the students and faculty of Georgia Regents University on what is open access. Open access is a way for people to access free scholarly journals, theses and dissertations, historical images, presentations and other scholarly information online, said Kim Mears, the nursing information librarian. Sandra Bandy, who works with content management at Georgia Regents, said the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition created Open Access Week in order to educate people on what open access is. “This year we really wanted to do a little more because we are now consolidated,” Bandy said. “We wanted our students to understand Open Access.” The “What is Open Access?” presentation will be hosted at both campus libraries on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Peter Shipman, a librarian assistant professor, hosts on Wednesday at Greenblatt Library in room 211 and Lindsay Blake will host at Reese Library in room 304. The final presentation will be held in Reese Library in room 304 at 12:15 p.m. Thursday and will be hosted by Virginia Feher, a librarian assistant professor.
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lationship may be taking a negative turn, Nix said. A lack of personal responsibility, a push for intimacy and the need to spend too much time with one’s significant other can indicate red flags that abusive behaviors may arise, she said. “When someone’s giving you that much attention and gifts and saying all these wonderful things, your brain is releasing endorphins,” she said. “It’s kind of like being on a drug. So you’re not as objective, and you’re not noticing these things other people might notice.” Knowing the signs of abuse can help victims avoid abusive relationships. GRU Violence Awareness Month is sponsoring a workshop on abuse in LGBTQ relationships Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse.
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we had up, down and replace it with the edited version. I mean at that point, I don’t think I realized, ‘Oh yeah, these rules apply to our Facebook pages.’” Although Brond and Poisel said they don’t care about the content on the publication, the stipulations in the policy itself contradict that claim. “The new branding requirements govern what fonts you can use, what colors you can use and stipulate that a logo needs to be on there, and it stipulates where the logo needs to be placed,” Foley said. Eventually, OCM intends to expand this policy as well, Poisel said, to indicate when student fees are used to sponsor programs. “The other thing that we’re going to be working on is we want the flyers to indicate student fees have been used in order to sponsor the program,” Poisel said.
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national heritage area by Congress in 1996, said the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority, Dayton Sherrouse. He said he was extremely optimistic about the possibility of the university somehow utilizing the two mills, which combine together to form more than a million square feet of space. “It’s kind of a grand vision, and it has a potential to really change Augusta in many respects,” Sherrouse said. “Of course, obviously, it’s got to be a good thing for everybody involved: the city, the Canal Authority, GRU, the consolidation, all of that. So it has the potential of really being a kind of game-changing project for Augusta.” Sherrouse added there are still a lot of unanswered questions that are currently being addressed by the Augusta Regional Collaboration project and the university. “One confusion that people have is that we’ve recommended that GRU move into the mills, which is not necessarily true,” said Matthew Kwatinetz, the executive director of the Augusta Regional Collaboration project. “What we are recommending is the creation of a district that includes the mills and the other area around there, in order to facilitate GRU expanding more quickly and successfully to expand quality of life to its students.” During the past year, Kwatinetz has been heading up multiple community development meetings in the historic Harrisburg neighborhood, a swath of homes and businesses that connects Summerville to the mill properties. Safety remains the major concern the school has communicated to Kwatinez. “For us to consider putting something in there, you know, obviously our primary concern is student and staff safety,” Howard said. “So whatever we would put out there, if the decision was to do that, the environment around whatever we would have there would have to be developed far enough along that we would be comfortable with the safety and security of the site.” email@example.com
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Sibley Mill, a former textile production center, stands on the Augusta Canal and contributed to the industrialization of the South before it closed.
Mills district contributes to city’s history By Meredith Day staff writer
Downtown property may be a site for the future population of Georgia Regents University. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Georgia Regents administration is looking at using Sibley Mill and King Mill as a possible means of expanding to the current campuses. While the expansion to the buildings is uncertain, their history is rich. John Hayes, an assistant professor of history at Georgia Regents, talked about the mills’ origins and why they were brought into Augusta, Ga. Sibley Mill was constructed from June 1880 to February 1882 and named after Josiah Sibley, a local cotton broker and civil leader. King Mill was constructed in 1883 and named after John Pendleton King who helped to get the Augusta Canal expanded in order to produce more horsepower, according to Historical American Engineering Record documents at the Augusta Historic Society. “Both were built a couple decades after the Civil War, and that was part of a regional, which I mean throughout the South, trend of constructing textile mills,” Hayes said. “So, until that time, textile mills had been primarily a phenomenon in New England, and it was an attempt to industrialize or promote an industrial revolution in the South.” The director for the study of Georgia history at Georgia Regents, Lee Ann Caldwell, said the area around the mill became a community for the people who worked in them. David Daniel worked for Kings Mill as a security guard in the front of the mill in 1981. He worked 16-hour shifts at a time when there were around 360 people employed. Despite the long hours, he described the mill as a good working environment. firstname.lastname@example.org
Student housing options likely to increase By Rebecca Perbetsky chief reporter Georgia Regents University is looking to expand student housing. The Georgia Board of Regents has been working with the university in planning an expansion of the campus to the downtown area, said Matthew Kawtinetz, the executive director of the Augusta Regional Collaboration. Even though the university has been looking at two of the mills in the textile district, he said the location of the student housing could move if there is a concern with the quality of life. “The decision has not been made yet,” Kawtinetz said. Dale Hartenburg, the director of Student Services, said the master plan for the campus expansion is still in its early stages as of right now.
As for student housing, there was a survey conducted when the merger was announced called the student quality of life facilities. Hartenburg said the survey gave the executive board members some insight as to what students preferred and the thought behind the freshman dormitories was to help improve the freshman experience. “It looked at housing, recreation and dining spaces,” he said. “What came out of that and everything in the report, at the moment, is still preliminary. There hasn’t been a piece approved to it but what came from it was a need to consider freshman housing.” Right now at Georgia Regents, there are no traditional freshman-style dormitories. Hartenburg said along with University Village, which is apartment-style student housing, the residency program
at the Health Sciences campus does have something similar to the traditional freshman style dormitories. Thomas Robertson, the president of Cranston Engineering Group, P.C., supports the addition and said it is exciting and much needed. “Getting something that was freshman specific and dealt with the kind of issues they dealt with and helped them be successful was something that really came out of that plan and something we looked at first,” Hartenburg said. Not only will the new freshman housing help with students becoming successful in school, Hartenburg said, but living in student housing, especially as a freshman, also has other advantages. “At UV, we put in a specific program structure to help our first-year students, and that program is University Connections,” Hartenburg said. “For housing,
our focus right now is first-year students and getting them into campus and getting them into an environment where they feel comfortable and transition well into college.” As far as where the student housing is going to be located, Kawtinetz said that decision is still up in the air at this point. Right now, the plan is still foggy, and even if the plan gets accepted, the next concern would be financing, since the money comes from the students choosing to live in the housing. “What they would try to do ideally is try to know for a fact how many students are choosing to live in student housing and that fee would be set,” he said. “And then they would turn around and look for an outside person to build that student housing based on the requirements they provide.” email@example.com
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editorial Questionable timing for parking decal renewal tively speaking, for the discrepancy in fees. Student parking rates increased by $15 while faculty and staff rates jumped to $10 per month. As annoying as shelling out this extra cash may be, it’s not cause for commotion. What students find irritating, and what we at The Bell Ringer cannot comprehend, is that we are just now getting notification that we need to register for this term’s parking – when we are more than halfway through the semester. Registration at the former Augusta
State University took place in August when classes started. Students were given a grace period of about two weeks, during which they were expected to get registered and begin displaying their hangtags on their vehicles. The timing of Augusta State’s registration made perfect sense. Students print their schedules, buy their books and register their cars. It’s understandable that a new university will have kinks to work out, but considering the much-maligned parking situation at the Summerville campus, one would reasonably expect that vehicle
registration would be near the top of the list of issues to resolve prior to the start of the academic year. But it wasn’t. And now the administration is expecting us to shell out $35 to park on campus when we have less than 8 weeks left in the semester. When we start again in January, we’ll have to pony up again for another $35. At this point, wouldn’t it be more logical for the university to just cut its losses, let the semester finish out sans parking fees and implement the new parking fee structure next semester?
Letter to the editor Hospital policies need revising
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I struggle with finding various subjects for my assignments, so I sometimes use items I find in locations in downtown Augusta, Ga.
My struggles with photography
I’m taking a photography course this semester, and I currently have a love-hate relationship with it. I have a great professor who knows his stuff. He’s been a professional for years, and it’s quite intimidating, even though he’s extremely humble about it. He’s had experiences and been and lived in places that I can only dream about at the moment. He’s had his work shown at festivals and has won various awards, so when I started the course, I was immediately inspired. He’s given us different websites to try to help us come up with ideas and points out different photographers we could look to for inspiration. He’s shown photography documentaries and videos from YouTube in class that are helpful if we want to do print work with models or anything like that. But no one said it would be easy. Everyone thinks photography is just clicking a button, but it’s not. There’s a lot more to it, and if people would just take the time to learn it, they’d take much better photos. The course is split into two parts: the first half deals with 35 mm film and the other half deals with digital. At the beginning when we started the film portion, I was excited because neither I nor many of my classmates had had much experience with taking photos with a 35 mm camera and using the darkroom to develop photos, which is pretty cool but the process is frustrating. I chose to buy my own 35 mm camera, tripod and other accessories because I just like the idea of hav-
Ashley Trawick news editor ing my own. Plus there are only so many cameras to rent, and there are about 30 people taking two photography courses. I then thought about how good 35 mm photos would look in my portfolio, in print and online. Plus I’d get to go out and take photos whenever I wanted with my own equipment. For the digital portion, I’m planning to buy a DSLR as well. Again, I just like having my own.
Everyone thinks that “photography is just clicking a button, but it’s not. There’s a lot more to it. ” Anyway, having a camera and all is awesome, but taking the actual photos can be difficult. Your subject matter must be important or must display a specific message in the photo you’re taking. I feel I’ve done that so far, but finding places or things to take photos of in Augusta, Ga., is hard. Even if I take trips to Evans, Ga.; Martinez, Ga.; Grovetown, Ga.; or even Harlem, Ga., there is stuff everywhere, but nothing I’ve come across is photoworthy, especially for a grade. When I go out to shoot, I just drive around for a few hours just trying to find something worthy of snapping, but it never works. I tend
to overthink it, and that may be a problem. I’d love to explore empty buildings or have a model of some sort to create different images with, but I don’t. I know I could probably find one, but that takes time, and I don’t have any. Another thing I’m uncomfortable with is the darkroom. I like everything on the surface about it, but actually following the procedures and mixing the chemicals is nervewracking. The only way to develop good film photos is in the darkroom, and it’s quite baffling that I’m still having trouble with it. I usually pick things up pretty quickly, but I’ve been avoiding going to the darkroom because of everything involved. I look forward to the digital part because, again, I’ll have my own equipment and there will be more to learn. I already own a point-andshoot, and that’s beneficial for a beginner, but for someone like myself who eventually wants to make money with photography or photojournalism, it’s vital for me to learn everything I possibly can. I’m hoping the digital portion of the course goes way better than the 35 mm portion. I sometimes find myself uninspired, and that really frustrates me. I’m going to have to not overthink things and just go with the flow when it comes to taking photographs. I’m positive that the course, overall, will help me with my skills. I’m looking forward to learning more and hopefully applying it when I start my career. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Parking registration is finally open, and some students aren’t particularly happy about it. It makes perfect sense that the powers that be at the newly merged Georgia Regents University would require students to replace their old Augusta State University parking decals with ones that reflect the new university. It also makes perfect sense that the administration would want to streamline parking rates across the campuses. However, it seems a little unfair that the Summerville employees and students are the ones paying, literally and figura-
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Dear Editor, October is additionally Infant Loss Awareness Month; with optimism toward saving lives of future infants and babies, I would like to share a letter I wrote to Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta, Ga., and its affiliate hospitals on April 4, 2013. A copy of said letter: I have been trying to work with Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta, Ga., to get some policies, procedures and trainings started. I am doing this in response to the death of my infant daughter. I feel that if the changes I want were in place, her chances for life would have been greatly improved. I have shortened the list down to six things. I could really use some advice on how to get some of these things accomplished. Things I want done: Three policies and procedures: 1. Fetal heart rate is to be considered lost after it is found to be lost with a single piece of technology. Loss of fetal heart shall not be confirmed through other methods. Actions to attempt to recover fetal heart rate are to be begun immediately upon loss of fetal heart rate. 2. Resuscitation efforts should include all technological and medical advances available to rescuers. Resuscitation efforts must go beyond CPR. Resuscitation efforts must only be called off when next of kin or a state appointed guardian chooses to do so. 3. In the event of a stillbirth, during after care, the mother’s privacy must be paramount. Medical staffs not performing medically necessary procedures are not permitted to be in audience with the mother without her permission, which must be given immediately prior to said audience. Three trainings I want people who work in Labor and Delivery to receive: 1. Stillbirth/loss of child bereavement training: A training program that teaches sensitivity toward those that have just gone through the loss of a child. 2. Crisis management training: A training programsthat teaches how to have emotional composure to medical professionals in times of crisis. 3. Anger management training: A training program that teaches the potentially damaging effects of anger during a crisis situation and how to minimize said anger. Any feedback would be wonderful, thank you. I have also sent this to Capital Regional Medical Center, Coliseum Northside Hospital, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Lake City Medical Center, Ocala Health, West Florida Hospital, Coliseum Health System, Fairview Park Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, North Florida Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. -Patrick D. Moorehead firstname.lastname@example.org
Never Lost Swimming in the seas of my mind, long before I met you… ideas of walking on the ground. You will always be real to me. Flying through the shadows, in the reservoir of my soul is the piercing beam of light; I caught a star for you Looped a lasso round the moon and pulled, bringing light closer to my dreams. We get to cradle you there Reaching out into the rustling winds are little rings of laughter, lamenting sighs of sorrow and… words of every lesson we would ever want to teach you. If sounds can reach the cosmos, every corner that dreams can see, hear our cooing cries of adoration… from your mom and dad, we love you. - For our daughter, Niamh
Style is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a distinctive manner of expression.” Need I say more? We all have different styles and ways of how we do things. Whether it be fashion, writing, music, food and even hobbies, we are defined as people by our “one in a million” styles. I have so much fun on my daily strolls through the halls and classrooms of Georgia Regents University because we have such a diverse group of students! From punk rockers who obsess over black trench coats, no matter the temperature, to the stereotypical sorority girl who’s usually wearing her letters on a shirt that’s two times too large for her skinny body, or the eccentric AfricanAmericans who pride their dashikis, circular sunglasses and nose-rings. Georgia Regents, although it’s not NYU or UGA, is still a very diverse place. I LOVE IT! If you don’t know me personally, I am a very sociable guy, so I’m usually not afraid to talk to new people, especially ones who are different than myself. In fashion, I define myself as the modern prep. With my button-ups, fitted pants and boots, I pride myself in my overly developed sense of what I call “prep culture.” However, in all of my preppy glory, I still understand the importance of recognizing street style and haute couture. Cashmere and Merino wool reign supreme in my closet, and I love to show off my patriotic garb, seeing as how my favorite color combination is a cherry red, poster board white and navy blue! I love and know designer; however, I know what looks great on me, and prep is it! Louis Vuitton, so many things I could say, is my favorite! The classic monogram print that indicates the initials of one of the most innovative designers of all
time just exhilarates me. OK, enough about that, let’s talk about you! I am in Craig Albert’s Introduction to American Government Class. This semester, we have been reading from Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” a 700plus page book filled with Tocqueville’s philosophy of America. In the book, Tocqueville says it’s our obligation as people, more specifically as adults, to form an opinion and let go of our nonage! You are a single, solitary person on this gigantic place we call Earth. Why would you want to be like anyone else except for yourself? Here are some tips on how to create and develop your fashion style: 1. Find Things You Love - There are so many avenues of things that you can find! There is no excuse for you not finding something you really like! Whether it be peplum skirts or military jackets, there is an infinite number of styles you can choose from! I have found that I really like piercings. I probably will not be getting any, but they really interest me! Finding things you love shows your individuality because it forces you to find things you like. When you like something, hopefully you won’t change just because of someone’s opinion. 2. Embrace Other Styles - By embracing the styles of your peers and classmates, you open up your mind to a whole different area of the fashion ocean, that you probably haven’t even begun to inhabit. Although my personal style is Modern Prep, I look to people like my fashionable cousin Xavier when dressing up because I know dressing up in a suit and tie is his specialty. Or when I want to learn more about punk fashion, I look toward some of my friends who have accepted that as their personal style.
Nikki Skinner production assistant Society feels as though the term “redskin” is offensive, when in reality it was a term linguists say was originally used interracially. Native Americans themselves were the origin of the term, and it
Music provides outlet for emotions
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Rickey Jones is wearing a Gap blazer, Ralph Lauren button-up shirt and American Eagle slacks in downtown Augusta, Ga., for Fashion Night.
3. Create a Signature Look - As you probably well know, my signature look is a button-up shirt with a layered sweater, complimented by my slim fit pants and boots or loafers. Creating a signature look helps people recognize you! It also helps you with your selfconfidence because it reminds you that NO ONE can wear your signature like you can! I have had my signature look now for a while, and I know no one can wear that outfit like I can. It’s funny, when you set a signature, it’s actually easier for you to go shopping because you have a good idea of what you want. You go in, get what you want and leave! 4. Assess Your Current
Closet - Many people feel that when setting a new style, they have to go out and buy all-new clothes. I highly beg to differ! Before starting your new style, make sure to do a cumulative look at your closet. Some of your pieces could be altered to where they fit in perfectly with your new style! I fell victim to doing this with my style, then I took a deep look at the contents of my closet and I found I could actually use a lot of my clothes for my new style. Like I said before, we are all individuals, so whatever you like, embrace it! I hope these tips will help you develop and create a style that’s all your own. Thanks for reading! email@example.com
Redskins controversy is unconstitutional The recent argument surrounding the Washington Redskins really shows how ignorant our nation is as a whole. For starters, society is trying to infringe on the Redskins’ First Amendment rights. They are part of a privately owned franchise, giving the owners the right to name the team whatever they choose – no matter whom it may offend in the long run.
wasn’t considered offensive at the time. Over the years, though, it turned into a derogatory slur. This team chose its name in honor of its former coach William “Lone Star” Dietz who said he was Native American. So in his honor the team’s name changed in 1933 from the Boston Braves to the Boston Redskins. After the team’s move to Washington, D.C.,
in 1937, the team retained its name, becoming the Washington Redskins. Native Americans should be honored their nationality is the only one with teams named after them. Parts of modern-day society may think this is offensive, but that does not give them the right to take away someone’s freedom of speech. firstname.lastname@example.org
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Before my mother got married and had me, she studied art in school. She told me before she had me she knew she wanted not only music but the arts in general to be a staple in the lives of her children. As a result of my mother’s artistic roots, music became one of the most important aspects of my life. While growing up, music was always around me, whether it was my mother and me singing and dancing in the living room or me singing in my bedroom. Music has always been a part of my memories. When my mother exposed me to music, she made sure I listened to different genres and artists, so I would grow up with a much larger appreciation for the art. However important it is to be exposed to different artists and types of music, I think there is a much deeper reason as to why I took to music the way I did. This deeper reason is because music was, has and always will be what has gotten me through the roughest parts of life. Music is only one of the main reasons I can remember significant life events I have gone through. Looking back, I don’t think I would have been able to get through those events if music was not an option for me. It has always been the outlet I use to express my feelings, especially when I am going through a difficult time in my life and I can’t find the words to explain how I feel. While going through these things, I was always able to find a song that expressed how I felt. As I grew up, the way I used music changed. Instead of finding other artists and songs that would best fit my feelings, I began to find the words I needed to express myself, and I began writing my own songs. There is one song I wrote, which was by far the hardest song I have ever had to write, that meant the most to me. It was the song I wrote for my nana after she passed away from pancreatic cancer. The song I wrote for my nana helped me with the grieving process in a way talking could have never done for me. I haven’t written a song since then, but I have evolved artistically over the years since I wrote my last song. My evolution with music has been a lifelong process. Recently, my artistic side has grown and flourished into other creative aspects of art such as painting. About a year ago, I began to really get into painting, and from then on I have been in love with it. Even though I have started experimenting with my different talents and with different artistic outlets, I don’t foresee myself ever giving up music. It is simply a part of my life that I will never be able to let go of. I believe 100 percent that music is food for the soul. It not only feeds your soul, but it feeds the artist inside of everyone. It makes you grow and reflect on things that without it you just don’t get the same type of healing from. I have always said I don’t want to be like my mother when I have kids. Now that I think about all the good times I had as a child singing with her, I know I will end up just like my mother one day, singing at the top of my lungs with my children, with plastic spoons in our hands, while we dance around the entire house.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
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Tales to spook campus By Richard Adams staff writer
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Seven Once, a party and show band, volunteers to play at the Monster Bash-themed fundraiser at Enterprise Mill Friday night.
They did the Monster Bash By Jordan Barry staff writer
The second annual Monster Bash drew a large crowd for a night of Halloween fun to raise money for a local children’s hospital. Co-founders Mary Lynn Sheram and Marie Smith started the Monster Bash in 2012 to fill the void of fundraising events for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. As a critical care physician in pediatrics at the hospital, Sheram said she and Smith wanted to do something fun for the community that would also benefit the hospital, and when she and Smith were brainstorming ideas in 2012, they thought a Halloween party would be a great idea. “I guess we were just talking about fundraising events,” Sheram said. “We were thinking about fun things to do in Augusta, (Ga.) and the only real Halloween parties are at bars. And we thought maybe it’d be a good idea to try to get other people out of the community to come join in.” Megan Dean, a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at the hospital, said she helped plan the first and second annual Monster Bashes. “We decided that other children’s hospitals have all these big benefits and things like that, and ours, which is a great children’s hospital, it doesn’t have a lot of those things,” Dean said. “We thought this might be a fun little way to try and raise money for the hospital and
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Decorations at the front of Enterprise Mill spook guests at the annual Monster Bash.
have a good time at the same time.” Smith said last year they used the money to buy special vein-finding lights that help reduce the trial and error when hooking children up to IVs. They were also able to purchase special incubators to help babies born with jaundice. However, she said they are not sure what the money will go toward this year. “All the money raised will come straight back to the children’s hospital,” Smith said. “Then Dr. Sheram and I will get to sit down with administration and decide where that money goes.” The party was hosted at the Enterprise Mill Friday, and patrons paid $50 for a ticket, which included everything provided at the event. When the doors opened at 8 p.m., patrons enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and live music and dancing with the band Seven Once, a
11-piece band, playing hit music to get visitors dancing, which Smith said the band did for free. “We just happened to know one of the band members, and they’re doing it on their time off,” Smith said. “They’re not charging us anything, which is pretty nice. They want to help out the children as well.” There was a costume contest for the best couple’s costume and the best individual costumes. Dean said she won the costume contest in 2012 when she dressed up as a loofah, and her date dressed up as a box of soap. She won a one-year membership to Evans Fitness Center. This year, patrons dressed in various costumes and a prize of $500 was awarded for the best couple’s costume, along with a prize of $250 awarded for the best individual costume. email@example.com
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Pharmacy gets unique
Families will gather round Friday night to hear eerie tales straight from the heart of Ireland, the home of Halloween. The Charms of Ireland, a family-friendly evening of storytelling and music, will be held on the Summerville Campus Quadrangle Lawn at Georgia Regents University. Spooky stories and traditional Irish music around a campfire will commence at 6:30 p.m. Debra van Tuyll, a professor of communications, and Carl Purdy, a professor of music, said they coordinated this event to explore Irish history and culture through music, folklore and dancing in order to coincide with fundraising attempts by Georgia Regents students planning to attend a study abroad trip in Ireland this summer. Having the music, dancing and storytelling revolve around a fire pit was an idea central to creating the ambiance necessary for a night similar to the original Halloween tradition, Purdy said. “You know, the Irish holiday that we call Halloween is called Samhain,” van Tuyll said. “The Irish would have fires on Samhain because you have to burn the detritus of the crops that you’ve harvested. You’ve got leftover stuff, you know, like how in the fall here we burn the fields – so bonfires are very traditional at the end of harvest.
Fires are part of the Samhain tradition and part of the Halloween tradition.” Ashley Pacheco, a sophomore history major, signed on to participate because she said she has both a love of Irish history and the desire to take advantage of the study abroad program this summer. “I’d heard about the program, but like moneywise, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it because it is so expensive,” Pacheco said. “The Charms of Ireland is a way in which people who are doing the study abroad program are able to participate. Any proceeds that the actual program makes that night get equally distributed between all the people who were involved.” Both van Tuyll and Purdy said this was a project close to their hearts, and it has strengthened the bond of friendship that has grown between them over the years of planning out and escorting groups of students on the study abroad trips to Ireland. These are exactly the kinds of friendships that Ireland engenders, they both said. It has been a major reason they continue to do the extra work it takes to provide this opportunity to Georgia Regents students and staff. “This is going to sound really nerdy and silly,” van Tuyll said, “but one of my great joys in life is showing Ireland to other people.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish culture and food collide By Meredith Day staff writer In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the students and faculty of Georgia Regents University were invited to enjoy a Hispanic cooking demonstration as well as sample some flavorful cuisine on the Health Sciences campus Oct. 7. David Moulton, the executive chef at Georgia Regents, said he has been in the cooking industry for 38 years. “This is my second year of doing the Hispanic cooking demo, and it was just something to educate people on the different cuisines around us,” he said. Torri Lampkin, the office specialist for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said the cooking demonstration was just one of many events planned for National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
Heather Abdelnur, an associate professor of history, said prior to 1965, only a certain percentage of people were allowed to come in from each nation or region of the world. However, the Immigration and Nationality Act, which was put in place in 1965 and became effective in 1968, made it so equal amounts of people were allowed from every nation and region, which caused the Hispanic population to grow. “This is actually the second time that we’ve done a cooking demonstration, but this is the third year that we’ve had Hispanic Heritage Month events at the school,” Lampkin said. Another event the university holds for those interested in Hispanic culture is Tertulia every Friday at Mi Rancho on Washington Road in Augusta, Spanish Professor Jana Sandarg said. email@example.com
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George Antonopoulos entertains the crowd while playing the bouzouki at the annual Greek Festival in Augusta,Ga.
Festival goes Greek By Jordan Barry staff writer Augustans came together for an annual dose of Greek philoxenia, or hospitality, as the Greek community celebrated its culture and showed outsiders just how they do it in the annual Greek Festival. The festival took place Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Greene Street in downtown Augusta, Ga., where there was Greek food, music, dancing and vendors selling clothes and jewelry. Alexandra Bitere, a Georgia Regents University senior biology major and a member of the church, said she helps out with the festival every year, and the Greek community and church put on the event for several reasons. “It’s to introduce the authentic Greek culture to a small town,” she said. “It’s also used as a fellowship just to provide a little more culture to the city and also a good way for us to show the way the Greeks do it. It is a good fundraiser for our church also.” The whole church comes together to help put the festival together in some way, Bitere said. “It’s a big group,” she said. “It’s all about teamwork and (the) community of people from our church. So it’s just all a big teamwork. Everybody comes and volunteers; everybody comes and helps. We all put it together as a family.” Jerry James, a volunteer for the festival, said his wife is Greek, and he has volunteered at the festival for years. He said
the Greek Festival is important to the Greek community and the church. “Well, I think it just brings everybody together, and it’s a fundraiser for us to support the church,” James said. Agreeing with James, Hilda Kelly, another volunteer, said she got involved with the Greek Orthodox Church because of her son-in-law’s Greek heritage. “It pays for (the church’s) mortgage,” Kelley said. “It pays for all their activities they do during the year. It supports the church in a very big way and helps them out.”
It’s all about teamwork and (the) community of people from our church.
--Alexandra Bitere, a senior biology major Stacey Decatalier, another volunteer, said she has been involved since the first Greek Festival in Augusta. “Actually about more than 25 years ago, the first festival was held up on Washington Road at the Big Tree shopping center,” Decatalier said. “The Young Adult League held that first festival, and I was a member of the Young Adult League, so I’ve been active with the Greek festival ever since.” Decatalier said the main difference between Greek and American culture is the emphasis on family. “In the Greek culture, family is very, very important,” she said. “When you think about family, you think about food,
sitting down to meals together. So the food is, of course, a part of our culture. And when we sit down to eat together, we celebrate together. So you have music, and it all kind of goes together.” The band A Night in Athens played traditional Greek music throughout the festival, and visitors learned how to do some traditional Greek dances. “It’s traditional Greek dancing, so it’s very like group line dancing that we do,” Bitere said. “We have our traditional costumes and outfits. There’s simple ones that we can get the crowd up to do that are like four steps that we just go around in a circle and do.” Olivia Magoulas, a senior majoring in middle-grade education, said although she is Greek, she was born in America, and the festival is a great way for her to learn about her family’s culture and keep it alive. “It was always something that I did when I was little,” Magoulas said. “It was just kind of a fun way to be able to go and see parts of my culture and be able to Greek dance and show other people what our culture is all about.” Another intrinsic part of the festival for Magoulas was being able to tour the inside of the Greek Orthodox Church, she said. “A lot of people think that Greek Orthodox is not Christian, but it is,” Magoulas said. “We believe in Jesus and everything. Our sermons every Sunday are just pretty much like telling a Bible story, just in a very traditional way.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The combination of a pharmacy and a boutique is becoming common in cities nationwide, and there is one located right here in Augusta, Ga. Custom Boutique, located at 1543 15th Street, provides a mixture of different boutiquestyle clothing including dresses, jewelry, scarves and clutches. A junior biology major, Morgan Fordham, and the boutique’s assistant, Jennifer Link, said they both got the idea while working at the pharmacy. They said they wanted to cater to women who were waiting for prescriptions to be filled and they came up with the idea for a boutique from a social media website. “We are students, and we love clothes,” Fordham said. “So one day, we’re just looking on Pinterest and looking online and finding these boutiques, and some boutiques were in pharmacies, and they were doing well. So we went to our boss and asked him if he would be willing to do it. His wife loves to shop, (and) he (has) a collegeage daughter, so we figured we’d all have fun doing it and that we’d give him extra business and extra walk-ins.” The business did a trial run over the summer and it went well, so the owner green-lighted the plan, Fordham said The boutique is small right now, Link said, but they’re looking to add more clothes racks due to weekly inventory being delivered and more items being discussed to sell in the store. The pharmacy, Custom Prescription Shoppe, provides medical equipment from DuraMed Medical Services. Thedra Howard, the cus-
tomer service manager and certified mastectomy fitter, has been working at the pharmacy since 1987 and said it’s different from other pharmacies because all of the medicine is made inhouse. “We don’t deal in any animal-based products,” Howard said. “They’re all plant-based.” For the boutique, Link said it is in the process of getting a website together where customers can order items online. It is also in the process of expanding its collection with handbags, headbands, home decorations for the holidays and possibly shoes, she said. Fordham also said the store has a good range of clothes. They’re not just directed at young women. “It’s from high school to older business women,” she said. “But there is stuff you can wear to work, there’s stuff you can on the weekends, (to) weddings, casual, cookout, game day, anything like that. But we (mostly) have casual to business wear, you know, the fun, stylish kind of business wear.” How it differs from other local stores, Link said, is it’s another business that benefits everyone in the community, and the location is really convenient. “To me, as an ASU student, I would rather come right down the road after class or on break than have to fight the traffic going to the mall,” she said. “Places like the mall, I love to shop at the mall, but whatever you get at the mall, everybody’s going to have. So you don’t have to go out of town (or) drive miles to go get some cute clothes. Everyone likes their own little unique style.” email@example.com
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Custom Boutique, on 15th Street in downtown Augusta, Ga., combines fashion and pharmacuticals to optimize interest for customers in the area.
ThursdaySaturday, Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
Maxwell Theatre Summerville Campus Directed by Carolyn Cope
General public, $10; seniors (60 and older), $7. Children and students, $5. GRU faculty and staff, $5. GRU students are admitted free with a valid university ID. For tickets and more information, go to maxwelltheatre.gru.edu or call the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Services are available for persons with disabilities who require special assistance. Contact the theatre Director at 706-729-2310. Certain services may require advance notice of two weeks.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
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Instructors simulate real world Health Sciences campus provides more than MDs
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Crew is in charge of planning student activities to benefit both. Because the two schools are now one, the Crew is making an effort to be fair to both campuses, Haskins said. There will be one big event on the Summerville campus then the next semester the big event will be held at the Health Sciences campus. Although there are growing pains of the merger, Haskins said the two campuses should view themselves as one. “It’s no more them and us,” she said. “It’s us. We’re all one.” firstname.lastname@example.org
tivity board, then known as the Jaguar Activities Board, planned all of the student events such as Week of Welcome, Club Fest, Pig Out, school night at Adventure Crossing and Finals Frenzy. However, things have changed drastically since the merger of the onceseparate schools into Georgia Regents. Jessica Haskins, the assistant director of student programs, said the SGA from the Health Sciences campus and JAB, from the Summerville campus, have joined to form the Jaguar Production Crew. President of the Crew and senior kinesiology student Alexis Perry said the
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Student activities at Georgia Regents University are under new management. Prior to the merger, the Health Sciences campus and the Summerville campus had their own activities boards, which planned their own student programs and events. The president of the Graduate Student Government Association and a fourth-year dental school student, Brett Page, said Georgia Health Sciences University and the Medical College of Geor-
gia used to have all kinds of fun events put on by the SGA. Most of these events occurred Friday evenings, so they called them TGIF. Students attended the county fair, Adventure Crossing, roller-skating nights and even a casino night. “We’re kind of siloed into our own little programs,” Page said. “So the SGA tried to offer those activities to everybody on our campus when we were MCG and GHSU, but the individual schools also put on events that kind of were adjunct to their own students.” Augusta State University’s own ac-
By Jordan Barry staff writer
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Campuses’ student activities unify as result of merger
Liberal arts and health sciences fused together with the merger, but the shuttle bus services for the different campuses of Georgia Regents University remain distinctly separate in their work. On the Summerville campus, students board the Jaguar Express while the MEDEXpress roams the Health Sciences campus from parking lot to parking lot, picking up students and employees, and transporting them to the buildings. The Jaguar Express became a service available to students in 2005. It operates with two buses on a continuous route between University Village, the Summerville campus and Christenberry Fieldhouse, said Director of Auxiliary Services Karl Munschy. Munschy said the only real changes brought on by the merger of the two campuses was an extra shuttle bus on a strict route between Summerville and Health Sciences and the addition of a bigger bus. The intercampus route starts on the Summerville campus at the main entrance in front of University Hall and has a dropoff point on Laney Walker Boulevard on the Health Sciences campus, Munschy said. The new buses were a result of the additional route connecting the campuses. Not only is the recent model bigger in size but it is also equipped with a new component that allows the bus to to lower itself for handicapped students, Munschy said. Brittnay Tinker, a recent
Randall said Lee Auditorium is always open for bookings. The Event Management System used to book different events and to reserve different spaces on both campuses. Faculty, staff, students and the Augusta, Ga., community members all have access to see what events are being hosted at Maxwell on the website. However Randall said the Lee doesn’t have availible access online because it’s basically considered a room versus a building. “There’s not really a special stipulation for that room versus any other enterprise room on campus,” he said. “The bookings run through my office, but it’s owned by the university.” Student organizations can organize and plan events using the portal Community as well, said Karen Belk, the director of Student Development. “(It) lists their purpose, their roster of members and their upcoming events,” Belk said. “It’s also used for students to request from the office of Student Life and Engagement permission to host events on campus or offcampus under the student organization’s name.”
Events held at the Maxwell Theatre and the Lee Auditorium at Georgia Regents University are handled very differently. Kelly Thomas, the director of the Maxwell, said the process to book different acts can be done in a few different ways. Past acts like Tom Sullivan and Ethan Bortnick reached out to the Maxwell staff about performing, but one example of acts Maxwell reached out to get, he said, was the Lyceum Series. “There are only four events,” Thomas said. “We don’t have a terribly large budget, so we’re not about to bring, like, 12 events a year. We bring four events, but because we can only choose four, it means we can only touch on a certain number of things within that particular series.” For the 740-seat theater, a season is considered to be more like three years, he said. Within that three-year time segment, a committee, split up between students, faculty and staff, considers hosting between 25 to 50 events. However, many of the acts don’t come because they are too expensive or the time
frame is too close in the school year. “Others don’t happen because, for instance, just last season we had the Chinese acrobats,” he said. “We’re not going to book them for next season because it’s too close together. So if we’ve done a particular thing recently, we’re not going to touch on that again. Certain popular shows, like the acrobats, we will do again and again, but we try to put some time in between them. Generally, we try to make it so a student in four years is getting a whole variety or as much as you can do within a time that they are here.” Events are planned between October and December for the next school year. Thomas said the season usually finishes up in the March to April time frame. Lee Auditorium, which seats an audience of 400, is generally reserved for many of the student organizations, town hall meetings or any of the facility trainings for the hospital, said Joshua Randall, the manager for Instructional Systems. “Pretty much any larger meeting that requires more than 200 seats,” Randall said. “That’s our only large destination on the Health Sciences campus.”
transfer student and criminal justice major, said the shuttle buses are nice, but they could step their game up. “I think that we could have more stops on campus,” she said. “Maybe they can have a stop right dead in the middle of campus, like closer to the bookstore or right in the middle of the Science Hall and the JSAC and then come over here next to the science building and Allgood (Hall).” Meanwhile, the MEDEXpress has 11 shuttles, all under the watch of the director of Public Safety and chief of police, William McBride. A major distinction between the shuttle services is the Jaguar Express is bound to contract with Horizon Motorcoach, and the MEDEXpress is independent, McBride said. “We buy the buses, (and) we hire the humans,” he said. “We give them a commercial driver’s license, and they run the routes.” In the downtown area, new buildings are constantly being built and put in places that were formerly used as parking lots, forcing Health Sciences employees and students to park farther and farther away, McBride said. Therefore, the MEDEXpress was created to shuttle bodies closer to the Health Sciences buildings. The plan for the Jaguar Express and the MEDEXpress is to consolidate under one shuttle service, McBride said. “It doesn’t make any sense to have two different processes in the same institution, so I would assume that it will happen some point,” he said.
Merger provides intercampus route
Down 1.Michael Meyers’ mask in “Halloween” is in the likeness of ___.
By Jordan Williams sports
Two theaters coexist
simulation center, said the center is a good preparatory step for students before they move on to work with live patients at the Georgia Regents Health Center. “If we kill them here, we just reset the system,” Velez said. “Across the street, it’s not so easy.”
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students at the Health Sciences campus is the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center, where students from different degree programs such as nursing and dentistry are able to train in patient care with mannequins that have lifelike characteristics, such as a pulse, blinking eyes and visible breathing movements. Kevin Velez, the office specialist at the
2.The person who grew the largest pumpkin ever measured. 3.The first JackO-Lanterns were made from ___. 4.___ is typically believed to be the birth place of Halloween. 5.Magician that died in 1926 on Halloween as a result of appendicitis. 6.Ancient Roman festival that celebrated the harvest goddess and helped influence Halloween. 7.___ is the country of origin for the day of the dead holiday. 8.___ Halloween parade is the largest in New York City.
We have occupational therapy, radiation therapy (and) physical therapy. And also we have public health, which looks at community health as a whole.” Russell said this diversity in the field of allied health makes the college attractive for students from many different backgrounds and interest levels. A learning tool utilized by
Across 1.The fear of Halloween is called ___. 2.The word witch comes from the word ___, which means wise woman. 3.___ is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. 4.Trick or treating evolved from the ancient ___ tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits. 5.These originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago
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Kandace Chariff, an occassional instructor, guides Dane Culverson, a nursing student, in a simulation exercise at the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center at Georgia Regents University to learn different techniques for patient care.
Patrons fill the Maxwell Theatre at Georgia Regents University Saturday to watch a performance by Ethan Bortnick.
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While the Summerville campus maintains its longstanding function as a liberal arts institution, the Health Sciences campus is often still mistaken as merely a medical school. Heather Metress, the registrar for Georgia Regents University, said the Health Sciences campus prepares students for jobs across a wide spectrum of the health care industry, not just future doctors. The campus houses five different colleges including the dental school, allied health sciences, nursing and graduate studies in addition to the well-known medical college. “A lot of times, when someone heard ‘Georgia Health Sciences University,’ they thought that it just housed a medical college,” Metress said. “I think most of the time, people are just surprised to hear that we do have a College of Dental Medicine or that we do
have a dental hygiene program or any of the other programs. I think for so long when people heard that, it was just synonymous in their minds with ‘medical college.’” One college at the Health Sciences campus that is preparing students for a growing career field is the College of Allied Health Sciences. Barbara Russell, the interim associate dean for strategic initiative and faculty development in the allied health college, said the college offers degrees in 11 different disciplines, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. “Allied health professionals provide a lot of the support, a lot of the therapy, a lot of the direct patient care that needs to be there for quality health care,” Russell said. “Anywhere from telling the health information to performing laboratory testing to performing diagnostic radiology testing to performing therapy.
By Mindy Wadley copy editor
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
THE BELL RINGER
Center takes on injuries
By Jordan Williams sports editor
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The GRU Augusta basketball team and the Augusta Bulldogs gather for a photo after their Oct. 10 exhibition game.
Baskeball team hosts scrimmage on wheels By Amy Thorne correspondent The GRU Augusta men’s basketball team provided fun for the community Oct. 10 by playing a special exhibition game against a local wheelchair team. The Augusta Bulldogs represent Champions Made from Adversity, an organization dedicated to offering various sports programs to the physically disabled in the CSRA. Representatives of CMFA collected donations throughout the event. Fans filled the stands of the Christenberry Fieldhouse in hopes of seeing a unique game for GRU Augusta. Before the game against the Bulldogs, none of the Jaguars had ever played basketball in a wheelchair, men’s basketball Coach Dipp Metress said. After a few warm-up shots and a quick chant from the Jaguars, the first quarter began. Only a few minutes passed before Bulldog Cole Wooten made the first basket for his team. His teammate Damion Peyton made most of the team’s shots for the rest of the first quarter. The Jaguars missed several 3-pointers and committed a few lane violations. The game was so intense Jaguars senior forward Harold Doby fell out of his wheelchair but hoisted his chair back onto the floor and continued to play. During the second quarter, Jaguars junior forward Devin Wright-Nelson scored the Jaguars’ first point, putting the team on the scoreboard with less than
three minutes left in the quarter. Junior forward-guard Devonte Thomas also added to the score, making a 3-point shot with only 23 seconds left in the quarter. During the third quarter, Doby fell for a second time. The men’s team missed free throws but still managed to score points. The Bulldogs kept a strong pace throughout the game and ended the final quarter with 44 points. Doby ended the game by hanging from the rim of the basketball goal after a dunk to celebrate his regained mobility.
Teamwork is always something you can work on. --Abbey Mayfield, an Augusta Bulldog
After the game, Doby said using his legs is the most important aspect of basketball to him, so not using them put him out of his comfort zone. Jaguars junior guard D’Angelo Boyce said his biggest challenge was steering and using his arms to maneuver around. Although the experience was still enjoyable because it was an opportunity to do something different with the team and share the bond teammates have. Abbey Mayfield, an Augusta Bulldog, said even though her team was in its element, the Jaguars had height and long arms to their advantage. She also said she saw the Jaguars improve as the game progressed.
“They started to pass better and maneuver, and they kind of caught on,” she said. “Teamwork is always something you can work on.” Despite getting a win, Peyton said the Bulldogs still have room for improvement. “We could have had more talking, more time management overall,” Peyton said. “The height made a difference, but it was mainly communication.” Doby said the real purpose of the game was to entertain. “Everybody laughing and having a good time – that’s what it’s about at the end of the day,” he said. Eight years ago, the Jaguars played the CMFA at Garrett Elementary School. This year, however, officials decided the Christenberry Fieldhouse would be easier on the players and audience. The greatest improvement came, perhaps, not over the span of the game, but in the eight years since they first played. Metress said he saw a difference in the Bulldogs’ game. “They’ve got some ringers,” he said. “I remember a couple of them from last time, and they’re definitely better.” He also said the all-wheelchair game provided a good warm up for the Jaguars as they face the upcoming season opener Nov. 9. “Our guys showed good spirit and camaraderie,” Metress said. “They gained some valuable experience.”
When competing in sports, injuries come with the territory, but through proper care, an athlete can bounce back with a successful recovery. That care is made possible through the world of sports medicine, a field of people dedicated to preventing injuries and restoring athletes back to peak performance when injuries do occur. A sports medicine office utilized by multiple athletic programs in the local area is the Georgia Regents Sports Medicine Center. The center is a onestop shop operated by Georgia Regents health system, equipped with a physical therapy clinic, a team of athletic trainers and physicians who see athletes as well, senior athletic trainer Tim McLane said. The sports medicine center has personnel working with GRU Augusta athletic teams and an outreach program for local South Carolina high schools, such as Midland Valley, Silver Bluff and South Aiken. McLane said he is the frontline person for handling athletic injuries, and athletic trainers are responsible for trying to prevent injuries first, taking care of them when they do happen and rehabilitating them after they happen. Lisa Cummins, the senior athletic trainer responsible for covering all of the Jaguar teams, said the best way to prevent or at least recover more quickly from an injury is for athletes to continuously improve their strength
and conditioning. Senior forward for the GRU men’s basketball team KJ Sherrill said his team places heavy emphasis on stretching out the muscles in order to stay on the court. “As much running that we do every day, the best thing to do is stretch,” he said. “Any little aches that we have (we have to) make sure we go to the training get ice or just stretch them out.” McLane said the most difficult injuries to recover from are those requiring surgery or a severe concussion because returning to complete health is not instantaneous. He adapts his methods of encouraging and pushing an athlete to a successful recovery according to their individual personalities and how they handle things. “Everyone has their own little buttons,” he said. “So there are different things that motivate everybody a little bit differently, and you just have to find that button to help them get through it and work them through.” Sherrill is familiar with the rehab process, as he redshirted last year due to a torn meniscus, he said. The knee injury takes two or three months to heal, but instead of resting Sherrill played through the pain, which only made the knee problem worse. “At first it was challenging because it was hurting,” Sherrill said about the rehab process from his knee injury. “I had to force myself to be here, so every day I got better and better. Ms. Lisa (Cummins) did a great job of rehabbing me, so now my knee is almost 100 percent.” email@example.com
Alexis Wren stood as she gathered her stuff to leave then headed toward the door to make her exit. Her first meeting of the year for the Outdoor Adventure Club was a success. Wren, a senior chemistry major at Georgia Regents University, found an interest in outdoor activities last year and started the Outdoor Adventure Club to meet more people on campus who have common hobbies. “It’s really hard to find people to do outdoor stuff,” Wren said. “I don’t know a whole lot of people on campus, and the people I do know are mostly science majors and they’re really busy. So I really just wanted to meet more people on campus with similar interests.” The club intends to plan hiking, kayaking, biking and camping trips as well as bring in guest speakers to educate
members on topics such as mountain biking, backpacking and rock climbing. Wren started this new student organization alone and held an interest meeting Sept. 27 in the hope of reaching out to students to join the club. Clair Reed, a junior nursing major, attended the first meeting because she saw a flyer for it and had been searching for a club like the Outdoor Adventure Club. “It’s awesome!” Reed said. “I’m glad they finally have something like this on campus. It’s a good way to meet new people on campus. It’s hard to find people with the same interests. This is going to be a great outlet to get people connected that have the same interests.” Any student can become part of this organization, Wren said. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Georgia Regents faculty and staff. She said only members are allowed to attend meetings, events or ac-
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Story of my life: Loving losing teams
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The Jaguars’ outside hitter, Kristen Koch, jumps up to spike the ball during the Oct. 9 game against USC Aiken at the Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Koch brings offense
By Ashley Trawick news editor The GRU Augusta women’s volleyball team has a player who is willing to give her all during a game and then some. Kristen Koch, a junior outside hitter, attended and played volleyball at Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla., before being recruited by GRU Augusta in 2011. The 6-foot player and cocaptain of the team said she was introduced to the world of volleyball by seeing her older sister play while growing up. “I kind of got exposed to it early,” Koch said. “So when (my sister) started playing, I would just be in the gym just watching her just shagging balls. So then I started playing finally when I (got) in the sixth grade so I’ve just been playing on travel and school teams since then.” As a freshman at GRU, Koch was one of the top attackers on the team. She played in 127 sets over 34 matches, completed the season with 261 kills and tied for team high with 32 service
aces, according to the Jaguars’ Athletics website. During her sophomore year, Koch ranked second on the team with 337 total kills, according to the Jaguars’ athletics website. Her season high was 28 kills against Armstrong at the Christenberry Fieldhouse. Sharon Bonaventure, the head coach of the women’s volleyball team, said Koch was recruited to come and play front row, but over the last couple of years, she’s worked hard to establish her back-row defense and her serving. “(Koch) has a lot of potential,” she said. “She’s very athletic (and) she’s very strong. When she gets a harness or a handle on that, she’s unstoppable. She went from a front-row player to a sixrotation player.” Bonaventure said Koch sometimes has the tendency of getting beyond herself a little when there’s a lot going on. “She gets ahead of herself where she’s trying to make up for so many other positions that she tries to do too much,” she said. “When she stays with herself and
Getting to know Kristen Koch •
Favorite movies - the Harry Potter series
Favorite restaurant - Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Favorite TV show - Gossip Girl
Favorite store - White House I Black Market
Favorite vacation place - “Home” in Niceville, Fla.
If she wasn’t a volleyball player - she would be a student at University of Florida and part of Alpha Delta Pi sorority
After graduation - she will graduate from the Georgia Regents University nursing program and become a nurse practicioner
then she plays her game, she (kills) it. I keep her on the floor in every rotation. She has a nice, short slow serve, and she’s very strong defensively.” Bonaventure also said she’s seen a lot of growth since Koch’s freshman year. “I think it goes back to (when) she was just a front row-player because she didn’t have much back-row game,” she said. “She was just inconsistent. She’s done a lot of work over the summer and over the last three years. By having other teammates she was able to watch and learn, and she’s a captain, so leadership skills are there.” Maggie Darling, a junior pre-biology major and team-
mate of Koch, said Koch definitely takes the leading role, whereas the other captain, Jenna Keeler, is more positive and encouraging. Bonaventure wants faculty, staff, students and Augusta, Ga., community members to know that, in order to continue to support Koch, team support is also needed. “Don’t look at record,” she said. “Record does not tell the whole story. We are a much better team. We are a much different team, and it should be interesting as this second round of conference play begins. Students should come and take a peek and watch.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Love hurts, and loving a losing football team is no exception. So far this season, both the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Bulldogs have had mediocre performances, adding a layer of dull pain to the heartbreak I experienced at the end of last year’s hugely successful seasons, both marred by devastating losses. Atlanta went 13-3 in regular season play. They beat the Seahawks in the second round of the playoffs, only to lose 24-28 against the 49ers in the NFC Championship. Georgia’s 2012 overall record was 12-2, losing to Alabama in the SEC championship. The popular consensus among most fans of the SEC was that the true national championship game was played between Georgia and Bama, since Notre Dame was a joke of a competitor. Sadly both the Falcons and the Bulldogs have shown their fans a disappointing start to what should have been a promising season. Georgia is currently 4-3, with the most recent loss against Vanderbilt Saturday. Despite an overall winning record, the losses against Clemson and Missouri do not bode well for the rest of the season, especially considering Missouri’s new ranking as the frontrunner for the SEC East. And then there’s the Falcons’ miserable record of 2-4. You would think this would be enough to make me give up cheering on the Dirty Birds week after week. But despite the embarrassment of sitting in the Georgia Dome with black lines painted on my face as I chanted “Rise Up,” only to watch as the New York Jets of all teams dominated us, I remain loyal to my team. Win or lose, my love for my teams isn’t going anywhere. My fellow Georgia fans and I take pride in our bleeding red and black in victory or defeat. And the same goes for my feelings on the Falcons, who happily did get their second win of the season Sunday against Tampa Bay. I’m even wearing my Matt Ryan hoodie as I write this. email@example.com
A runner’s course from Zimbabwe to America By Richard Adams staff writer
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Athletic Tranier Lisa Cummins works with Jags’ senior forward KJ Sherrill.
New club for those with a taste for adventure debuts By Brittany Hatcher correspondent
The sideline report
tivities. To be a member, you must pay a fee of $15 by Thursday. The fee will cover food at meetings and possibly a souvenir. Wren said the goal is to use as much of the member dues as she can to cover expenses, but some activities may require extra money. Participating in activities is not mandatory, so if a member can’t afford to rent a kayak, for example, it is OK. To make it more affordable for members to participate as much as possible, discount plans have been set up with most of the outdoor stores, like Escape Outdoors and others located in Augusta, Ga., and Evans, Ga., Wren said. Once dues are paid, members will be issued a membership card to present at these stores, Wren said. For example, kayak rentals would be discounted to $15, as opposed to the usual prices ranging from $30 to $50. Deals such as 10 percent discounts storewide, free bike
loans and more will also be offered. “I’m really excited about all the support we have gotten from local businesses,” Wren said. There will be about four to five meetings a semester, and they are not mandatory but attendance is encouraged, she said. Wren said the meetings are a good way to get together over free food, plan events and get to know one another. She said she hopes to have about four to five planned events per semester or more. Junior biology major Clint Kuglar also came to the interest meeting. Kuglar said, since it’s the first meeting, the club is still trying to figure everything out, but he is excited everyone wants to help out and looks forward to the trips with everyone. “I feel like it’s easier to meet people through a club,” Kuglar said. “So it’s kind of cool and exciting.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Pardon Ndhlovu sees winning as a responsibility. Because of this outlook, Ndhlovu, the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s crosscountry teams, said he wants to one day give something back to his home country of Zimbabwe. Middle school- and high school-aged boys and girls in Zimbabwe run track barefoot every day, and Ndhlovu said he would like to see those students have shoes to run in. “I ran without shoes, and I know that there’s a lot of kids that could use donated shoes pretty well if they are given the opportunity and if the resources are provided,” Ndhlovu said. Ndhlovu is one of the best young runners in the nation, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association; in 2013, he held the 17th fastest collegiate time for running the 10,000-meter race. “I started running seriously when I was 13,” Ndhlovu said. “My dad had a friend who coached the Zimbabwe Republic police team because my dad
is a police officer. And we lived in a camp, a police camp where the government houses (were), and they had a sports team. His friend was like, ‘Hey, can your kid (come try out for) running?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, why not?’” Ndhlovu said he began to find competing and winning, especially winning, enjoyable. He said others quickly acknowledged the specifics of his talent: a combination of ability, natural competitiveness and sheer enjoyment of the sport. “The high school that I went to, (especially) the principal of the school, they gave me whatever I needed to go train with the other guys that were good from other teams so that I could be good,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to go travel to other countries, to the Southern Championships (in Botswana). The school did that.” When Ndhlovu graduated from high school in 2007, he said he already had a specific goal he had been working toward since 2004: He planned to use running to get to the United States and utilize the educational and training resources available there. The process of arriving to
the U.S. was a long one, though. While waiting for acceptance
The high school that I went to, the principal of the school, they gave me whatever I needed to go train. -- Pardon Ndhlovu, the assistant coach for cross-country
into the U.S., Ndhlovu said he interned at World Wide Scholarships, an organization that specializes in international sports recruiting. Two years after beginning his search for a university in the United States, Ndhlovu said he was accepted to UNC Pembroke in 2009. During Ndhlovu’s time at UNC Pembroke, GRU Augusta cross-country Head Coach Adam Ward said he became aware of Ndhlovu as a competitor almost immediately, since GRU and UNC Pembroke are both in the Peach Belt Conference. “It’s kind of hard to miss a guy that runs that well,” Ward said. “He’s been a stand-out runner every year he’s been there. I mean, he’s made an All-American team every year
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Cross-country Assitant Coach Pardon Ndhlovu sets the pace at practices.
in either cross-country or track, some years both.” When it came time to find a graduate school where he could pursue his MBA, Ndhlovu said he found himself turning to his competitors at GRU. “They’re in our conference, so I knew them since 2009,” Ndhlovu said. “I raced most of their guys and, most of them, we became friends anyways. I became friends with Dustin (Ross) and Jaiden (Brandt) when we were racing each other.” Ross, now a senior at GRU, said respect had a lot to do with
the friendship he and fellow teammate Brandt developed with Ndhlovu during their years of competition. “For the actual event or race he always would be focused, determined, all about what he had to get done, but after he won, because he won pretty much all the time, he didn’t rub it in anybody’s face,” Ross said. “He was the kind of guy you wanted to win. I mean, you cheered him even though he was a competitor.” email@example.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
Students eager for basketball By Maggie Smith staff writer
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Group 1 competes in the first event of the Beer Olympics at Surrey Tavern, which benefitted the Augusta Furies Rugby Club, Saturday.
Drinking for funds By Nikki Skinner production assistant Fans and friends piled into Surrey Tavern for the first Beer Olympics Saturday. The Augusta Furies women’s rugby team held its first Beer Olympics tournament as a fundraiser for the team, players said. “Women’s rugby is very underground, grassroots still, especially here in the Southeast,” Furies President Ruby Munoz said. “Tournament fees and just field maintenance is very expensive.” To help cover the cost, the Furies decided to hold a fundraiser. They wanted it to be something different, something they had never done before and something everyone wasn’t used to doing. With the help of their sponsor, Joe’s Underground Café, they came up with the idea of Beer Olympics. “I liked the idea of Beery Olympics,” Munoz said. “It combined different events and makes things more challenging.” Originally, the idea was to hold the event at Joe’s Underground, though due to unforeseen circumstances the event had to be moved at the last minute. No worries, though, because the team got the word out and was able to find a back up venue with
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Flemming Keffe, one of Zeus’s Bitches, finishes up the third round for her team, putting them in the lead of the competition.
Surrey Tavern. The change of venues did not hinder people from coming out and showing their support.
We are around each other all the time, but the goal is to have more outreach in the community. --Ruby Munoz, the president of the Augusta Furies
The day of the event, 14 teams came out to compete. Each team was made up of four members. Another goal for this event was to help get the word out about women’s rugby. The teammates were asked to get teams together that didn’t consist of other players.
“We are around each other all the time, but the goal is to have more outreach in the community,” Munoz said. The teams were encouraged to be creative and come up with themes and even dress up. They just wanted people to come out and have a good time. There was a wide variety of themes from comic book heroes to historical characters. A team of girls dressed up in black togas called themselves Zeus’s Bitches. The event had many qualities mirroring the actual Olympics, even down to the opening ceremony, to get everyone in the spirit. It consisted of five main events: boat race, flip-cup,
beer pong, red Solo stack and quarters. Besides bragging rights, winners received Gift certificates to places like PF Chang’s and Nacho Mamma’s and various other prizes. Everyone crowded out on the back deck. There was barely enough standing room. They were then divided up into two groups of seven. After announcing the rules and regulations, the first event, Boat races, began. This was a game that is very popular among rugby teams. “Boat race is very popular in the rugby community,” Munoz said. “It is really the only place I have ever seen it done.” The first group of teams formed their rows to begin the event. Once their cups were filled the event began. The team Zeus’s Bitches swept that round putting them in the lead. As the events progressed, Zeus’s Bitches held strong. By the end of the day, all of their drinking skills paid off, and they walked away with bragging rights as winners of the first Beer Olympics. The teammates said they are hoping they have brought a big enough following to make the Beer Olympics an annual event in the community in the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
The women’s and men’s basketball season is kicking off in a different way this year by changing up a past event with new introductions. The GRU Augusta Athletics Department and the Rosewood Club will be hosting a pep-rally event called Jaguar Madness Thursday. The event will be held at the Christenberry Fieldhouse and will introduce the 2013-14 season for both Jaguar basketball teams, according to a press release. The event will consist of player introductions, a three-point contest and many giveaways, according to the press release. Although events like this have been held in the past, Assistant Media Relations Director Taylor Lamb said this event is going to be different than before. “The idea of Jaguar Madness was based off of an event we’ve had called Midnight Madness,” Lamb said. “However, Jaguar Madness came from resurrecting the idea with the new school name and creating a different and more exciting event.” One of the biggest changes to the event will be the reveal of the teams’ new jerseys. After introductions, the players will be revealed in the jerseys for the first time. “This reveal will help hype up the basketball team and season,” Lamb said. “The new jerseys will be a fresh new start to our season.” The event will begin at 7 p.m.; however, doors will open at 6:30. Admission is free, and it is open to the public. Season tickets will be available for sale along with reserved seating. email@example.com
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The new GRU Augusta basketball uniforms will be revealed for the first time at the Jaguar Madness event.
Coach Bryant receives basketball glory By Meredith Day staff writer Clint Bryant, the director of Athletics at GRU Augusta, was recently inducted into his alma mater’s Athletics Hall of Fame at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. Bryant was one of two men selected this year to join the hall of fame, and he was invited to attend the ceremony Oct. 5 during Belmont Abbey’s homecoming weekend, he said. Chris Poore, the sports information director at Belmont Abbey, said people are chosen every other year for different reasons to enter the hall of fame. He said Bryant was selected for his years of dedication to athletics as a coach and as a basketball player at the school. Bryant played basketball for Belmont Abbey in the ‘70s
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Director of Athletics Clint Bryant received a plaque during the indcution into his alma mater’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
and recalls his time there fondly. He said it was his first time away from home, and it was a fun and exciting time for him. “I was a student who was from Washington, D.C., who
went to Belmont Abbey to play basketball but also ran crosscountry (because) that was a part of our fall workout,” Bryant said. “I remember going to a cross-country meet and us get-
ting there and all of these people had on these shorts and nice running shoes, and we were all just basketball players. It was kind of funny.” Bryant said during his time
at Belmont Abbey his head coach, Bobby Hussy, inspired him to become a coach himself. After graduating, Bryant said he went on to coach for Clemson from 1977-84 and Miami (FL) from 1984-88. Then he came to GRU Augusta, which was at the time called Augusta College, where he has worked for the past 25 years. Bryant coached the men’s basketball team for nine years before he became the director of Athletics. Joey Warren, the athletics media relations director for GRU Augusta, described Bryant as a caring, hardworking individual. “He cares about his people, as a boss, (and) he cares about his employees,” Warren said. “He does anything in his power to go to bat for you any way he can.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Nov 20, 2013