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Blog Topic: On Campus

  • In the Loop: Tate Center Sign on Georgia Tech Shooting Disturbs UGA Students

     

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    Photo Credit: Hunter Hulsey

    Hunter Hulsey was disgusted when he saw a sign with a poll in the Tate Student Center Plaza Wednesday asking if people agreed that the shooting of Scout Schultz at Georgia Tech was "a clean shoot."

    Schultz, a student at Georgia Tech, was shot and killed by police responding to a call of a suspicious person on campus. Schultz reportedly refused to comply with officer orders to drop a multitool he was wielding. It was later revealed Schultz placed the call the brought officers to the scene in what appears to be a suicide by police shooting.

    "It pissed me off, so I took a picture," Hulsey said.

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  • In the Loop: CCSD Will Stay Closed and UGA Will Reopen Wednesday

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    Citing ongoing power outages and safety concerns about road debris and non-working traffic lights, the Clarke County School District has cancelled classes and other activities on Wednesday.

    The University of Georgia, though, will reopen at 10 a.m. Campus Transit will start running again at 9 a.m., and the first classes will be held at 10:10 a.m.

    UGA warned students and employees that travel to campus may take longer than usual, and reminded drivers that intersections where traffic signals are out should be treated as four-way stops.

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  • In the Loop: Road Closures and More Hurricane Irma News

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    Photo Credit: NASA

    Hurricane Irma over the British Virgin Islands on Friday.

    The University of Georgia will be closed today and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma hitting Athens.

    All classes, campus events and other activities at UGA are canceled. Residence and dining halls will remain open. Campus Transit will run as long as conditions allow. Designated employees are expected to report to work if they can safely travel.

    For more information on UGA's closing, visit emergency.uga.edu.

    Clarke and Oconee County public schools will be closed today and Tuesday, as will Athens Tech and the University of North Georgia. Athens Christian School, Prince Avenue Christian School and Piedmont College are closed today, but have not announced whether they will be closed Tuesday. Classes will resume at Athens Academy on Tuesday.

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  • In the Loop: Brian Kemp Takes On Trumpian Tone at UGA

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    Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp called out the media and his Democratic opponents and defended his record as secretary of state Wednesday night while visiting the UGA College Republicans.

    Kemp—joined by newly appointed Judge Regina Quick and Houston Gaines, the former UGA Student Government president looking to fill Quick's vacant state House seat—stopped in his Athens hometown during his statewide campaign tour in an effort to get the college students involved in his "grassroots army."

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  • In the Loop: UGA Debate Society Takes Down Robert E. Lee Portrait

     

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    Photo Credit: Nate Harris

    Members of the Demosthenian Society take down a portrait of Robert E. Lee after debating whether to remove it.

    The national discussion over Confederate monuments and memorials reached the floor of the Demosthenian Literary Society Thursday night, as the organization debated whether to remove a portrait of Robert E. Lee that hangs in its chamber.

    The society offered Lee honorary membership in March 1866.

    "My best guess is that they were trying to throw this old guy a bone," said Gilbert Head, a curator of presidential papers at the University Archives and a member of the society. "I don't think they were trying to make any statement at the time."

    A portrait of Lee has been in the chamber for several decades. Although some members estimate the portrait was hung up in the 1910s, the portrait itself is likely dated between 1875 and World War I, Head said.

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  • Culture Briefs: Photography Exhibit Highlights Work of Revered Teacher Mary Ruth Moore

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    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    UGA students Kiara Halls and Shayna Slaughter view Moore's "Birth of the Virgin." To the right is "Mr. Henry's Hands."

    The bottles sit on a table in a quiet corner, cloudy with age and dusty from disuse. Light streams through a nearby window. Briefly, the bottles are illuminated. The sun moves and the moment vanishes, but it is not lost. Mary Ruth Moore has born witness with her large view camera. In "Cornered" the light will continue to caress the bottles, define their forms and brush their mottled glass surfaces. 

    A viewer, like me, will stop in front of that photograph, arrested by the image’s simplicity and quietness. It will feel like a window to other things or worlds.

    “Works by Mary Ruth Moore,” currently on view at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, is full of such images and moments. Moore has taught at UGA for over 40 years.

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  • In the Loop: A UGA Professor Wanted to Let Students Grade Themselves

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    Rick Watson.

    A conservative website's post about a University of Georgia professor who planned to allow students to choose their own grades went viral over the past couple of days.

    Campus Reform wrote Monday about business professor Rick Watson's "stress reduction policy," which would have allowed students who felt "unduly stressed" about their grade email Watson with a suggested grade, "and it will be so changed."

    The policy was included in the syllabi for two of Watson's fall courses.

    Watson is the Terry College of Business's J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy and a regents professor, a position awarded to Georgia universities' most highly distinguished faculty members.

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  • In the Loop: UGA Announces Further Study of Baldwin Hall Remains

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    The University of Georgia will conduct further DNA analysis on the remains of former slaves found during a Baldwin Hall construction project in 2015, and try to reconstruct how the campus grew around the Old Athens Cemetery on campus.

    first round of studies by UGA anthropology professor Laurie Reitsema only examined mitochondrial DNA, which is easier to obtain but only contains information from female ancestors. In the second round, Reitsema will team up with University of Texas researchers who specialize in ancient remains to analyze nuclear DNA, which will yield information about the paternal side, and could allow Athens residents to find out if they are descended from anyone whose remains were exhumed.

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  • In the Loop: Yes, UGA Tailgaters Can Carry Guns on Campus

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Campus-carry protesters at The Arch in May.

    University of Georgia President Jere Morehead forwarded a memo from University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley to faculty, staff and students today laying out how the USG's Office of Legal Affairs interprets the new campus carry law. 

    The law allows concealed-carry permit holders to carry handguns on public college and university campuses, with some exceptions: athletic events, dorms, fraternity and sorority houses, faculty and staff offices, classrooms where high-school students attend class, daycares and rooms where disciplinary hearings are held.

    But the law was written in such a way that it left much ambiguity about where, exactly, on campus guns are allowed, and when. Wrigley and university system lawyers attempted to offer some clarity.

    Journalism professor Barry Hollander was kind enough to post the full email, but here are some highlights.

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  • In the Loop: Will Georgia's Campus Carry Law Let UGA Tailgaters Pack Heat?

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    The campus carry bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed last month explicitly bans guns at Sanford Stadium while allowing them on many other parts of the UGA campus. But officials are still grappling with at least one gray area—what the poorly worded law means for tailgaters.

    The Macon Telegraph reports:

    One scenario has raised an interesting question for Georgia: Given the fact that up to 100,000 fans, if not more, partake in tailgating festivities many hours before kickoff, how will the law be interpreted on its campus for a Saturday football game?

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