AU warnings: are they reliable?

By Skyler Mitchell |
Staff writer

 

On Fri., Feb. 9, a shooting occurred at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, resulting in the death of Jaz-Na O. Timmons. Her husband and prime, Richard Timmons Jr., has been apprehended by the police in Texas on Feb. 15, where he will be brought back to Georgia to face trial. Continue reading “AU warnings: are they reliable?”

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Jags sweep season series against rival USC-Aiken, clinch home quarterfinal game in PBC Tournament

By Leeroy Francis |
Staff writer

AU junior Aaron Byrd cans a free throw to add to his 19 total points in the Jags’ win over USC-Aiken. (photo by Chris and Paula Toole, AU Athletics)

The Augusta University men’s basketball team defeated rival USC-Aiken 80-75 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to sweep the regular-season series against the Pacers. Continue reading “Jags sweep season series against rival USC-Aiken, clinch home quarterfinal game in PBC Tournament”

AU Cinema Series will host discussion with noted author Steve Ryfle

By Tyler McNeely |
Contributor

The Cinema Series at Augusta University will host a discussion with author Steve Ryfle on collaborations between Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Ishiro Honda before a screening of Kurosawa’s “Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 22, at the Maxwell Theatre. Continue reading “AU Cinema Series will host discussion with noted author Steve Ryfle”

Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 to celebrate black history month

By Madison Brown and Rachel Shomer |
Online/Design Editor and Co-Editor in Chief

Sa Jules gives a spoken word performance at the African American Read-In on Feb. 12. (photo by Rachel Shomer)

Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to highlight literature written by African American authors in celebration of black history month. Continue reading “Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 to celebrate black history month”

Jags on a three-game skid after falling to Ga. College and Clayton State

By Leeroy Francis |
Staff writer

Augusta forward Kyle Doyle (11) goes up for two of his 13 points against Clayton State. (photo by Paula Toole, AU Athletics)

The Augusta University men’s basketball team narrowly lost to Georgia College 61-59 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Continue reading “Jags on a three-game skid after falling to Ga. College and Clayton State”

AU hosts the 21st Conference of the Americas

By Skyler Mitchell |
Staff writer

Students and faculty gathered in the JSAC ballroom to attend the 21st Conference of the Americas. (photo by Skyler Mitchell)

Augusta University hosted the Annual Conference of the Americas for the very first time. 

The main goal of the Conference of the Americas is to spread knowledge about the Americas, where the faculty of several universities within the University System of Georgia can show their expertise on the USA, Latin American, and Canadian history.

The Conference of the Americas was held on Feb. 9 and hosted by the Augusta University Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy in conjunction with Department of English & Foreign Languages.  This conference was sponsored by The Americas Council, Augusta University, Armstrong Atlantic/ Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and the University of North Georgia.

The first event of this conference was opened by Dr. Heather J. Chiero, who talked about the history of this event and expressing gratitude that the council decided AU should host for this year.

“I hope that (this event) will continue to grow as big as it was in the past,” remarked Dr. Chiero happily, speaking about how the continued hosting of this event will hopefully go.

The day started with a presentation by Dr. Alvis Dunn, who gave a presentation on the life of Pierce Manning Butler Young. Dr. Dunn talked about Young’s career as a Major General in the Confederate Army, along with how he served as US minister to Guatemala and Honduras.

Dr. Dunn went on to mention the many cases Young worked on that dealt with incidents between Guatemala and the United States, along with the relationship between Young and Guatemalan President José María Raina Barrios. Dr. Dunn explained the character of Young and how it related to the time period in which he lived, whether it was his prejudiced actions to his professional ones.

The next event consisted of panels focusing on several different subjects, from Hispanic farmworkers to issues of communication in aviation.

One such panel focused on the latter, moderated by Dr. Chris Botero of the English and Foreign Languages department. Dr. Botero helped present the information of Rachelle Udell and Genggeng Zhang, both MA candidates from Georgia State University.

The subjects were focused on how miscommunication between pilots and air traffic controllers has led to major tragedies within the aviation community. They also talked about the problem of a looming pilot shortage within 20 years, which is also when the need for pilots will double.

The third event held by the conference consisted of more panels, focusing on language learning and literature. Dr. Kristi Hislope of the University of North Georgia, Dr. Giada Biasetti of Augusta University, and Dr. Karen Guffey of Georgia State College hosted these events.

Dr. Hislope focused on the subject of birthmarks and the common beliefs of them in different cultures of the Americas. Dr. Biasetti talked about her study on how cognitive workload can determine how well a person can learn a second language. Dr. Guffey also talked about how studying abroad could help people step out of their comfort zone and learn new things about themselves they wouldn’t have learned at home if they willing to participate.

The events of the night concluded with a musical performance by Dr. Martin Jones and Dr. Clara Park. Dr. Jones and Dr. Park are both Doctors of Musical Arts and did a piano duet of Astor Piazzolla’s music, ending the conference beautifully.

Dr. Martin Jones and Dr. Clara Park performed a piano duet to end the conference. (photo by Skyler Mitchell)

Overall, the first day of the conference was an overall success and there is hope this event will become bigger in the next few years by Dr. Heather Chiero.

 

Contact Skyler Mitchell at skmitchell@augusta.edu

The flu and you

By Natasha Ramaswamy |
Co-Editor in Chief

According to the CDC, it is estimated that “since 2010, [the] flu has resulted in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations each year”. However, for weeks now, it has been hard to turn around without hearing about how this year’s flu season has been the worst of recent years by far. To date, 53 pediatric influenza-related deaths have been reported already for the 2017-2018 season, and unfortunately, that number is likely to go up in weeks to come. Continue reading “The flu and you”

AU to host New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Skloot at Imperial Theatre

By Madison Brown |
Online/Design Editor

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Skloot will be at the Imperial Theatre on Friday Feb. 8 to honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells. (photo courtesy of Augusta University)

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Skloot will be at the Imperial Theatre on Friday Feb. 8 to discuss her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She will be joined by members of the Lacks family as they discuss the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the contributions that have been made due to the discovery of her HeLa cells. Continue reading “AU to host New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Skloot at Imperial Theatre”

Eagles win first Super Bowl in franchise history

By Leeroy Francis |
Staff writer

Inside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis before the kickoff of Super Bowl 52, which the Philadelphia Eagles won 41-33 over the New England Patriots. (photo by Jill Martin)

The Philadelphia Eagles are the Super Bowl 52 Champions. Continue reading “Eagles win first Super Bowl in franchise history”