Changing Faces helps to change fortunes

By Aunarey Herbert Jr. |
Contributor

Changing Faces is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Augusta, Ga. The nonprofit was founded by Patricia Johnson, and the organization’s mission is to serve children, families and individuals in crisis. Changing Faces has an onsite food pantry known as “Portions,” which is located at 3070 Damascus Road, Augusta 30909. Continue reading “Changing Faces helps to change fortunes”

AU dominates in Peach Belt cross-country championships

Mackenzie Taylor, after winning the PBC championship, was named national athlete of the week. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

The Augusta University men and women’s cross-country teams, led by Coach Adam Ward, turned in outstanding performances in their final competition of the 2020 season, the Peach Belt Conference Championship, hosted by the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, Ga., on Nov. 14. The men defended their PBC crown, and Mackenzie Taylor won the women’s championship and finished the season undefeated. Continue reading “AU dominates in Peach Belt cross-country championships”

Turner brings loads of cheerleading experience to AU coaching post

Harleigh Turner (sitting on the court) is now in her third year coaching Augusta University’s cheerleading squad. (photo by AU Athletics)

By Taylor Ferguson |
Staff writer

When Harleigh Turner graduated from high school in Rome, Ga., she thought she was on the verge of reaching one of her childhood dreams—becoming a cheerleader for the University of Georgia. However, Turner, Augusta University’s cheerleading coach, was not able to live out her dream as she originally anticipated. Continue reading “Turner brings loads of cheerleading experience to AU coaching post”

Jaguar men, Taylor win PBC XC championships

Jacob Poston led the AU men to their third Peach Belt Conference crown in four years. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

Staff report |

The Augusta University men’s cross-country team successfully defended its Peach Belt Conference championship Saturday, and AU’s Mackenzie Taylor claimed the women’s individual title at the University of North Georgia. Continue reading “Jaguar men, Taylor win PBC XC championships”

Jaguar men look to defend PBC title in cross-country

Jacob Poston (404) leads Augusta University as the Jaguars hope to repeat as PBC champions. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

The Augusta Jaguars men’s and women’s cross-country teams hope to finish their postseason strong in the Peach Belt Conference Championship in Gainesville, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 14. The race will be hosted by the University of North Georgia and will take place on its campus. Continue reading “Jaguar men look to defend PBC title in cross-country”

The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 5

The Sports Squad: S3, E5 (<–Click here)

Join Bell Ringer Sports Editor Carlos Rodriguez as he talks AU sports with Jaelyn Autman and Chad Cook. Autman is a junior communication major, and Cook is the color commentator on SUVtv’s telecast of Jaguar basketball. They discuss the Peach Belt Conference cross-country championships, as well as basketball. Continue reading “The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 5”

Perdue and Ossoff will have a runoff election in January

Georgia Senate election results as of 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2020. (from the Associated Press)

By Rakiyah Lenon |
Staff writer

The Senate race in Georgia will now have two runoff elections as neither the incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue or Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff made more than 50 percent of the vote.

Continue reading “Perdue and Ossoff will have a runoff election in January”

Biden, Harris give first speeches as president-elect and vice president-elect

Photo by Sharefaith on Pexels.com

By Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gave their first speeches on Saturday, Nov. 7, after winning the 2020 election. Continue reading “Biden, Harris give first speeches as president-elect and vice president-elect”

Georgia may turn blue

Election results at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2020. (image from the Associated Press)

By Haley Night |
Editor-in-chief

According to the Associated Press, former Vice President Biden is leading with over 1,500 votes in Georgia, turning the primarily red state blue.

Continue reading “Georgia may turn blue”

Jaguar men’s basketball team holds televised practice

Darren Lucas-White goes up for layup as Jack Johnson (L) defends during Augusta’s televised basketball practice Thursday. Coach Dip Metress (in yellow shirt) watches from beyond the three-point line. (photo by Justin Brosemer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Dip Metress and the Augusta University men’s basketball team held a practice that was televised by SUVtv on Thursday, Nov. 5. Continue reading “Jaguar men’s basketball team holds televised practice”

Loeffler and Warnock will compete in a runoff election in January 2021

Kelly Loeffler holds a campaign stop at the Augusta Regional Airport Nov. 3. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon)

By Madison Pierce |
Staff writer

Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, achieved 32.8 percent of votes while Kelly Loeffler, the incumbent Republican, achieved 26 percent of votes in the U.S. Senate special election to replace Johnny Isakson, and there will be in a runoff election in January 2021. Continue reading “Loeffler and Warnock will compete in a runoff election in January 2021”

The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 4

The Sports Squad: S3, E4 (<–CLICK HERE)

Carlos Rodriguez and Jaelyn Autman bring you “The Sports Squad.” In this episode, Rodriguez and Autman talk Augusta University cross-country, men’s golf and basketball. “The Sports Squad” is a production of Bell Ringer-Phoenix Media. Continue reading “The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 4”

Taylor, Jaguars prepare for Peach Belt cross-country championships

Carlos Rodriguez shows his form as he raced to a seventh-place finish for the Jags at the North Georgia Invite. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Adam Ward’s Augusta University cross-country teams finished the regular season strongly at the North Georgia Invite on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Gainesville. Continue reading “Taylor, Jaguars prepare for Peach Belt cross-country championships”

AU students discuss their votes

Ninth grader Jeffrey Fraizer and his grandmother, Susan Fraizer, support Trump during the 2020 election. (photo by Haley Knight)

By Madeline Burgin |
Staff writer

Augusta University students discuss who they voted for in the 2020 general election and why.

Continue reading “AU students discuss their votes”

David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler fly to Augusta

David Perdue shakes hands with ninth-grader Jeffery Fraizer at his campaign stop at the Daniel Field Airport on Highland Ave. in Augusta. (photo by Haley Knight)

By Haley Knight and Rakiyah Lenon |
Editor-in-chief and staff writer

United States Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler held campaign stops at Daniel Field Airport on Highland Avenue and Augusta Regional Airport on Aviation Way in Augusta on Monday, Nov. 2, the day before the presidential election.

Continue reading “David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler fly to Augusta”

Peach Belt Conference to play 16-game schedule for 2020-21 basketball season

Senior Troy Cracknell (21) is a returning sharpshooter for the Augusta men’s basketball team; he and his teammates will play 16 regular-season games. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

The Peach Belt Conference will play a 16-game schedule for the upcoming basketball season, the league announced on Oct. 29. Continue reading “Peach Belt Conference to play 16-game schedule for 2020-21 basketball season”

AU’s Taylor wins third in a row

Augusta’s Mackenzie Taylor running her course-record 17:05 time at the North Georgia Invite. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

Staff report |

Mackenzie Taylor of Augusta University made it three straight wins to start her collegiate career as a cross-country runner, winning the North Georgia Invite in Gainesville on Saturday morning, Oct. 31. Continue reading “AU’s Taylor wins third in a row”

Jaguar cross-country prepping for PBC at North Georgia Invite

AU’s Mackenzie Taylor has won the first two cross-country meets of her college career. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Adam Ward and the Augusta University men’s and women’s cross-country teams prepare to finish strong in their last meet of the shortened regular season this Saturday, Oct. 31. Saturday’s competition is the North Georgia Invite in Gainesville, Ga. The men will be running in a 8-kilometer race, with women running in their first 5-kilometer event of the season. Previously, they had run 6K races. Continue reading “Jaguar cross-country prepping for PBC at North Georgia Invite”

AU cross-country lands another commitment in East Coweta’s Moore

Matthew Moore (L) gives the Jaguars another outstanding Georgia runner for its 2021-22 freshman class. (photo by Chris Goltermann, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Augusta University’s cross-country program continues to build a strong incoming freshmen class for the 2021-22 season with the verbal commitment of East Coweta High School standout Matthew Moore. Continue reading “AU cross-country lands another commitment in East Coweta’s Moore”

AU Graduate School hosts virtual fair for 2021 applicants

By Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

The Graduate School at Augusta University hosted a virtual fair for students to learn more about the school, specific programs, how to be a competitive graduate applicant and the changes the Corona virus made to the application process. Continue reading “AU Graduate School hosts virtual fair for 2021 applicants”

Cincinnati’s MacKinnon named AU’s provost and vice president of academic affairs

Neil MacKinnon will replace Gretchen Caughman as the provost of Augusta University.

By Haley Knight |
Editor in chief

After extensive interviews with the three final provost candidates, Augusta University (AU) has named Neil J. MacKinnon has the new provost and vice president of academic affairs starting Jan. 19, 2021. Continue reading “Cincinnati’s MacKinnon named AU’s provost and vice president of academic affairs”

Jaguar golfers finish second at Bash in the Boro at GSU

AU’s Alex van Wyk hits a tee shot during the Bash in the Boro golf tournament en route to a fifth-place finish. (photo by JP van der Walt, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

After completing the last round of the two-day Bash in the Boro golf tournament hosted by Georgia Southern, the Augusta University men’s golf team kept their position to finish second overall Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20, in Statesboro. Continue reading “Jaguar golfers finish second at Bash in the Boro at GSU”

Chiming in: Transition into autumn season can provide various benefits

The autumnal season could be useful to enhancing both mental and physical health. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

By Rakiyah Lenon |
Staff writer
 

Fall has made its debut in the CSRA with numerous pumpkin spiced products in stores, endless varieties of autumn scented candles and countless pieces of fall decor, it is hard to miss that this season is in full swing. 

Continue reading “Chiming in: Transition into autumn season can provide various benefits”

Vajda in first, Jags in second, heading into second day of Bash in the Boro

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

After the first 36 holes of the Bash in the Boro golf tournament hosted by Georgia Southern, Augusta University sophomore Jack Vajda leads the field, finishing the day 11 under par. Continue reading “Vajda in first, Jags in second, heading into second day of Bash in the Boro”

Taylor wins, AU men finish second at UAB XC meet

Jacob Poston (404) en route to third place in the Blazer Classic; Poston led AU to a second-place finish in the race. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Augusta University’s cross-country program proved itself to be among the best in the biggest competition of the season thus far at the UAB Blazer Classic on Oct. 16. The men’s team finished in  second place in their 8-kilometer race, while the women’s team, led by individual winner Mackenzie Taylor, placed sixth in their 6K event in Birmingham, Ala. Continue reading “Taylor wins, AU men finish second at UAB XC meet”

AU men’s golf opens play at GSU’s Bash in the Boro

AU’s Alex van Wyk, a business major from South Africa, is coming off a ninth-place finish at the Alabama-Birmingham tournament. (staff photo)

By Brian Mitchell |
Sports writer

The Augusta University men’s golf team opens play in Georgia Southern’s Bash in the Boro golf tournament today (Monday, Oct. 19). Continue reading “AU men’s golf opens play at GSU’s Bash in the Boro”

Pandemic turned profit

Second City Distillery in downtown Augusta make their own FDA approved hand sanitizer to help their guests during the pandemic. (photo by Sam Turner)

By Sam Turner |
Staff writer

During the first shutdown of the coronavirus in March 2020, many people across the country who were not considered “essential” were left without jobs. Instead of sitting around, many people turned to crafting and creating.

Continue reading “Pandemic turned profit”

Jaguar cross-country teams face challenging meet at UAB

Sophomore Mackenzie Taylor leads the Jaguar women’s cross team into the Blazer Classic on Friday. (photo by Paula Toole, AU Athletics)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coming off wins for their respective teams, Coach Adam Ward and the Augusta University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will participate in their second of three events for the season on Friday, Oct. 16. Continue reading “Jaguar cross-country teams face challenging meet at UAB”

The COVID report with David Blake: Aerosol spread of the coronavirus

Thursday, Oct. 15

The guidance on public health for the coronavirus has recently changed to include aerosol spread. That means small bits of water from an infected person’s lungs can, if their concentration is high enough, infect others. It also means we have a new set of weapons to fight the coronavirus, mainly those of indoor air quality.

Continue reading “The COVID report with David Blake: Aerosol spread of the coronavirus”

Taylor sets school record in her first XC race; UAB meet next

AU sophomore Mackenzie Taylor ran well ahead of the field in winning her first-ever cross-country meet at the Koala Classic. (photo by Paula Toole, AU Athletics)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Augusta University women’s cross-country breakout performer Mackenzie Taylor made her mark against the opposition and in the record book during the 6-kilometer race at the Koala XC Invitational on Oct. 3 in West Columbia, S.C. Continue reading “Taylor sets school record in her first XC race; UAB meet next”

In-person commencement in December

By Haley Knight |
Editor-in-Chief

Augusta University has announced through email that an in-person commencement ceremony for all spring, summer and fall graduates will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, at James Brown Arena.

Continue reading “In-person commencement in December”

Rome (Ga.) runner commits to Augusta University XC

Rome’s Patrick Motes (1284) will be joining a deep AU men’s cross-country team that is currently ranked third in the country. (photo by Marc Logan, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Rome High School standout runner Patrick Motes has decided to compete in-state while furthering his education at Augusta University. Continue reading “Rome (Ga.) runner commits to Augusta University XC”

Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, September 18, 2020. (staff photo)

By Madeline Burgin | Staff writer

The Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, September 18, 2020, leaving a legacy of fighting for equal rights behind.

Continue reading “Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Lakeside H.S. senior commits to AU cross-country program

Lauren Michael has helped Lakeside to several cross-country victories this fall and has committed to AU. (photo by Kevin Methany, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Lakeside High School cross-country standout Lauren Michael has ended her recruitment process with the decision to attend Augusta University for the 2021-2022 academic year. This decision pairs one of the winningest coaches in the Peach Belt Conference in Adam Ward with another building block to a strong freshman class. Continue reading “Lakeside H.S. senior commits to AU cross-country program”

Hope for Spring 2021 stage performances at Augusta University

Auditions for a spring 2021 production are being held Oct. 19 and 20 via Microsoft teams. (staff photo)

By Thalia Rodriguez |
Staff writer 

A sign of hope for stage performers, and theatre goers, was posted Sept. 21  on the Theatre AUG Instagram page for auditions being held for a new play performance. The abrupt shutdown of Augusta University in mid-March of this year had put a pause on any stage performances planned out for the rest of the spring and summer semesters. 

Continue reading “Hope for Spring 2021 stage performances at Augusta University”

AU alumnus Monteiro shines in professional debut

Rafael Monteiro goes up for two of his 20 points in his professional basketball debut. (photo by Ricardo Bufolin, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

Augusta University alumnus Rafael Monteiro made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, Oct. 4, for the E.C. Pinheiros São Paulo basketball team. Despite suffering a 78-68 loss to rival São Paulo FC, Monteiro had an all-around dominant performance, scoring a team-high 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. Continue reading “AU alumnus Monteiro shines in professional debut”

Shoppe3130 introduces new mobile boutique bus, the first of its kind in the CSRA

A woman browses the clothes available at the mobile Shoppe3130 boutique. (photo by Grace Adams)

By Grace Adams |
Staff writer

Shoppe3130 Boutique announced in May the addition of its mobile boutique bus, a new way to shop. Shoppe3130 Boutique is a local women’s and children’s boutique owned by Jenny and Jesse Elliott of North Augusta, S.C.  

Continue reading “Shoppe3130 introduces new mobile boutique bus, the first of its kind in the CSRA”

Movie review: ‘Tenet’ is dazzling (No spoilers)

Jack Cutmore-Scott, left, John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in “Tenet.” (Photo Curtsey of Warner Bros.)

By Justin Little |
Staff writer

“Tenet” is the newest film by writer/director Chirstopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar). It is being hailed by critics at Empire Magazine as “Bond on Acid.”

Continue reading “Movie review: ‘Tenet’ is dazzling (No spoilers)”

Ward quite satisfied with AU victories in Koala meet

The Jaguar women took first in the Koala Classic in West Columbia, S.C. (file photo)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Adam Ward and the Augusta University Jaguar cross-country teams surpassed expectations in a outstanding showing at the Koala XC Classic in West Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 3. Continue reading “Ward quite satisfied with AU victories in Koala meet”

AU cross-country opens season in Columbia

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Adam Ward and the Augusta University men and women cross-country teams are readying for their first of three meets for their shortened season in West Columbia, S.C., at the Koala XC Classic. Continue reading “AU cross-country opens season in Columbia”

Senate candidate Warnock holds press conference

 

Rev. Raphael Warnock is a democratic candidate for Senate. (photo by Haley Knight)

By Madison Pierce |
Staff writer

U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock held a press conference Sept. 15 with student media in which he spoke about social justice, climate change, voting rights and the critical issues facing students in Georgia.

Continue reading “Senate candidate Warnock holds press conference”