Augustans have nonviolent protests in response to George Floyd murder

Protestors in downtown Augusta march along Broad Street to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (photo by Emily Garcia)

By Emily Garcia

In response to the recent murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, Augusta University students have been participating in protests in the Augusta area. Continue reading “Augustans have nonviolent protests in response to George Floyd murder”

Blackout Tuesday comes to Augusta and social media

Brett Swain |
Staff writer

Tuesday, June 2, was a unique day for social media. It was Blackout Tuesday. This was a day when people posted a black screen on their page and took the day off from social media. The time people normally would be on social media would be focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and understanding more about it. Many in the Augusta community came together for this historic event. Continue reading “Blackout Tuesday comes to Augusta and social media”

AU Athletics announces 2020 Sherrill Athletic Awards; Quarles gets coaching honor

Sharon Quarles (R), who led the Jaguars to their second straight PBC volleyball tournament title, won the Dick Wallace Coach of the Year Award. (staff photo)

Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer

The 2019-2020 athletic year was filled with many accomplishments along with an unfortunate ending due to the novel coronavirus. At the end of every school year, the Augusta University Athletics Department hosts the William Sherrill athletic banquet at Christenberry Fieldhouse to honor student-athletes. Because of the virus, the banquet could not be held at Christenberry Fieldhouse and was done virtually instead on Thursday, May 29, as the award winners were recognized via social media. Continue reading “AU Athletics announces 2020 Sherrill Athletic Awards; Quarles gets coaching honor”

Keel: AU to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall

AU President Brooks lays out the university’s plan for re-opening in August in a June 2 virtual town hall meeting.

Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

Dr. Brooks Keel said Augusta University’s would return to face-to-face instruction in its fall reopening at a virtual town hall on June 2, but he also cautioned that the university would have to be flexible. Continue reading “Keel: AU to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall”

How viable is Trump’s executive order targeting social media?

President Donald Trump makes an executive order based on having two tweets labeled by Twitter. (illustration by Emily Garcia)

Emily Garcia  |
Staff writer

Although dressed in legal jargon and political atmospherics, media law scholars agree that President Trump’s executive order announced on May 28 is already dead on arrival. Continue reading “How viable is Trump’s executive order targeting social media?”

AU chapter of AAUP discusses changes for fall semester

Hannah Joslin |
Staff writer

The Augusta University chapter of the American Association of University Professors hosted a virtual meeting on Friday, May 22, to discuss concerns about what the fall semester will look like. Continue reading “AU chapter of AAUP discusses changes for fall semester”

Augusta University holds virtual commencement

Outing AU Provost Gretchen Caughman performs the master of ceremonies role for the last time.

Brett Swain |
Staff writer

Augusta University held its spring 2020 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30, after the live ceremony at James Brown Arena scheduled for May 8 had to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading “Augusta University holds virtual commencement”

AU town hall scheduled for June 2 to discuss fall return and budget

The AU Summerville campus has been deserted since mid-March; plans to re-open in August are expected to be announced June 2. (photo by Jenna Ingalls)

Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

Augusta University’s President Brooks Keel is hosting another virtual town hall meeting on June 2 at 2 p.m. to address the action plan and budget submitted May 25 and the university’s strategy for returning to campus in the fall. Continue reading “AU town hall scheduled for June 2 to discuss fall return and budget”

Church v. church: On the president deeming houses of worship essential

Like many Augusta churches, Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in the Summerville neighborhood of Augusta has been televising its services during the pandemic. (staff photo)

Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

This time last year, I was prepping for the last days of vacation Bible school and the summer mission trip. I was at the church nearly every day for meetings, preparations or times of fellowship. Even now while social distancing, I still engage with many church activities throughout the week online. Continue reading “Church v. church: On the president deeming houses of worship essential”

The Pandemic File: Struggles and successes of online classes

Professor Pamela Hayward says the challenge in Spring 2020 was switching from face-to-face to virtual instruction in March. (staff photo)

Brett Swain |
Staff writer

Organization skills are something every student and professor has to have in order to succeed in academia. The COVID–19 pandemic has caused everyone to transition to online classes. Continue reading “The Pandemic File: Struggles and successes of online classes”

This Memorial Day, look beyond cliches to really support our troops

Memorial Day is a time for sober reflection on the sacrifices military families make. (photo by Emily Garcia)

Emily Garcia |
Staff writer

Being a military child was never easy. By the time I was 16, I had attended at least eight schools, including two different high schools. Unlike so many of my friends from civilian families, I never got the chance to grow up in one town and graduate high school with the same people I graduated kindergarten with. Continue reading “This Memorial Day, look beyond cliches to really support our troops”

Richmond County marshal’s campaign signs vandalized

One of Richmond County Marshal Ramone Lamkin’s re-election campaign signs, on Gordon Highway. (photo by Jenna Ingalls)

Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

A number of Richmond County Marshal Ramone Lamkin’s campaign signs were vandalized on May 19. Continue reading “Richmond County marshal’s campaign signs vandalized”

AU town hall discusses plans to reopen in Fall 2020

AU Provost Gretchen Caughman says AU will have its fall plan ready for approval by the University System of Georgia for the fall ready by Monday, May 25.

Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

Augusta University’s plans for reopening its campuses are to be submitted to University System of Georgia for approval by May 25, said Gretchen Caughman, AU’s provost, in the most recent AU town hall meeting held online. Continue reading “AU town hall discusses plans to reopen in Fall 2020”

All summer sports camps at AU cancelled

Augusta University Volleyball Camp from 2019; all AU sports camps are closed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. (photo by AU Athletics)

Erin Burditt |
Sports writer

Augusta University will not be having its annual summer sports camps this year, according to AU Athletics Director Clint Bryant. Continue reading “All summer sports camps at AU cancelled”

A memorable year in AU athletics, marred by virus shutdown

Rafael Monteiro (22) finished his career with a banner season for the Jaguars. He is the Bell Ringer Male Athlete of the Year. (photo by Shelby Foster)

Erin Burditt and Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer
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This past academic year for Augusta University athletics saw several Jaguar teams continue their success and some teams struggle. There were championships in men’s cross-country and in (women’s) volleyball. However, 2019-20 will long be remembered as the year that spring sports and the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament were cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading “A memorable year in AU athletics, marred by virus shutdown”

Learning sports communication on the job during a pandemic

Erin Burditt works during an Augusta University softball game as part of his sports media internship with AU Athletics’ media relations office. (photo by Amber Routh)

Erin Burditt |
Sports writer

Working in the sports world has always been a dream of mine. Continue reading “Learning sports communication on the job during a pandemic”

AU summer sports camps may be cancelled due to pandemic

A bird’s eye view of the 2019 Augusta University Volleyball Camp. (photo by AU Athletics)

Erin Burditt |
Sports writer

Each year Augusta University normally hosts numerous sports camps throughout the summer that include softball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, and volleyball. Continue reading “AU summer sports camps may be cancelled due to pandemic”

AU athletes trying to stay in shape amid the coronavirus pandemic

With no practice allowed, Jaguar athletes have had to work out on their own. Athletes for all sports cannot contact coaches about the progress of their workouts. (photo by AU Athletics)

Erin Burditt |
Sports writer

The country has been going through the novel coronavirus pandemic for more than a month, and we are seeing how it is affecting many aspects of our lives, including sports. Continue reading “AU athletes trying to stay in shape amid the coronavirus pandemic”

Plan for AU campuses to open Fall 2020

The Summerville campus of Augusta University has been a ghost town for the past five weeks. (staff photo)

By Haley Knight |
Editor-in-Chief

President Brooks Keel announced during a town hall meeting on April 30 that Augusta University is planning to reopen campuses Fall 2020. Continue reading “Plan for AU campuses to open Fall 2020”

COVID-19 having adverse impact on international students

By Brittany Wells |
Staff writer

Undergraduate students around the world have reported experiencing job loss, ruined life plans, social deprivation, stress and difficulty concentrating on their classwork due to the Coronavirus. Continue reading “COVID-19 having adverse impact on international students”

At-home learning tips from a former home-schooler

By Casey Combs |
Staff writer

Growing up as a home-school student provided me with a unique advantage to the current transfer to online college classes. Although I’ve adapted to real-life college over the past three years, COVID-19 has forced me to get back to my roots. Here are some of the best tips for making the most of at-home learning from a former home-school student. Continue reading “At-home learning tips from a former home-schooler”

Retired TE Gronkowski traded to Buccaneers

By River Gracey |
Sports writer

The rich just keep getting richer.

The New England Patriots are trading formerly retired tight end Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round draft pick in next week’s NFL Draft, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Gronkowski will be joining a team that signed three-time league most valuable player and former teammate Tom Brady earlier this spring. Continue reading “Retired TE Gronkowski traded to Buccaneers”

Jobless during COVID-19

By Heather Jones |
Staff writer

The shock of being out of job because of a virus is terrifying to say the least. Now I realize that I underestimated this situation entirely by thinking I would never lose my job to something that sounded for a while to be less threatening than the flu. Continue reading “Jobless during COVID-19”

Tax time with COVID-19

By Sam Turner |
Staff writer

Since COVID-19 hit Augusta, many things have changed for businesses and local schools. However, one “event” that has not been cancelled is tax season. Continue reading “Tax time with COVID-19”