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Abrams v. Kemp: The race continues

ASHLEY JONES Jones is a senior journalism major from Augusta, Georgia.

The 2018 midterm elections has been one of the most watched and followed governor elections. Many people have went as far as to compare the gubernatorial race to that of the 2016 Presidential Election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As soon as polls closed yesterday at 7 p.m., students were assigned to follow the election. Though I had no academic obligations to keep up with race, I couldn’t turn myself away from the results of each district. I constantly refreshed my Twitter feed and stayed tuned into Stacey Abrams’ live watch party on Facebook. Most readers already know the results of the election, but before I get into my thoughts on its outcome, I wanted to first get into the some logistics of the race.

THE NITTY GRITTY First off, this political race, despite its turnout, will go down in history. There has

been so much talk about how this election is much like the 2016 presidential election. So many people that I know were pushing for Stacey Abrams and not just for her, but for the change she could potentially bring to the state of Georgia, and change is what our country is longing for. Prestigious names such as Oprah Winfrey, and our former President Barack Obama, campaigned for Abrams and showed their support for Georgia’s first black female gubernatorial candidate. On the Republican side of things, our current idiotic president, Donald Trump, showed his support for Abrams’ opponent, Brian Kemp, by holding a rally for the candidate. Kemp actually skipped a debate with Abrams to attend the rally.

KEMP’S LACK OF RESPECT Kemp’s actions throughout the midterm race have showed a lack of respect to his opponent. Kemp went as far as to accuse Abrams of supporting illegals to vote. Abrams has had to clarify recent statements that she’s made about individuals voting because of Kemp’s accusations. It seems that Kemp was trying to do the exact opposite of what Abrams was trying to push as far as access to voting. Abrams has touched on her want to end the “exact match” qualifications which states that a voters’ registration ballot must exactly match what’s on his or her driver’s license. Something as simple as a comma could hinder an individual’s right to vote. Georgia voters in Atlanta waited in

line for hours to cast their votes due to a lack of voting machines being delivered to the polls. Apparently, only three machines were delivered to the Pittman Park Recreation Center, a designated voting precinct in Fulton County. How convenient that Fulton County covers part of the downtown Atlanta-Metro area. Atlanta voters had to wait an estimated three hours in line just to cast their ballots.

THE RESULTS As of Wednesday morning, the race for the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial elections has yet to come to an end. Just 15 percent into reporting on last night’s race, Kemp was taking a major lead and Abrams was lagging behind. Finally, once we hit 30 percent into reporting, Abrams was quickly catching up to Kemp. I remember at one point, I didn’t think it would be possible for Abrams to make a comeback and I thought that Kemp really took the victory. I felt so enraged, why are we not ready for this change, how could anybody feel comfortable with the state that Georgia is currently in? So far, according to the polls, there are more Georgians that would rather keep things the way they are now. Abrams has yet to concede to Kemp. The two candidates are somewhat neck and neck with Abrams at 48.6 percent of the vote and Kemp at 50.6 percent. We’re still awaiting the absentee ballots which will conclude the race.

WHY AREN’T WE MORE ANGRY? DYLAN CHAPMAN Chapman is a junior engineering major from St. Marys, Georgia.

I’m going to start this bad boy out with a quote from just a regular Twitter user that I liked, “We’re literally going to die because of civility. We’re expected to politely ask our politicians to pass climate change policy, and if they say no we have to respect them and wait 2-4 years to vote. Let’s rethink this y’all.” -@_nemo95 Now, if you’re anything like me, that tweet was a little sobering. I’m sure anyone reading this has heard by now of the climate report by the UNITED NATIONS. This wasn’t a climate report by some fringe eco-group. No, this was a legitimate climate report by the United Nations. Not only that, but in opposition to calling that report alarmist, a lot of scientists are calling it straight up “optimistic.” If you haven’t heard about it yet, then I’ll give you the short and skinny from a news source that you can’t write off as spouting “liberal propaganda”: Fox News. A quote from Fox News’ article on the subject: “Earth is on track to face devastating consequences of climate change extreme drought, food shortages and deadly flooding - unless there’s an ‘unprecedented’ effort made to reduce greenhouse gas

emissions by 2030, a new United Nations report warns.” So what’s going on? I mean between the oncoming terror that is climate change, the US’ continual assistance in Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen (have y’all even HEARD about Yemen? Google it), and our generation’s literal INABILITY to afford decent healthcare why aren’t we more pissed off? On top of that, can any of you really say with confidence that you expect our current government to do ANYTHING about that climate change report? Can y’all expect them to change ANYTHING? I doubt you can, and that’s because they’ve given us NO REASON TO BE CONFIDENT IN THEM. Excuse me, you can expect them to do SOMETHING, peep that leaked memo to the Fish and Wildlife Service from the Justice Department advising them to be less transparent about how they decide when an animal is endangered, just nothing good. Why aren’t we more angry? I know where you’re coming from though, Georgia Southern. Look, I know you wanted a change, I know you want every day for something better in place of the broken system you have, and I know that you are, deep down, angry as hell. So why aren’t you showing it? In the 1960s there was a crisis among young men and women. They were being forced to fight in a war they didn’t believe in. That same

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decade brought to the forefront an arguably even more important crisis that’s been with us for much longer: the lawful discrimination of men and women under biased laws from a biased government. Our grandparents and great grandparents found their solution, their voices, in protest. Now I don’t know if y’all know this, but college campuses (the bastions of educated young men and women) played a HUGE part in those two movements. Don’t these crises warrant similar attention? It’s not like that era ended and then all of our problems went with it. Seriously, where is YOUR passion? I mean I saw plenty of people holding Tyson Summers’ accountable. I’ve seen us try to hold people who use derogatory terms accountable (shout out to the NAACP on that one). So, where the hell are y’all when it comes to holding your elected officials accountable? The most notable thing to come out of our state legislature this year was Jason Spencer’s bare a** being thrust at Sacha Baron Cohen on NATIONAL TELEVISION. Can you name a single important thing (hands free doesn’t count) that our state government did this year? I really want to think that, with this recent info that our united cause can be climate change. I mean it’s OUR CLIMATE. It affects all of us. But maybe you’re a climate change denier, and if that’s the case I’m gonna give you

the quickest rebuttal I can think of: Go to the bio department staff page, print it out, throw a dart at it and whoever’s name it lands on, send them an email. If after hearing their opinions you still don’t believe in climate change, then please take any degree you have from this institution or go print out a paper of all the credits you’ve attained thus far and just burn them. Burn any association with Georgia Southern. Because you obviously put no value into the academic integrity of this university. I’m not asking for “mobs.” I’m asking for action. Our grandparents did it (sorry mom and dad y’all’s generation didn’t do much of anything), why can’t we? I started with a quote so I’ll finish with one. This is a quote from Professor Howard Zinn: “There is a power that can be created out of pent-up indignation, courage and the inspiration of a common cause, and that if enough people put their minds and bodies into that cause, they can win. It is a phenomenon recorded again and again in the history of popular movements against injustice all over the world.” ~Howard Zinn. p.s., If y’all want any more reasons to be angry, want citations for anything, or want to prove a point to me that you can back up with facts then hit me up at this email: whyarentwemoreangry@gmail. com.

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Student Government Association passes diversity and inclusion resolution BY RACHEL ADAMS The George-Anne staff

The diversity and inclusion resolution proposed by a Student Government Association senator was passed Nov. 3. According to a previous George-Anne article, KeyShawn Housey, SGA senator-at-large, introduced a proposal to promote and improve discussion regarding diversity and inclusion at the solidarity walk on Oct. 19. Housey later held a listening session on Oct. 22 to discuss and answer questions about the resolution. The resolution reads: “The Georgia Southern University Student Government Association supports the implementation of an ethnicity and diversity training curriculum and providing students and staff the platform to speak their grievances regarding race, diversity and inclusion.” Housey said in an email that as of Nov. 3, the resolution was passed by SGA as university legislation and that all its contents have now been put into effect University-wide. “I have been notified that members of the administration have read the legislation and

are beginning to work on their role in its implementation,” Housey said. “I expect that myself and President Steele will work closely with them throughout the process.” The SGA will also have a large role in the implementation of the resolution over the coming period. “Expect more discourse on diversity and race to come from the SGA office,” Housey said. “As such, I want to remind the students of both campuses that anyone is allowed to join in on our conversations within the office. Furthermore, within the coming weeks, SGA Senators on both campuses will begin work and complete the training to become certified Diversity Peer Educators under the Office of Multicultural Affairs.” Housey’s plans include adding a new course into the core curriculum that focuses on diversity and inclusion. Students will also have a chance to be involved in the upcoming changes by providing their feedback and opinions. The President’s Cabinet, Presidential Diversity Advisory Council and the SGA must provide a report on the progress of race relations at GS, which will be completed based on feedback from students and faculty.

“That report will explain where we have grown as a university regarding diversity and inclusion and where we have regressed as a university,” Housey said. “That report cannot be done without the input of not just students but faculty and staff at every sector university-wide giving their 100 percent honest feedback on the matter. This is the opportunity where everyone can air out there [sic] grievances on race relations, diversity and inclusion with impunity.”

The Holiday Helper Tree kicks off its 25th anniversary BY NOELLE WALKER The George-Anne contributor

The Holiday Helper Tree kicked off its 25th anniversary of helping people in the community receive a gift during the holiday season in the Russell Union Commons Nov. 1 The Holiday Helper Tree is an annual event hosted by the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement to help students, faculty and staff connect with the local community during the holidays, Jordan Wilburn, community engagement coordinator, said. Wilburn recalled that almost all 800 tags on the tree were filled last year, and she expects the amount to be around the same number this year. The tags represent people in the community who are in need of a gift. There are 17 local non-profit organizations participating in the event, including Westwood Nursing Center, Children’s Medical Services and Statesboro Head Start. “We ask them to send us names of individuals who might need some kind of extra encouragement during the holiday season and what kind of gift they might need or want,” Wilburn said.

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To celebrate the silver anniversary, the tree has golden tags that have specific volunteering activities students can participate in any time of the year, Wilburn said. “I think it’s important because it teaches our students not only what they need for their degrees here at Georgia Southern,” Eileen Smith, creator and co-founder of the Holiday Helper Tree, said. “But it teaches them life lessons about giving and helping others, and gives them a hands-on means to participate in those situations.” When the program was created in the fall of 1994, there were not a lot of programs that catered to the needy during the holiday season, Smith said. “We were kind of pacesetters with that,” Smith said. “We want to hear that this is passed on from generation to generation and that it has become a true Georgia Southern tradition,” Smith told everyone at the kickoff. At the kickoff, the tree was lit and 15 children from Statesboro Head Start sang and danced to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a version of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Tags are available from Nov. 1 to Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Russell Union stage.

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Kemp leading but Abrams hints at not conceding BY MATTHEW ENFINGER The George-Anne staff

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp held a tight lead over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams Tuesday night, but Abrams has hinted at a possible runoff between the two candidates. According to results published by the Associated Press, out of the 3,886,414 reported votes, Kemp received 50.5 percent, Abrams received 48.6 percent and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz finished with 0.9 percent. Despite the 75,386 vote margin behind Kemp, Abrams hinted at not conceding to the results Wednesday morning. “If I wasn’t your first choice, or if you made no choice at all, you’re going to have a chance to do a doover,” Abrams said. USA Today reported that Abrams’ campaign said they were waiting for

tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. In an article by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp said he is “confident” that he will win. “There are votes left to be counted, but we have a very strong lead,” Kemp said. “And folks, make no mistake: The math is on our side to win this election.” The George-Anne will update this article as additional news becomes available.

Rick Allen wins 12th district

Incumbent Rick Allen defeated Democratic candidate Francys Johnson for the U.S. House seat for the 12th congressional district. According to politico.com, out of 249,077 votes, Allen received 59.5 percent while Johnson received 40.5 percent. Johnson finished with a 47,107 vote margin above Johnson. Both candidates took to Twitter to respond to the outcome of the race.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks in front of Anderson’s General Store on Nov. 2. Kemp holds 75,386 lead over opponent Stacey Abrams however, Abrams has not conceded.

BY MATTHEW ENFINGER The George-Anne staff

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office plans to certify the final results of the gubernatorial election no later than Nov. 14. According to a press release by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Clarke, Fulton, Hall and Gwinnett counties have completed tabulation of their absentee ballots. Less than 3,000 non-provisional votes remain state wide, according to the press release. County officials have reported less than 22,000

provisional ballots cast state wide. Counties have until Friday to verify provisional ballots and until Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. to certify their results. Current standings of candidates The Associated Press reports 3,919,761 votes were reported. Republican Brian Kemp still leads with 50.3 percent of the vote, while Stacey Abrams received 48.7 percent and Libertarian Ted Metz received 0.9 percent.

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WALKING OUT Students issue open letter to Georgia Southern president in response to usage of N-word on campus

BY MATTHEW ENFINGER The George-Anne staff

Georgia Southern University students walked out of their classes on Nov. 1 to participate in a protest sit-in at the Carroll Building Atrium. The students later marched to the president’s office at the Marvin-Pittman Building to deliver an open letter of demands to President Shelley Nickel. The march was co-organized by students Zachary Payne, Joshua Ahiakwo and Tyler Hicks, in response to the usage of the N-word in the “triggerish” incident over the summer and the recent allegations against professors Karen McCurdy and Rebecca Kennerly.

Sit-in at Carroll Students began filing into the Atrium around 11:11 a.m. GS faculty members had set up a stage and led discussions pertaining to bias and race. Baker Rogers, sociology professor, brought her “Human Behavior” and “Introduction to Social Services” classes to the assembly. “I felt it was very important that we come and support this,” Rogers said. “I teach from a social work perspective and one of the values of social work is fighting for social justice and institutional change.” Sarah Rogers, criminal justice professor and guest speaker, recently compiled research on

The crowd of protesters left the Carroll Building Atrium and walked down the pedestrium, past the Rotunda and through Sweetheart Circle, ending on the steps of the Marvin-Pittman Building. The protesters chanted “Different people, same problem,” and “Love, not hate, will make America great.” While on the steps of MarvinPittman, Ahiakwo read from an open letter that would be given to Interim President Shelley Nickel. The open letter contained several demands, including a call for McCurdy and Kennerly to issue a public apology for promoting hate. Other speakers include Student Government Association Senator KeyShawn Housey, Gay-Straight Alliance

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March co-organizers Zachary Payne, Joshua Ahiakwo and Tyler Hicks stand on the steps of the Marvin- Pittman Building.

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police brutality and rises in crime among people of color, which she presented at the assembly. Rogers’ research mainly consists of statistics of the police’s unequal treatment of people of color and the LGBT+ community. Saba Jallow, political science professor and guest speaker, discussed how, in a racist society, people may be “treated silently.” “We need to take the time to talk to each other and sometimes we don’t take the time,” Jallow said.

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Students sit on the steps of the Marvin-Pittman Building while the march organizers meet with Nickel, Lewis and the university’s lawyer. President Ashley Strickland and Elisabeth Malloy, junior political science major.

Meeting with Nickel After speaking on the steps of Marvin-Pittman, Payne, Ahiakwo and Hicks met with Nickel, vice president of student affairs Georj Lewis and the university’s lawyer. Payne said, after leaving the president’s office, he felt optimistic about the conversation. “They seemed to show genuine care and understanding for the GS family and like they were trying to truly help us create change on our campus,” Payne said. “The next steps for us is to continue the conversation we started, not just with the president but between faculty, staff and students. Continue to work on open, honest communication between everyone.” Of the 12 demands made in the open letter, Ahiakwo said the conversation only covered nine due to time constraints. Ahiakwo said there will be further conversations with the university to continue the dialogue on accomplishing the demands listed in the letter. “All they have done is agree to do the work,” Ahiakwo said. “All they have done is to agree to try to brainstorm ideas with

us because they said they don’t know how to do these things and they need students to tell them.” Although there is not a set date for the next meeting, Ahiakwo said he sees the meeting taking place sometime in November. Nickel sent an email to the GS community Thursday evening in response to the protest, march and open letter.

Nickel said in the email: “Today I met with a group of students who held a peaceful march on the Statesboro Campus. I continue to be impressed with the student leaders and how they are approaching tense situations with maturity and conviction. We had a meaningful and productive conversation. I heard their concerns and they heard that the University is taking their concerns seriously. We are a university that respects all people and values diversity and inclusion. As we work through these challenging situations together, it’s crucial we maintain a respectful posture and listen. Today was a positive step forward and we will continue the dialogue.”

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A corner of Southern Director Mical Whitaker brings "The Amen Corner" back to Georgia Southern's theatre BY SHIANN SIVELL The George-Anne staff

A pious church elder. A fretful mother with a damaged heart. An absentee father with blood on his lips and lost love in his soul. These characters are only a few that make up the intense cast of playwright James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," a three-act play that has a special place in Georgia Southern University's heart and history. "The Amen Corner" follows the story of Margaret Alexander, a single mother and pastor who must re-evaluate the role of religion and family as her son stands on the brink of manhood and begins to choose his own path. Such themes as hypocrisy in the Christian religion and generational disagreements will be explored throughout the story. Through these themes, the play demonstrates how such issues are still as prominent today as they were when the play was written in the 1950s.

Integrating Southern Theatre director and former professor Mical Whitaker returned to direct the play despite being retired from the theatre profession. Whitaker was hired by GS in 1981 as the theatre program's first African-American instructor. His first production was a light musical piece. "It was understood when I was

hired that I would do a black theatre piece," Whitaker said. "I and the faculty decided that I didn't want my first play to be black. I didn't want to get pigeonholed." Whitaker went on to direct "The Amen Corner" in 1982 as the campus's first all-black cast production and the play served as a major step in the school's integration process, Whitaker said.

James Baldwin, the writer Whitaker has directed several productions of "The Amen Corner" around the country, two of which Baldwin himself saw. "[Baldwin] went to my show in New York and in Chicago," Whitaker said. "I was very blessed." The play's themes of church and belonging mirrors Baldwin's life and experiences with church. "James Baldwin was a child preacher, a prodigy," Whitaker said. "Then he left church totally and became a writer." According to Baldwin's essay "Letter from a Region in My Mind," he left the ministry due to his growing passion for writing and dissatisfaction with the ministry, which he began to view as hypocritical and racist. Whitaker said one aspect that he loved of Baldwin's work was his ability to love himself and mankind despite its flaws. "[Baldwin] loved being black, he's absolutely in love with it," Whitaker said. "He gets angry about it because there's so many disappointments in [his] brotherhood. At the same time, it

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A full view of “The Amen Corner” set. Despite taking place in the 1950s, the overall themes regarding racism and generational differences are still reflected in today’s society.

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has this wonderful sense of 'africanical' love. It's this love of your own people despite their faults."

From the pages to the stage Peyton Rowe, senior political science major, will play the character of Sister Moore, one of the pious elders of the church who acts as a major antagonist. Rowe describes Sister Moore as someone who is proud to never have been married or given in to the advances of a man. "She has saved herself for God," Rowe said. "She becomes jealous of [Margaret] because she is a woman who has had kids, married and separated, but she gets to be the preacher in the lead of this church." A major aspect of Rowe's character is her generational differences with the starring character, Margaret Alexander. Margaret will be played by Deja Holmes, senior theatre major, who had to develop a maternal mindset for her role. "There were a lot of rehearsals, a lot of work with Mical," Holmes said. "There were ensemble building to build those relationships. I have a son [in the play] so I had to work on that a lot to make the relationship seem realistic." Whitaker said that a quote by the character Odessa could sum up the meaning of the play, as well as Baldwin's own views of religion and humanity. "Maybe I don't love the lord like you, but I know something else. I know how men and women can come together and make each other happy, and make each

other sad. If you only knew a little bit about what people go through in the low, black place they find their feet, you would have a meeting here tonight." "The Amen Corner" will run at the Black Box Theatre in the Center for Art and Theatre from Nov. 7 to Nov 14. All weekday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday's show beginning at 2 p.m. There will be no Monday show. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for students, faculty and staff. For ticket reservation, call 912-4785379 or buy tickets online at Georgia Southern University Marketplace.”

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Director Mical Whitaker awaiting the rehearsal of “The Amen Corner.” Whitaker is currently retired from the theater profession but still lends his expertise itocertain productions on campus.

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The church set of “The Amen Corner,” where the theme of hypocrisy in the Christian faith will be the focus of the story.

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Starbucks Hacks BY ROXIE SRIKOULABOUTH The George-Anne Reflector staff

Starbucks is more than a coffee shop. It is a pick-me-up, a casual meet up and a ‘homework grind’ kind of place. However, Starbucks is an expensive obsession to have. With items on the menu costing you around three to seven dollars a drink, it can really add up, especially if you’re going frequently. To save you some cash, here are nine Starbucks hacks. 1. Get the rewards card. It’s very simple, free and super easy to use. You earn points every time you purchase something at Starbucks, and you can be rewarded with free drinks and pastries. You also get a free drink on your birthday. Also, once you’re a gold member, you can get free refills during your visit, so you can enjoy that tall iced coffee for as long as you desire. 2. Know your sizes. Tall is the smallest size advertised, but there is a short size available. You can get one short coffee for around $1.55. 3. Bring your own cup. It might not be very significant, but 10 cents off your drink can add up. It can be whatever cup you want.

4. Don’t neglect the condiments area. You can make your own drinks, and become your own barista. Pro-tip: Instead of ordering a latte, order a triple espresso over ice in a Venti cup because you need room for half and half or milk. After this, go to the condiments area to fill up your coffee with milk This will make an iced latte for a fraction of the cost. If you prefer your lattes hot, you can also order a tall coffee with steamed milk, still cheaper than an actual latte or a tall hot coffee in a grande cup. 5. Never pay full price for two drinks during the same trip, if you don’t have the rewards card. You can get a 50 cent refill of hot coffee, iced coffee, hot tea or iced tea, even if your original drink was not brewed coffee or tea. Feel free to fill up on a Pumpkin Spice Latte and get a 50 cent pick-me-up before you leave. 6. Don’t buy a water bottle. Instead, get a venti water. The ice and water used in Starbucks is triple-filtered. 7. Ask for no water when you order any iced tea. It is not a secret that the tea at Starbucks is half-tea and half-water. Also, you can ask for less or no ice in any drink so the ice doesn’t take up a lot of room in your cup.

8. If you have a sore throat, the “cough drop” is a drink almost all baristas will recognize. It’s made with emperor’s cloud, jade citrus mint, steamed lemonade instead of water and a pack of honey. 9. Ask for a sample. If the store isn’t busy, they will happily let you try something before buying it first. We have

all bought something and it ended up not living up to our expectations before. Order larger sizes, not extra shots. Save yourself some money the next time you treat yourself, and cut the costs when you’re feeding your coffee addiction.

5 tips to help you put your stress to rest

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BY NOELLE WALKER

The George-Anne Reflector staff

Stress seems as if it is a part of our daily routine as we tackle classes, extracurriculars and jobs. Worry and anxiety can make us feel like there’s a huge weight on our shoulders. To help with this, here are a few tips to put that stress to rest.

Get a Planner Trying to keep track of everything you have to do for the day just from memory alone is nearly impossible, especially when you have so many things going on in your life. If you take a few moments and write down in a planner all your assignments and things you have to do over the course of the semester, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble and missed Page designed by Jayda Spencer

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deadlines. Knowing ahead of time what you have to accomplish everyday will be a huge relief.

Clean A lot of people don’t enjoy cleaning, but the outcome has a lot of benefits. “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important,” according to Psychology Today. For many people, the act of cleaning itself can help reduce stress as well. Having a clean living space will give you an environment you enjoy being in. You won’t have to worry about finding objects, tripping over a pile of clothes or having to clear off your desk full of water bottles so you can use it. Something as simple as making your own bed can make you feel better.

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Relax

Exercise

As college students, we seem to be constantly on the go. But taking some time out of your day—or even just your week—for yourself can do a lot for your mind. Whether it’s taking a bubble bath or reading a book, clear your mind of everything you have going on for a while.

Exercising has many great health benefits. “Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol,” according to Harvard Health Publishing. Along with this, your self-confidence will improve as you start to achieve your ideal body. As your waistline shrinks and your strength and stamina increase, your self-image will improve,” according to Harvard Health Publishing. So, whether you decide to relax your mind and body with yoga or channel your inner track star, exercise will affect you in a positive way. When life starts to feel overwhelming or you want to save yourself from future stress, try out one of these tips.

Don’t Procrastinate Procrastination is never a good thing. Working on assignments continuously will save you from pulling an allnighter, where you clutch your coffee and panic as the clock gets closer and closer to your deadline. Know when your assignments are due and plan to do a little bit every day. A planner can help with this.

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Women’s basketball returns to court for first time since triple-overtime loss BY AMANDA ARNOLD

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After a hard working offseason and an influx of fresh faces, the Georgia Southern women’s basketball returns looking to put last year’s 5-25 season behind them. Ending last season in a heartbreaking, triple overtime 88-81 loss against Louisiana in

the first round of the Sun Belt Championships, the Eagles are looking to start things off right. They were projected to finish 10th in the Sun Belt by the 2018-19 Pre-season Poll, where the results were selected by the league’s coaches. With half of the roster being freshmen, the team is relatively young. There are only two returning starters

11-8-18 from last season, Alexis Brown and Nakol Franks, but seven returners overall. With the No. 38 nationally ranked women’s high school basketball player in the country, Jordan Strange, a player from the international New Zealand U17 team in Tsubasa Nisbet, a high school conference champion in Lola Lovitt, and with multiple all state/all region honorees, this freshman class has high expectations for their collegiate careers. The team will look to upperclassmen offensive leaders Alexis Brown and Nakol Franks for guidance. Brown led the team with 9 PPG, and Franks led the team in overall points with 267 last season. These players have a tough schedule ahead of them. The Eagles will not play a conference opponent until Jan. 3, when they will face a strong Texas State. Hopefully, this small gap in the beginning of the season will allow the players to find a rhythm before crucial conference play. Besides battling solid Sun Belt teams, GS will have some big nonconference games, including Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, Mercer University,and

Kennesaw State University. Little Rock, arguably the Eagles’ toughest opponent this season, will play at home with majority of the same players from last season, with three out of five starters returning. In a very close and nail biting game, they defeated Texas State to take home their fourth Sun

Belt Championship title, 5453, last spring. This was their second title in the past four years. They outscored GS 6434 and 92-52 in both meetings. They are projected to finish first by the Sun Belt Pre-season Poll, rallying 8/12 first place votes. Texas State, who finished 23-10 last season, will travel to Hanner Fieldhouse on Jan. 3 to play GS for the first time this season. Toshua Leavitt, averaged 17.8 PPG and lifted the Bobcats to victory for both games against GS last season, 81-56 and 60-51. Appalachian State, GS’ rival, is looking to oust the Eagles once again after a 8756 victory at home last season. They will depend on breakout junior Bayley Plummer, who led the Sun Belt in rebounds, and welcome back Madi Story from a season-ending lower leg injury. Ready to bounce back and make Eagle Nation proud this season, the GS Women’s Basketball team will have its season opener against Wofford University on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF GS ATHLETICS

Senior Alexis Brown averaged nine points per game last season.

Nakol Franks returns for junior season, looking to put last season’s woes behind her BY AMANDA ARNOLD

The George-Anne contributor

Graduating from Wren High School in Greenville, South Carolina with a 4.8 GPA and leading the Georgia Southern women’s basketball team in total points last season, junior Brittany Nakol Franks knows a thing or two about making her mark on and off the court. Coming from an athletic family, Franks grew up with a strong work ethic. With all three of her younger siblings looking up to her, she knows she must be a good example. Her sophomore season, the 5-foot-7 guard went a month -and-half without missing one free throw and accumulated a .912 percentage from the line. “Right now, we’re placed in 10th in the Sun Belt preseason poll, but I think we could definitely finish in the top six,” Franks said. Coming off of a 5-25 overall record and 2-16 in the Sun Belt last season, the Eagles worked hard during the off-season to improve on the offensive side of the ball. “Most of our workouts are based around our offense, so we had individual workouts to find different ways to score better,” Franks said. Page designed by Morgan Carr

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Nakol Franks scored double digits in 11 games last season for Georgia Southern. With no seniors on the roster this year, Franks will have

to step into the leadership position. With 14 starts and

11 games putting up double digits last season, she is more than capable of taking on this responsibility. When she’s not leading the Eagles in total points scored in a season or going 52-57 from the free throw line, she enjoys reading mystery novels, cooking any type of breakfast foods and spending time with her family. “When I think about home, I miss my family the most,” Franks said. With her father formerly playing basketball for University of WisconsinMilwaukee and North Greenville University, he is constantly pushing her to be a better player when training. “It’s fun playing the same position as him because we always joke around about who scores more,” Franks said of her dad. “Growing up, he really emphasized hard work, and I think that’s where my work ethic comes from. We have a very tight relationship.” Though Franks considers herself somewhat of a procrastinator with her academics, she made the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll last season. As an exercise science major, she prefers to be hands-on with her classes

and is aiming toward a career as a strength and conditioning coach. Before choosing GS, Franks finished her high school basketball career with 1,500 points, was appointed to three All-Region teams, was named as the 2013-14 Maxpreps Player of the Year for South Carolina and was appointed to three AllState teams. “I chose Georgia Southern because of the atmosphere. It’s not too big here, which I like, because I’m a smalltown person,” Franks said. “Everyone is super kind and it’s the perfect distance from home.” When asked what advice she would give to any rising female collegiate basketball players, she emphasized dedication and effort. “Come in ready to work. Don’t come in expecting to be a star,” Franks said. “You have to sacrifice a lot of your time, so be ready for that. To help everything to move along smoothly, take advantage of campus resources. When you have to miss class because of traveling, there are people around campus who can help you stay on track.”

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RETURNING FOR SENIOR CAMPAIGN, BROWN READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP RUN BY RYAN PYE

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In perhaps one of the biggest scares of the off-season, Georgia Southern’s star point guard Tookie Brown initially decided to declare for the NBA draft. But after long and careful consideration, he decided to come back for his senior season as an Eagle. Brown said a lot of thought was put into the decision, and even though his experiences in the job market were interesting, he feels he made the right choice. PHOTO COURTESY OF GS ATHLETICS

I get to come back and get my degree, and play with my brothers again.” Tookie Brown

junior point guard Brown made it very clear on what he wants to accomplish during his final go around here in Statesboro. “While I’m at school, I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy it like everyone else,” Brown said. “But my goal for my

senior year is to try and win a Sun Belt Championship.” Brown has had quite the career at GS, from his favorite memory of nailing the buzzer beating shot against ArkansasLittle Rock last season, averaging nearly 18 points per game and being an outspoken team leader both on and off the court. “As a point guard, you’re always gonna have to be a leader and be vocal,” Brown said. And his coach, Mark Byington, recognizes Brown’s athletic abilities and tough mentality day in and day out. He even referred to him as the team’s engine and unquestioned leader. “Coach Byington always

gave me the keys to be a leader,” Brown said. “So I took the job and am just trying to get guys better.” Getting better, both individually and as a team, is in fact all that Brown is worried about. He even goes as far as going “ghost” on social media, where he does not access any of the popular pages until the season comes to an end. When asked about the motives and reasoning behind this, Brown said, “I did it last year as well. I just try and focus on basketball to improve and help my game.” Brown has a history of being doubted. From being called too small to succeed, or being on a team that is deemed the underdog, he simply finds a way to prove everyone wrong. In response to pre-season polls showing the Eagles finishing behind Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette in some cases, in the Sun Belt, Brown responded just as you would anticipate. “We don’t worry about the polls,” Brown said. “All the stuff is gonna show on the court.” Doubted, and yet proven to be one of the league’s best all around players, Brown and the rest of the Eagles set out to overcome the final obstacle left in the senior’s illustrious career, a Sun Belt Championship and birth to the NCAA tournament.

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Glenn looking to continue domination on the boards in senior season BY RYAN PYE

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Bouncing back from injury is no easy task, but Georgia Southern’s Montae Glenn made it clear he’s going to be at full strength when the season rolls around. The senior forward said he has put in a lot of effort and care into getting back to 100 percent in the off-season, and has high hopes for the team in his last campaign as an Eagle. A simple, yet encouraging quote sums up what Glenn wants for his team in 2018-19. “I want to make it the best one I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Glenn said. Since he has been on the squad, the team they’ve come as close as possible, but they’ve not been able to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship. That is something Glenn wants to Page designed by Morgan Carr

change during his final season. Glenn was the team’s leading rebounder last season, but he credits the rest of the team and coaching staff with all of his success on the boards. “We worked hard on boxing out and pursuing the ball,” Glenn said. “I just had a good vision where the ball would land once it hit the rim.” Gathering so many rebounds was crucial to the Eagles’ success last year because the team was vastly undersized compared to many of their opponents. This year, Glenn will have some new, taller guys to help in the rebounding area, but even with the extra help, Glenn doesn’t plan to switch up his gameplay. “I want to keep the same mentality and go out there aggressively and get the ball,”

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Montae Glenn returns for his senior season after a strong junior year.

Glenn said. Even with the key additions to the lineup for the upcoming season, many pre-season polls predict the Eagles to finish, at best, second in the Sun Belt.

Most people would think that rankings like that would anger players and the team, or at least draw some attention, but Glenn says it’s exactly the opposite with the Eagles.

“We don’t even look into that kind of stuff,” Glenn said. “We just go out here and work.” Continuously working hard is what makes Glenn such a crucial part of the Eagles’ roster, and it was worth some time for him to reflect on the memories he has made in three years on campus. He couldn’t single out any one moment he preferred over countless others, so Glenn described his favorite memory as going out, practicing and just having fun with his teammates every day, saying that is what has made his time at GS so great.

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Four things we know about the tenth game of the season against Troy BY KAITLIN SELLS The George-Anne staff

The Eagles are going into their 10th game of the season and their final game at home. Here are four things we know about the upcoming game against Troy:

Both teams are 7-2

The Trojans hold an overall record of 7-2 like the Eagles, but the Trojans are undefeated in the conference being 5-0. Their only two losses are to No. 22 Boise State and Liberty University. Troy has also pulled over wins over teams like ULM, Coastal Carolina and Georgia State. On the other hand, the Eagles will be looking to bounce back after ULM beat them 44-25.

There are 14 seniors on the Eagles’ roster, including big play makers Wesley Fields and Logan Hunt. GS is a 1.5-point favorite Even after their loss to ULM, the Eagles remain in favor for their final home game of the season. The Eagles have yet to lose a game at home with the help of the Power of Paulson and look to continue that undefeated streak. Kickoff is to take place in Paulson Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN3.

The Eagles are 6-11 against the Trojans

First meeting in 1934, Troy has taken most of the wins over GS and currently holds a win streak of one. When the Eagles faced off against Troy last season it was Chad Lunsford’s first game as head coach after the firing of Tyson Summers, and the Eagles fell 38-16 earning their seventh loss of the 2017 season.

It’s senior day for the Eagles

Along with it being the last home game of the regular season, GS will honor their seniors Saturday.

Coming off their second loss of the season, the Eagles return home for senior day against Troy.

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Six players to watch when the Eagles host the Trojans BY BETHANY-GRACE BOWERS

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Coming off of a tough loss to University of LouisianaMonroe, the Georgia Southern Eagles are on to the next work week. The team remains focused on taking things week by week, and the game this week against the Troy Trojans will be no different. Sitting at No. 2 in the Sun Belt, the Eagles still have goals that they plan on attaining, and their momentum will not be stopped. The Eagles are adamant about their ability to get to the ball and grind out another win. With that being said, there are a few players to watch in the upcoming week:

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Kaleb Barker, #7, QB With two interceptions on the season and 1,013 passing yards Barker has made his statement and continues to do so. The junior from Decatur, Alabama has made 10 touchdowns this season and only had two interceptions, making him a

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big part of the Trojans’ offense. There will be plenty to see from him when his arm is up against the GS defense. B.J. Smith, #26, RB The Troy running back has 138 carries on the season and is dynamite on the field. After his last game Saturday, he set a school record with his fifth straight game, with over 100 rushing yards. His ability to run the ball is something to be watched. His total yardage comes to a whopping 860 yards and the numbers keep increasing. One of the highlights of his season has been his long rush to make a 78-yard touchdown. He is planning on making more moves like this, and this week is another opportunity to do so. Damion Willis, #15, WR In his last game, against Louisiana-Lafayette, Willis racked up 213 yards and was ready for the ball anytime the game-clock was running. In that game alone, he managed to have 10 complete catches and performed like his coaching staff expected.

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Wesley Fields, #21, RB The senior running back from Americus, Georgia has made continuous moves this season and has racked up many yards. Putting him at the top of the charts, Fields has 131 carries and total yardage of 647. With another conference game around the corner, Fields looks to add to his conference yardage of 443 for the season. This Saturday is another opportunity for Fields to rack up yardage and maybe even make a rushing touchdown to top his previous one of 47 yards. Chris Harris Jr., #32, LB Harris, a sophomore from Savannah, Georgia, is ready to emerge this Saturday as a part of the strong GS defense. His total tackles on the season come to 28 and he alone has soloed 14 of those. A strong asset to the defensive side of the ball, his ability to get there first and stop a strong offense is evident. The Trojans will have a hard time stopping the agility of Harris.

Davarius Bargnare, #10, SB This slotback from Orlando, Florida got a slower start to the season, but Eagle Nation has seen him emerge in the passing weeks. In his game against ULM, he had a total of 23 receiving yards. He is getting ready to take on the Trojans and, as a freshman, has much potential to shine. A leader since his playing time in high school, as he grows into his position as an Eagles, fans will start to hear his name more and more.

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Reese expects to continue hard-hitting impact on Senior Day BY MCCLAIN BAXLEY The George-Anne staff

Sitting at 7-2 (4-1 in conference), the Eagles can move back into first with a win on Saturday and will rely on the senior leadership that has gotten them there. Senior inside linebacker Tomarcio Reese has been the captain on the defensive side all season long. Like most collegiate football players, Reese played football at a young age. The senior mentioned he had a brief stint in wrestling but did not like it. The linebacker talked about the role football has played in his life.

“Playing football was the third grade,” Reese said. “I’ve just been playing since then.” Reese recorded an interception in the seasonopening game against South Carolina State and has been a stronghold on a defense that struggled mightily in 2017. The senior opened up about the success his unit has been able to have and how the turnaround came about so fast. “Our chemistry is better,” Reese said. “Our coaches have a better scheme for us to let us fly around and have fun and just, we all believe in one another.”

Reese, like many athletes, has his own way of getting mentally focused for the upcoming game, and the linebacker keeps it simple and talks about what he does.

Just say my prayers and listen to music.” Tomarcio Reese

defensive linebacker

Although the team lost to ULM in disappointing fashion, the Eagles still control their own destiny and beat rival Appalachian State, a feat Reese had never experienced. Reese talked about the magnitude of the victory against the archrival from North Carolina. “Oh, big one,” Reese said. “You know, just letting everyone know that we’re still here and we mean business, and we just want to redeem ourselves from last year, really.” When he’s not on the gridiron, Reese loves to spend time outdoors. “Play the game, go fishing

and ride horses,” Reese said, noting that he learned to love riding horses from an uncle who resides in Mississippi. Saturday’s contest will be Senior Day for Reese and the rest of the seniors, but a victory against Troy, as well as wins against Coastal Carolina and Georgia State to close the season, perhaps the biggest game in Paulson Stadium will occur in the form of the inaugural Sun Belt Championship. For now, though, Reese and GS have set their sights on redemption and taking down Troy. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Five takeaways from women’s basketball’s 81-65 loss to Wofford The team was lacking on defense and rebounds

BY AMANDA ARNOLD

The George-Anne contributor

Wofford dominated the Eagles, producing a lead as large as 26 points in the fourth quarter. On several occasions, Wofford players were left unguarded, and three out of the five players in the starting lineup ended in double digit point values over fifteen. For Wofford, Chloe Wanink, remained mostly untouched and closed out the game with 30 points (12-18 FG, 5-7 from the three-point line) while most rebounds were grabbed by Jamari McDavid, who led the game with 12 rebounds. Sarah Moore led GS with six rebounds.

With a young team, the Georgia Southern women’s basketball team started their season by hosting the Wofford Terriers. A quick start from Wofford set the tone for the game, in which GS would never lead in the effort. Here are five takeaways from the season debut:

The team is more effective on offense when they go straight to the hole

Several missed long shots were the downfall of the GS offense this game. In the first quarter, there were several shot attempts from outside of the three-point line. These failed attempts allowed Wofford to build an early 12-0 lead. When GS switched to a more aggressive and direct approach in the second quarter, they lessened the Wofford lead and only trailed 41-33. This change of play shocked the Wofford defense, allowing the Eagles to go on a 10-0 run. According to Head Coach Kip Drown, they went 5-20 from the JAREN STEPHENS/staff three-point line, which is a cause Last year’s scoring leader Nakol Franks gets boxed out by Chloe for concern. Wanink. Wanink led both teams with 30 points.

There was little ball movement by GS, which Wofford took advantage of The Terrier defense figured out GS offense pretty early and put pressure on them in the paint. On offense, there were multiple moments of offensive confusion and Wofford was responsible for eight steals. GS gave up four turnovers in nine possessions in the third quarter.

Brown alone in fighting effort

Alexis Brown was a standout player as expected, but a poor game from last season’s offensive star Nakol Franks left her fighting on her own. Brown was slow to start but ended the game with 14 points, two steals, one assist, and three rebounds. Franks went 2-8 in FG and 1-6 from the three. It is crucial for these two to work together and find a rhythm. Junior Hailey Dias-Allen stepped up to the plate and put up 14 points, one assist and four rebounds.

Eagles started slow and Wofford pounced

The Eagles allowed Wofford to set a rapid pace of the game within the first two minutes, leaving them looking frazzled and unprepared. Besides some spurts in the second quarter by GS, Wofford had control of the game and showed their aggression. GS tried to play catch up the entire game and called seemingly multiple back-to -back timeouts to reset their strategies. Wofford scored 13 points from GS turnovers alone.

Women’s basketball drops first game of season BY KAITLIN SELLS The George-Anne staff

The women’s basketball team started their season off with a 81-65 loss to Wofford at home Tuesday night. The Eagles started the first quarter slow as they missed many of their shots and their possession game showed to be sloppy. Wofford took advantage of that and ran up 12 points in consecutive three pointers to start the game. Page designed by Morgan Carr

The Eagles started to wake up and were able to put 10 points on the board before the end of the first, but Wofford still held a 12-point lead. GS found their momentum in the second quarter and they cut Wofford’s lead close, only trailing by two points as they went on a 10-point streak to make the score 22-20. Wofford responded and ran up 19 points before halftime, leaving the court leading the Eagles 41-33.

The Eagles gave Wofford more room to score as the Terriers were more than happy to take advantage. Wofford was able to increase their lead as the Eagles trailed 4966 heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles fell even further in the first half of the final quarter of the game as Wofford was able to put up a mere 20-point lead. GS continued to fight and cut the deficit, but it wasn’t enough, showing the

result of an 81-65 loss. Wofford showed accuracy when it came to their shooting, especially when it came to three-pointers as they averaged a three-point field goal percentage of 53. “We have to learn to fight through those times when you aren’t shooting very well,” Head Coach Kip Drown said to gseagles. “We shot 5-for20 from three tonight so we weren’t making shots, but you have to keep playing through

that and I didn’t feel like we did that in some spurts.” The Eagles, on the other hand, need some work as their field goal percentage showed at 38. Defensively, GS came out aggressive, but they need to work on their rebounding as they only collected 32 rebounds on the night, while Wofford was able to tally 39. GS will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to play Virginia Tech.

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