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SCOTT BRYANT/staff Kensley Bennett of Waycross waves to family and friends while standing in line with fellow graduates in a packed and newly renovated Paulson Stadium during the 2014 spring commencement ceremony.

Congratulations, grads of 2015! Your go-to guide for Georgia Southern's graduation ceremonies This weekend, Georgia Southern University again will divide its spring commencement into two ceremonies: the first for graduate students on Friday, May 8, and Bucci the second for undergraduate students on Saturday, May 9. Georgia Southern University has selected Judge Dean Bucci of the Superior Court in the Paulding Judicial Circuit, and Pamela McMichael, director of Highlander Research and Education Center, as the speakers for the 2015 spring commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9. McMichael will speak Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse during the commencement ceremony for graduate students. Bucci will address undergraduates as they receive their degrees on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. McMichael first became asso-

ciated with Highlander as a long-time activist and organizer in Louisville, Kentucky. For decades, her organizing and cultural work has focused on McMichael connecting people and issues across difficult divides. She has co-founded local, state and regional organizations with this core strategy, including Southerners on New Ground, where she served as co-director for eight years. McMichael was a national fellow with a Rockefeller Foundation leadership project to address the growing crisis in U.S. democracy, and her extensive nonprofit management experience includes social change and social service organizations. As the first Hispanic Superior Court Judge in Georgia history, Bucci was appointed to succeed Judge James Osborne on Jan. 7,

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GATA’s — Cornhole Tournament, 6 a.m.– 10 p.m.

GSU Hanner Fieldhouse — Graduate commencement ceremony, 1 p.m.



Cornhole — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m. Locos — Trivia, 9 p.m.

GSU Sweetheart Circle — Spring 2015 Lantern Walk, 7 p.m.

Gnat’s Landing — DJ and karaoke, 9 p.m.

Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — High Fire, 6– 9 p.m.

Wild Wing Café — Trivia, 9 p.m.

Wild Wing Café — Trey Teem, 8 p.m.



El Sombrero (Fair Rd.) — Trivia, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Dingus Magees — Those Cats, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Café — Beer pong, 9 p.m. Applebee’s — Live DJ, 9:30 p.m.–close

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Locos — Coty James, 9 p.m.


Splash in the ‘Boro — Family Fun Swim, 10 a.m.

El Jalapeño — Live DJ and karaoke, 8–11 p.m.

Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center — Studio South Dance Recitals: "Solo Showcase" at 2 p.m., $6 for general admission; "Casino Night" at 5 p.m., $10 for general seating

Bigshow’s Burgers and Bar (Brampton Ave.) — Trivia, 8–9 p.m.

Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — , 6–9 p.m. Bigshow’s Burgers and Bar — Awaken the Dawn, Acruce Mortem, Fishtooth, 8 p.m. Cover charge of $3.

GSU Paulson Stadium — Undergraduate commencement ceremony, 9 a.m.


Gnat’s Landing — Trivia, 6:30 p.m. GATA’s — Beer pong tournament, 8 p.m.

Rum Runners — Coty James, 8 p.m.

Locos — Jam Session open mic night, 9 p.m.

Dingus Magee’s — The Steppin Stones, 9 p.m.

Downtown Statesboro (Sea Island Bank parking lot) — Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market, 9 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.


GSU Garden of the Coastal Plain — Concert in the Garden, 7 p.m.

Millhouse — Amy Taylor, 9 p.m.


Dingus Magee’s — Trivia, 9 p.m.

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Southern Billiards & Burgers — Pool tourney, 8 p.m., $10 entry fee



GATA’s — Cornhole Tournament, 6 a.m.– 10 p.m. Cornhole — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m. Mellow Mushroom — Trivia, 8 p.m.

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Locos — Trivia, 9 p.m.

Gnat’s Landing — DJ and karaoke, 9 p.m.


Wild Wing Café — Trivia, 9 p.m.


Downtown Statesboro (Sea Island Bank parking lot) — Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Forest Heights Country Club — 2nd Annual JC Lewis Feed the Boro Golf Scramble, 11:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Averitt Center for the Arts — Family night out with Treasure Island, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

Splash in the ‘Boro — Family Fun Swim, 10 a.m. GSU PAC ­— Gail Hursey Dance Recital. Free and open to the public, 3 p.m. Millhouse — Tall Paul Band, 9 p.m. Wild Wing Café — Nate Kenyon, 9 p.m.


El Sombrero (Fair Rd.) — Trivia, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Wild Wing Café — JB Crockett, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Café — Beer pong, 9 p.m. Applebee’s — Live DJ, 9:30 p.m.–close


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Bigshow’s Burgers and Bar (Brampton Ave.) — Trivia, 8–9 p.m.

Dingus Magee’s — Trivia, 9 p.m.

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Gnat’s Landing — Trivia, 6:30 p.m. GATA’s — Beer pong tournament, 8 p.m. Locos — Jam Session open mic night, 9 p.m.

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2015, by Governor Nathan Deal. He has served on local boards such as the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Paulding County Board and the Advisory Board of Paulding Court Appointed Special Advocates, as well as the Juvenile Court Liaison to Meth Alliance Paulding and the Committee Chair of Cub Scouts Pack 1916. While in private practice, he regularly volunteered his time and skills to support legal aid for those who could not afford private counsel. Watch both spring commencement ceremonies live and get more information by visiting, where the ceremonies will be streaming when they begin. The page also conveys instructions for parking near Hanner Fieldhouse and Paulson Stadium, in addition to other useful items of information.w

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GSU alum begins crosscountry walking trek When some people graduate from college, they jump right into the job hunt or into a master’s program. Shane Nelson thought about those options, but when he contemplated where he wanted to go in life, he could only come up with one direction: left. Which is why he’s currently on a cross-country walking tour, starting at Tybee Island on the east coast and heading left — that is, west — toward San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. “When I tell people I plan to walk coast-to-coast, they laugh,” Nelson, 23, writes on his Kickstarter page, which met its $6,000 goal last month. “But the thing is… I had no direction in my life until I chose ‘Left.’”

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"Left" The idea for the trek germinated when Nelson was a sophomore in

high school. He and a friend, inspired by a dream they had both experienced two nights apart, set off on a 15-mile walk from Savannah to Tybee Island. The idea for a much longer walk lay dormant in Nelson until his college graduation began approaching in the fall of 2014. It was a now-or-never crossroads. However, Nelson aims to make his walk more than just a personal experience. He’s taking along enough equipment to help him make a film of his experience, titled “Left” after the direction he’s chosen to walk. And instead of walking straight across the U.S., Nelson is adding another element to his project: music. His projected route is going to take him to Atlanta’s CounterPoint Music Festival in late May, Bonnaroo in midJune, a Grateful Dead reunion show in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend and a show at the Red Rocks


The above map projects Shane Nelson's cross-country route from Tybee Island to San Francisco, California, stopping at several major music festivals along the way. said. “And then, if they feel comfortable enough to share their more intrepid experiences and struggles that they’ve gone through, that would be nice to get with too.”

Preparations Nelson has been preparing for his walk since his graduation last December, going on long treks to build up his strength and stamina and assembling his gear. Rather than a hiking backpack, Nelson will be transporting his food, camping supplies, camera equipment, solar chargers, water purification system, clothing and other necessities in a Booyah “Swivel” 3-in-1 bike trailer — in other words, a stroller. He has lovingly nicknamed it “Bowie.” While this may seem like a strange choice for hauling his equipment, Nelson did not make the selection — or any of his preparations — arbitrarily. For months he has been researching accounts of other crosscountry trekkers, gleaning advice and tips for the long months ahead. He has investigated the legalities of walking along highways in every state he’ll pass through. He has also looked into each state’s policy about hitchhiking, which he only intends to do in cases of extreme weather, illness or possibly missing one of the concert events. The research Nelson has conducted is doing more than just helping him on his way; it’s also helping his family accept his adventure. His father, David Nelson, said he felt much better about his son’s decision after researching other cross-country trekkers and finding that few of them reported conflicts with other people on the

road. Initially, he said, he was “horrified” by the prospect, but the family has worked together to come up with safety measures, contingency plans and ways of checking on Shane’s progress. As the day of Shane’s departure approached, David mounted a large map of the U.S. on the wall right above his desk. He’ll be sticking pins in it daily, tracking Shane’s progress

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amphitheater in Colorado, all of which were paid for out of Nelson’s personal savings account. Beyond that, his route is open for exploration through the Great American West until he ends his journey at the Pacific Ocean. “I think music is a great thing,” Nelson explained. “It’s a great communicator — you can talk to someone without having to understand their language, because music brings people together through a common interest. If you can dance to the same tune, what’s the difference between me and you? It’s also a great indicator of the times. …It really shows what’s going on around the world or around the immediate world of the musician, and you can see where it’s at without having to dive too deep into some things, and it’s more poetically given to you.” Nelson hopes that the common communicator of music will help him break down barriers as he talks to other people, both on a personal level and for his film. In his cart he’s carrying about 400 talent release forms to keep his interviews clear and legal, as he hopes to get people to open up in ways that make them potentially vulnerable. He has already assembled interviews with a young, unmarried friend who is preparing to be a first-time parent and his aunt, who has been raising a daughter with special needs. He says he’s seeking out stories that, in his words, “are common — maybe not relateable to everyone, but that someone has gone through.” “For these strangers, it’ll be more of: ‘What makes you happy? What is happiness? What do you feel the current state of the US is?’” Nelson

through a GPS locator broadcasting a signal from Shane’s phone. In the coming months, Nelson will talk to people of all ages, of eclectic musical tastes, economic backgrounds, races and political persuasions. By the time he has reached San Francisco, “Left” will resemble a video-based, music-centric, nationwide version of “Humans of New York.” And though Nelson is looking to overcome his own social anxiety by forcing himself to talk to other people, he thinks that between his cart and his road-worn appearance, he’ll be enough of a novelty to draw in the curious. “It’ll be interesting to see the type of people that come out and try to converse with me,” he said, later adding, “This project is gearing more towards trying to inspire people to get off their phones or to get off the computer. Not saying that it’s a bad thing to do those things, but just to have a perspective for what it means to actually be sociable—to be out in the world, rather than stuck behind a screen.” To keep up with Shane, check out for links to all of Shane’s social media accounts as he reports his progress from the road.w

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As the witcher Geralt, gamers can fight monsters in a huge gamescape while thwarting a dark force known as The Wild Hunt. SPECIAL TO CONNECT

On the hunt with 'The Witcher 3' Based upon the fantasy novels of the same title by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is an action role-playing game series in its third installment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The upcoming third game, with Tim a sprawling open-world environment, is currently being developed by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. The game is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One on May 19, 2015. CD Project RED has informed gamers that it is not necessary to have played the previous games to enjoy The Witcher 3. The game's setting is

expected to be 30 times larger than the other Witcher games. Players will be able to traverse the world using horseback, sailboats and fast travels. Gamespot has described the game as being “20 Webb percent bigger than Skyrim.” This newest iteration of the game will conclude the story of the series protagonist, the witcher Geralt of Rivia. In The Witcher 3, Geralt is on a new mission while an otherworldly army called the Wild Hunt invades the Northern Kingdoms. During these dark times, Geralt finds himself as the key to stopping the Wild Hunt from a rampage upon the Kingdoms.

The Witcher 3 won several awards The game also includes many at E3, including “best role-playing dynamic features, such as realistic game,” and is expected to be one of artificial intelligence, dynamic daythe biggest and most popular titles and-night system, responsive and of 2015. CD Projekt dynamic environments, RED has stated that and even a beard-growth PREVIEW they have successfully system — as Geralt developed “a story 'The Witcher 3: Wild travels the regions, over that flows naturally, time, his beard will grow. Hunt' cinematically, renThe developers have Developer: CD Projekt RED dered it in amazing estimated that there are Publisher: WB Games sound and visuals, about 100 hours to comPlatform: Microsoft while preserving full plete the game, with that Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox freedom of choice”. number being evenly split One While it is similar between the side quests to the first two and main story line. Witcher games, Wild Hunt has defi The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be a huge RPG experience, both nitely improved upon the later games. in in-game size and time spent to The fighting has been completely complete it. With its sheer size and revamped and new mechanics have updates, Wild Hunt should be the been added to the game, including greatest game in the series and poscombat on horseback and at sea, sibly the best game this year. This swimming underwater and using gamer is really looking forward to a crossbow. The item creation and exploring the huge, open-world potion brewing will still be in-game, kingdom that is free of load times but both have been modified and while finishing up Geralt's story.w updated.

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...That could have ended better inning hurt Southern again. South Alabama plated eight runs and went on to a 12-7 win. Sunday was Senior Day for Georgia Southern, but South Alabama once again rained on the Eagles’ parade by finishing off the weekend sweep with Brown an 11-4 win. Southern has just seven regular season games left — all road games. The Eagles will step out of conference this weekend to face Clemson for a three-game set before wrapping the season up in Atlanta with a mid-week game at Kennesaw State, followed by the final Sun Belt series of the season at Georgia State May 14-16. The Sun Belt baseball conference tournament will be held May 20–25 in Troy, Alabama. Eagle softball has had a tough go of things this season. Southern closed its regular season this weekend by hosting Georgia State and the Panthers swept the three-game series by scores of 4-1, 19-6 and 10-7. The Eagles dropped to 12-38 overall, 4-20 in conference play and have now lost 12 straight games. Ouch. The Sun Belt softball tournament will be hosted by Texas State this week in San Marcos, Texas. Georgia Southern enters the tournament as the No. 8 seed and will open up against


Georgia Southern shortstop Dalton Busby makes an unsuccessful attempt to stop a line drive during the deciding sixth inning against South Alabama at J.I. Clements Stadium. No. 5 Georgia State on Wednesday. Georgia Southern golf won the second team conference championship in the school’s first season in the Sun Belt Conference April 20-21 in Miramar Beach, Florida, earning Eagle golf an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. On Monday, the NCAA announced that Georgia Southern will play in the Noblesville, Indiana regional as the No. 8 seed out of 14 in that region. Other notable teams playing in the

Noblesville regional are No. 1 seed Illinois, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Alabama and No. 7 Virginia Tech. The top five teams at each of the six regionals will advance to play in the NCAA National Championship tournament to be held May 29–June 3 in Bradenton, Florida. This is Georgia Southern’s 23rd postseason appearance. The Eagles have advanced to four NCAA Championship tournaments, most recently in 2010.w

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Well, that wasn’t the weekend Georgia Southern baseball was hoping for. The Eagles entered their series with South Alabama in second place in the Sun Belt — just ahead of the third-place Jaguars. Southern welcomed USA to town for Alex the final games at J.I. Clements Stadium this season. The Eagles hoped to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the conference and make it a two-team breakaway with Georgia State, whom Southern will visit in two weeks. South Alabama had other plans for this weekend, however. The Jaguars (32-17, 17-7) came to Statesboro and swept the Eagles to jump to the top of the standings and drop Georgia Southern (27-21, 16-11) to fourth place behind USA, State and Lafayette. South Alabama took game one Friday night by a score of 7-1. Southern took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Jaguars scored four in the sixth and three in the eighth and rode a stellar outing by starting pitcher Kevin Hill, who pitched a complete game, gave up just one run on five hits and struck out 12. Saturday’s second game featured a lot more offense, and the Eagles led 7-4 after five innings, but the sixth

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'We are all Eagles at times like this' Alex Brown As the editor of Connect Statesboro, I feel like it is part of my job to acknowledge, in some way, the terrible tragedy our community suffered in the loss of five nursing students in late April. When I tried to find the words, though, I came up empty. I am still new to Statesboro and I didn't go to Georgia Southern, so I experienced the tragedy at a degree removed. Saying anything felt intrusive and presumptuous, though I definitely felt the communal ache. I decided to keep a sympathetic, respectful silence. But our Tailgate Tattler Alex Brown had no such reservations. We ran this piece online April 23, but as this is our last issue before the Eagles head home for the summer, I thought it would be prudent to print it again. Without further ado, I'm going to turn things over to Alex. — Connect editor Brittani Howell * * * * * This is normally a sports column, but today it’s about something far more important. While I do love sports, my favorite thing about Georgia Southern is

not football or basketball. It’s not baseball, golf, volleyball or any other sport in which the Eagles compete. My absolute favorite thing about Georgia Southern University is the sense of community — of family — found here. And it’s not only found here in southeastern Georgia. Everywhere in the world you go, you’re bound to run into someone with ties to Georgia Southern. And when you do, you immediately have a friend. Being a part of the Eagle Nation is not just about showing up on Saturdays at Paulson Stadium to cheer on the Eagles. It isn’t simply about wearing blue and white or having a Georgia Southern tag on your car. It runs much deeper than that. This place is special. For so many of us, Georgia Southern will always be home and fellow Eagles will always be family. Tragically losing five of our students this week has been absolutely heartbreaking for our university. Two other members of our family have a long road to recovery — not just physically, but emotionally — from the horrific events they have been through. But seeing the students, faculty, alumni, community and other friends of Georgia Southern

come together has given me an overwhelming sense of pride to be a part of this amazing family. So many people who had never even met these girls are hurting alongside their friends and family. The outpouring of love and support from all over the world by Georgia Southern students, alumni and friends shows that the Eagle Nation has no geographical boundaries. Eagles everywhere were impacted by the loss of these young ladies because of the bond shared by our time at Georgia Southern. The communities of Statesboro, Savannah and others across the state and region have joined together during this time of sadness and grief. We have all stood together through this tragedy. Additionally, other academic institutions, including some of Southern’s most bitter rivals on the field of competition, have reached out to offer their support during this difficult time. Students and alumni from other universities have put their collective arms around our Eagle family. We compete like crazy against some of these universities on the field, but when one of us gets knocked down in a time of real tragedy, we pick each other up. We support one another

and respect each other. That’s what the true spirit of competition is all about, and to those folks, we say thank you. Georgia Southern is a tight-knit community, but when something like this happens, this family becomes even closer and stronger. No matter your hometown, major, Greek affiliation (or lack thereof ), religious beliefs, race, gender or social group; it doesn’t matter whether you are a current student, past student, alumnus, fan, friend or just know someone who is; we are all Eagles in times like this. I have been a part of the Georgia Southern family since I was born and I have always had a passion for sports — especially my Eagles. During my lifetime, the football team has won six national championships, men’s and women’s basketball have each made multiple trips to the Big Dance, Eagle baseball has been to the College World Series in Omaha, and Georgia Southern golf has advanced to numerous NCAA Regionals and national championship tournaments. The sense of pride I get from my alma mater’s accomplishments on the field is great, but seeing my

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How to cope with grief over the summer

Grief is unique and non-linear Your grief process may look different from the grief you’ve witnessed in others, and that’s perfectly fine. No two people grieve in the same way, and no reaction is necessarily unhealthy if it allows the person to process the experience in a safe, meaningful way. It is also common for people to have good and bad days as they resolve feelings of grief and loss following a traumatic event. Even months or years after a loss, people will often have occasional periods of emotional distress. Grieving is a journey with many unique components, and there is no way of knowing exactly when the pain of the loss will subside. It’s important to remember, however, that it eventually will.

Own and accept your feelings Healthy grieving requires accepting and taking ownership of your feelings when they swell up within you. So often and for so many reasons, people deny the existence or the depth of their emotions following a loss — they may feel a need to appear strong for others, to create an illusion of “toughness,” or believe that acknowledging sadness and grief is a confirmation of the loss they are not yet ready to accept. Sadly, unresolved emotions often lead to more detrimental psychological consequences. I urge you to identify your feelings, feel them fully, and let them flow freely through you without self-judgment or restriction.

Use your support system Identify those individuals in your life that provide you comfort, support and nurturance and don’t hesitate to ask them for help. While at home for the summer, it may be important to draw closer to family, childhood friends or a religious organization for support. Additionally, it could be beneficial to identify mental health resources within your home or summer community that can provide more formal grief therapy. Discuss your concerns with those closest to you, and voice your needs when they arise. It may also be beneficial for you to keep close contact with friends and classmates from GSU who share your experiences of the event. If so, keep the lines of communication open via phone, Skype or personal visits.

Take care of yourself It’s dangerously easy to forget the basic necessities of self-care following a traumatic loss. Grief often leaves us without an appetite, no desire to get out of bed, and limited motivation to

work, exercise or socialize with others. Although it may seem impossible to find the strength or desire to care for your body during this time, your body still requires care in order to continue functioning properly. Isolate the times during the day that you feel the most energized and use those times to nourish your body and mind.

Find meaning in your experience Finding meaning in grief experiences promotes well-being, better adjustment and decreased likelihood of later psychological distress. Making meaning can come through detailed, honest discussions about your experiences of loss (finding out about the accident, your memories of your loved one, your experiences in the days after the tragedy), through journaling your thoughts and feelings or through artistic expression. You may also find meaning from dedicating some deed (acts of kindness, giving to charity) or event (holding a memorial service or fundraiser) to your loved one. Explore ideas for making meaning of your grief experiences with your support system.

‘While at home for the summer, it may be important to draw closer to family, childhood friends or a religious organization for support. ... It may also be beneficial for you to keep close contact with friends anc classmates from GSU who share your experiences of the event.' Erin Lawson, graduate student of psychology at Georgia Southern University

These suggestions won’t take you out of the ocean of grief you may be experiencing, but they serve as a life raft to help keep you afloat and guide you through this loss in a healthy way. To each and every one affected by the loss of these five beautiful women, I extend my deepest condolences and genuine empathy as you begin the healing process.w

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Grief binds us more closely in our human experience than just about anything else. It is collective — familiar to all people who have loved another person and then experienced the premature severing of that cherished bond. The loss of a dear friend or family member sends us reeling, desperately clamoring within ourselves to make sense of the anguish we feel. It’s deeply painful, never forgotten, and beautifully human. The sudden loss of five young women on the morning of Wednesday, April 22, 2015 sent a torrent of despair through the hearts of Georgia Southern University students and the surrounding Statesboro community. In the weeks that follow this tragedy, many students will head back home to the lives they lead outside of the bustle of exams, lectures and college routines. For many, however, the emotional upheaval caused by the traumatic events of April 22 will remain unresolved. I sincerely hope that this information about the grieving process may help those who continue to grieve during the coming months.

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To Statesboro, with love, from the students We know you'll miss us while we're gone for the summer. To console you until we return, here are a few reminders of just how awesome Statesboro can be when it's a little emptier. Dear locals, It’s no secret that there’s a little bit of tension between Statesboro residents and the Georgia Southern student body. It’s sort of two different worlds; everything above Fair Road is local, while everything below is student turf. We tend to share the Wal-Mart area, and El Sombrero is sort of a Thanksgiving-type feast where locals and students can break bread (or, in this case, corn chips) together in a moment of harmony.

Summer is a special time when those lines are blurred. Locals joyously venture out knowing that there will not be any young adults driving like they’re in Atlanta or 18-year-olds buying three years’ worth of ramen and Red Bull, thus clogging Walmart checkout lines. Statesboro becomes sort of a knockoff resort in the summer. No, we don’t have a beach within walking distance. And no, there’s no open bar or massages. But if you think of things in a certain way, everyday activities become

sort of luxurious without 567 of your peers crowding up the town. 1. Grocery shopping: Ah, the open plains of the Wal-Mart grocery section. Enjoy pushing a buggy along the aisle of your choice without jockeying for space. Feast among the abundant options because a massive chunk of your population is not buying out the junk food that you're after. 2. The roads: Enjoy the wide-open views as you travel down Fair Road. There will be no one tailgating you or honking at you, and you can turn left out of Cook-Out at total ease. 3. El Som: Explore your spicy side as you indulge in a fiesta of flavor while maintaining your elbow room. Enjoy the luscious Spanish tunes that play over the intercom without hearing a sorority girl scream “I literally can’t even” from across the bar. 4. The farmers market: There are far fewer hipsters. Enough said. 5. Gnat's Landing: Enjoy a slightly quieter variation of trivia nights. As you take in the atmosphere, notice the lack of frat bros singing Luke Bryant. 6. Go on an adventure: While we’re on the subject of bars, take your friends, family or cat on a night out. Enjoy a luxurious night on the town at the local bars normally crowded by

college students. Indulge in dollar daqs and shots that are actually probably gasoline and lighter fluid. 7. The movies: Go and enjoy a flick without super long popcorn lines. Immerse yourself in the movie as you enjoy it in total darkness, without the lights of cell phones as college students tweet about the plot. At the end of the day, you know that we college students and you locals will miss each other. By August we’ll all be ready to be reunited. Being one big family is what makes us Eagle Nation — but a vacation from the fam never hurt anyone.w


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What's the deal with Shenanigans? their Twitter page, sending a ripple of sadness across the social media wire. Former patrons and partiers sent memories and farewells to their favorite party spot for over a decade. Since that message, Shenanigans Bar has become a name in the party circuit as if Retrievers never left. But with the recent announcement that Shenanigans is now for sale after three months, there are some questions about what's going on with the bar. Michelle Franklin, of Wise Choice Realty, is the real estate agent responsible for the listing of the property and she addressed what she called "rumors and speculation" when it comes to the new ownership that, supposedly, is responsible for the name change in January of 2015. She said that the

change in January was not a sale, but more of a rebranding from the style of Retrievers to something different. Franklin spoke on behalf of owner Jason Franklin, who has been the owner of the property since 2001. When asked if the recent announcement about the sale of University Plaza played into the decision, she said she doesn't think so. "There are ten years left in his lease, so there's no worry as to what will happen when the plaza is sold and I don't believe that plays into it at all," Michelle Franklin said. "He owns several other businesses and he's investing money toward other ventures." Among the changes that went into Retriever's becoming Shenanigans is a new stage and DJ booth with more lighting, a cozier VIP section and a larger space for movement and dance. Why the name change and all of the redesigns if the business will only be

sold months later? Michelle Franklin says that the bar is simply adapting to the changes in the customer preference. "Retrievers used to bring in different bands and there was very little return because the audience seems to just want a place to come hang out and listen to a good DJ," she said. The change of name and design was a way to adapt to those changes. Shenanigans now focuses on covering national acts and bringing in more popular music and DJs. The major question is about what could happen when the property is sold. Will there still be a bar or will we have to say goodbye to another venue? According to Franklin, several prospective owners from inside and outside of Statesboro have inquired about the sale, and these owners have shown no interest in changing the bar. In the meantime, Jason Franklin plans to keep the bar open until it is sold.w

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The bar Shenanigans — formerly known as Retrievers — is up for sale just a few months after it opened under its new name, and we're all wondering just what its owner is up to. Here's the short history: Retrievers of Statesboro posted a message on their Facebook page Jan. 7 implying some major changes that would be taking place: "Well Statesboro, we've had a blast with you guys have truly made some great memories, but it's time for us to say farewell. We have been SOLD to Shenanigans, the newest club in the Plaza! New management and new ownership have really brought some fresh ideas and big changes, go check them out!" A similar message followed on


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How you can put an end to your job hunt Don't have a job lined up right after graduation? Not to worry. The job hunt can be a long, discouraging process, but here are a few tips that might help.

The biggest slice Pew Research defines a millennial as someone born after 1980. That’s a big group but, whatever their specific

‘How are people in my generation supposed to get work experience if we aren't given a chance to?’ Amanda Rivera, class of 2013, Sacred Heart University

demographics, millennials are pouring into the workforce. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports they’re poised to become the largest demographic in the workforce in 2015. Millennials are projected to account for three-quarters of all workers by 2030. But more recently, millennials accounted for 40 percent of all unemployed workers as recently as last year, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Many of those were unlucky enough to enter the job market in the depths of a recession several years back, which puts them at a disadvantage on several fronts. “Older millennials really suffered disproportionately from a very bad job market,” said Donald Grimes of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy. “Employers may go directly to fresh faces because they’ll wonder why an older applicant hasn’t been able to find some kind of job.” Older millennials struggling to find work can also fall behind in lifetime earnings. Under- or outright unemployment can translate to as much as 9 percent less earned annually, according to David Niu, president of TinyPulse,


The job market is improving, but younger workers still face an uphill climb in finding a solid job. Here are some strategies that will help. a Seattle employee retention and satisfaction research concern. That can undermine future salary levels, not to mention impacting long-term goals such as saving for retirement. “When you start a career in a recession, it can take you an awfully long time to catch up,” said Niu. Another potential issue is the mindset many millennials bring to the workforce — characteristics some employers may view with some misgivings. Top among those concerns is a perceived lack of loyalty. A recent study by Elance-oDesk and Millennial Branding found 79 percent of millennials would consider quitting a “regular” job and working for themselves in the future. Some 50 percent of employed millennials said they planned to look for a new job in 2015, according to WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association. “They’re a socially conscious generation that wants meaningful work,” said Megan Gerhardt of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. “But they’re different. They don’t necessarily view authority and work the way prior generations did.”

Job hunting strategies Despite a competitive job market and preconceived worries about their attitudes, there are strategies millennials can employ to improve their employment prospects.

A good starting place is addressing many employers’ primary concern. “The biggest concern employers have is whether or not you’re going to stay,” says Gerhardt. “That makes it important to keep asking yourself 'Can I build a career here?’ And, if there’s a match, be sure to communicate that to the employer.” The same goes for organizational values. A study by Instructure reported millennials often fall short of essential qualities for entry-level workplace success. To that effect, 70 percent of company managers value teamwork but reported less than one in five entry-level employees were skilled in collaborating with others. To stand out, say experts, millennials — particularly those straight out of school — should market themselves as employees comfortable with buying into a company’s philosophy. “Many companies like the idea of getting fresh new faces they can mold,” said John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago-based consulting concern Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Millennials with a few post-college years under their belts also have the opportunity to refresh their appeal to employers — provided they’re willing to hit the books again. “Going back to graduate school raises your overall employee and earnings profile,” said Grimes. “That, and you’re back in the pool of recent graduates.”

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Brian Dab and Amanda Rivera are only two years apart in their respective college graduations. Their attitudes about finding a job after college, on the other hand, are decidedly separate. “I did an internship at a public relations firm last year, and I really learned a lot,” said Dab, 21, who will graduate this spring from George Washington University with a political science degree. “I feel I’m in a really strong position to get a job in a communications position.” Rivera, 24, can’t share that sunny outlook. A 2013 graduate of Sacred Heart University with a master’s in communication, she repeatedly applied for entry-level marketing positions, “but didn’t hear back from anyone.” The closest she came was a second round interview for an entry-level job that went to a candidate with five years’ experience. “How are people in my generation supposed to get work experience if we aren't given a chance to?” she said. Welcome to the millennial generation’s murky employment universe. Although the job picture for college graduates in their 20s is expected to improve this year, millennials continue to face a rash of challenges in landing a solid job — from the crush of current competition to overcoming the repeated rejection when seeking work during the recession. But there are strategies to improve employment prospects for those just entering the job market from graduation or for those who have been searching for years to find meaningful, rewarding work.

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GOOD LIVES, from page 4 Eugenia Last TAURUS (April 20– May 20) — Stop procrastinating. You need to secure your position. Go over personal documents with a professional who can guide you through your investment, retirement or savings plans. GEMINI (May 21–June 20) — You will have problems meeting your deadlines. If you need help, ask. If you are grateful and offer incentives to those who pitch in, you will gain in popularity. CANCER (June 21–July 22) — Doing something that you enjoy can also put money in your pocket. Toot your own horn. You won't be considered for a promotion unless you flaunt what you have to offer. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) — Positive change is on the horizon. Insight from a trip or an enlightening seminar will form the basis for personal change. Those around you will see you in a new light. VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) — Think before you speak. Discussions with friends or family will become volatile if you are too demanding. Be agreeable and let everyone have a say without criticism. LIBRA (Sept. 23– Oct. 23) — Pamper yourself. You deserve some downtime, so don't let anyone interfere with your personal indulgences. A day of rest will ease your stress.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24– Nov. 22) — Check out other alternatives if your career is not progressing as you'd hoped. Employment agencies or job sites can provide many alternatives to explore. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23– Dec. 21) — Be firm if you are confronted by someone who wants you to compromise your values or reputation. Trust your intuition. Don't get involved with anything that makes you feel uneasy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22– Jan. 19) — Strive to maintain a positive attitude. You may not be able to control a situation, but that's no reason to give up. Accept the inevitable and make the most of what fate deals you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20– Feb. 19) — Making a difference for others will bring about a change in you. Get involved in a group or organization that gives aid to those less fortunate. Your help will make a difference. PISCES (Feb. 20– March 20) — Stay out of the spotlight. You will learn more if you sit on the sidelines and observe what those around you are doing. Quickly take care of a minor health matter. ARIES (March 21– April 19) — You have everything you need to get ahead. A home-based business has the potential to develop from a hobby or casual interest.w

Holli Deal Saxon IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN — Georgia Southern University police were likely startled when they received a call about the Incredible Hulk being at the Herty Building. They found a man dressed like the Hulk for participation in a Relay for Life event. He warned others he would be wearing costumes for the event. Officers were careful not to make him angry. WHEN YA GOTTA GO... — A woman who apparently couldn’t resist the call of nature stopped on the roadway beside the entrance to Olympic Boulevard, bared her butt and urinated right there in plain sight of passing cars. When an officer saw her and asked her why she was exposing herself, she told him she had to go to the bathroom and didn’t care who saw her. Yes, she was arrested.

CURSING THE COPS — A man yelled a derogatory term ("f*** 12") at officers he walked past on Georgia Avenue. When stopped and asked why he did so, he told the cops it was “funny” and just something people did. When advised it was an arrestable offense, the man asked the officer, “Does it make you feel heroic at the end of the day knowing you got out and arrested someone for saying what I said?” The offender was arrested, and when being booked in, told the officer, “You could be out finding somebody that is killing people, or committing some other crimes, but you got out with me for saying two words.” The officer explained that the reason for the arrest was the offender yelled and cursed him for no reason and drew attention to himself. The charge was disorderly conduct.w

mindful of others. The importance of empathy and kindness is a bedrock lesson, learned in kindergarten and through fairy tales but often forgotten in the day-to-day shuffle. The benefits of failure are less often preached but essential to know — and, honestly, in a stage where that failure seems threatening and frightening, it’s good to know that it’s really not the end of the world. It’s a deeply affecting speech, but a clear and direct one, told simply in elegant prose and sprinkled with Rowling’s humor and just a touch of snark. And by the end of it, you come away with a few loose but valuable ideas of what it means to lead those titular "very good lives.” If you’re looking for a book to buy your graduate, I’d definitely rec-

EAGLES, from page 12 Eagle family come together, love each other, and hold each other up during times when we are brought to our collective knees is what it’s really all about. All of us may not have known these girls personally, but we have all lost five of our own. Daughters, sisters, friends, roommates, girlfriends and classmates have been lost as a result of this unthinkable tragedy. Their families and loved ones hurt. We hurt with them. They mourn the loss of these young ladies who had such bright futures taken from them. We mourn with them. They need love and comfort during this time. We offer

JOB HUNT, from page 21 Consider alternatives

If landing a conventional job seems unlikely for the moment — or years of searching has only brought frustration — consider other alternatives. Look into interning or volunteering at a relevant professional association. But make it more than just an excuse to get out of the house. “Don’t just intern for interning’s sake,” said Niu. “See if there’s a pathway there that can lead to measurable results.” Lastly, don’t be shy about getting

ommend this one: Not only is the advice uplifting and sound, but proceeds from the book go to benefit Rowling’s charity Lumos, which seeks to help children in damaging institutions. If you’re a graduate seeking advice but don’t have the money for books (because let’s face it, things are pretty tight when you first strike out on your own), the speech is widely circulated online, available in both YouTube videos and PDF files. And it’s definitely worth the 20 minutes it takes to read it. Brittani Howell is the editor of Connect Statesboro. She's a Mercer grad from the class of '13, and she's still figuring out what she'd like to do when she growns up. If you'd like to reach out, shoot a message to editor@!w love and comfort to them. That’s Georgia Southern. And that’s what makes me prouder than anything else to be an Eagle. So, in honor of these young ladies we have lost far too soon, let’s put our differences aside and just love each other. Be good to each other. Respect each other. Encourage each other. Serve those in need. Make a difference. We only get one shot at life, and as we learned on the morning of April 22, 2015, we never really know just how short and precious life can be. So make it count. Take care of each other. Because that’s what you do for family. Emily, Morgan, Abbie, McKay and Caitlyn — on Eagles' wings you soar.w

in on the self-employment trend. That’s what Rivera did with Inspire Me Communications, a public relations and marketing agency she founded while continuing to look for full-time work. Inspire Me Communications is still going. The job hunt has been shelved. “I love marketing and helping businesses grow, and at the time it didn't make sense for me to have to wait until someone gave me permission to do it. So, if no one was going to hire me, I was going to hire myself,” she said. “Eventually it got to a point where I had to choose. Either spend my time applying to jobs and not hearing back, or take that time and apply it toward growing my business. So I chose the second one.”w


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