CURS Seminars show recent student research on topics

CURS Brown Bag Seminars
Undergraduate students present their research at the CURS Brown Bag Seminar events for the interests of other students, faculty, and the public in the JSAC Ballroom at Augusta University. (Courtesy of Augusta University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship)

By Natasha Ramaswamy | copy editor

This past semester, the Augusta University Center for Undergraduate Research (CURS), led by the CURS program director Melissa Knap, hosted their 11th bi-annual series of Brown Bag Seminars.

Students from across the university had the opportunity to flock to the JSAC Ballroom to present their original research and scholarship to their peers and faculty on campus while enjoying a complimentary “brown bag” lunch. Continue reading “CURS Seminars show recent student research on topics”


“Fanny’s Fantastic Food Frolic” shows how to live a colorful life  

By Madison Brown | Staff Writer

“Variety is the spice of life,” is a quote from “Fanny’s Fantastic Food Frolic”, a fall production from the Augusta University Department of Communication.

Written by Dr. Melanie Kitchens O’Meara and Dr. Ruth Laurion Bowman, the play shares the message of choosing to live a colorful life, rather than one that is dull and gray.

The play focuses on a young girl named Fanny, Continue reading ““Fanny’s Fantastic Food Frolic” shows how to live a colorful life  “

 Cinema Series serves as a ‘big win’ for those who come 

The Cinema Series logo shines through a foggy window during the screening of ‘Columbus’ on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Maxwell Theatre. (Photo: Zhenya Townley)

By Zhenya Townley | Online + Design editor

Every August and December, communication professor Matthew Buzzell finds himself in New York City. His mission is to find films to bring back to Augusta University to show at the Cinema Series during the semester. Buzzell watches three films a day for five days. Continue reading ” Cinema Series serves as a ‘big win’ for those who come “

#MeToo Helps Millions

By Caroline Grant | Contributor

Actress Alyssa Milano spearheaded the “#MeToo” campaign on Twitter on October 15, a social justice movement dedicated to raising awareness for victims of sexual assault and harassment.

Milano encouraged female victims of these crimes to come forth and tweet the phrase, “#MeToo.” Within 24 hours, the hashtag had been tweeted nearly half a million times.  Continue reading “#MeToo Helps Millions”

HB 280: Is AU still on edge?

By The Staff

In light of Georgia House Bill 280 (HB280), there have been many questions raised about the campus carry law beginning with the differences between concealed carry and open carry.

According to the statute listed under the bill, concealed carry of a weapon is defined as being, “carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others.” In simpler terms, this means that someone, as long as they have the correct permit, is allowed to carry a weapon as long as it is not displayed openly.  Continue reading “HB 280: Is AU still on edge?”

Senior students produce music video for indie rock band 

(Left to Right) Professor Matthew Buzzell and Agency students, Casey Rowland and Elizabeth Hundt, watch together the “Friends” music video for Luna. (Photo Credit: Todd Bennett)


By Jamie Sapp | Editor-in-Chief

Senior communication students worked with an Augusta University professor to create a music video for the indie rock band, Luna, on their new single, “Friends.”

That video will have its world premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.  Continue reading “Senior students produce music video for indie rock band “

Star Wars Reads Day is out of this world

A Save the Date card for Star Wars Reads Day featuring Princess Leia and Wicket on the Moon of Endor. (Photo courtesy of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library)

By Madison Brown | Staff Writer

Now that October has begun, the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library has started preparing for the event that honors everyone’s favorite story set in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars Reads Day.

Star Wars Reads Day is a family-friendly national literacy initiative that was started in 2012 by Lucasfilm. Star Wars Reads Day is held in several cities across the country, such as Los Angeles, Calif., and New York City, N.Y., to celebrate all things Star Wars Continue reading “Star Wars Reads Day is out of this world”

‘Columbus’ captures subtlety in performance and architecture

Courtesy of Superlative Films


By Hannah Ryan | Contributor   

 The 2017 film Columbus was screened on Tuesday as another fall semester Cinema Series feature at the Maxwell Theatre.    

 Directed by Kogonada, the film’s main stars are John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. The story follows a man named Jin (Cho) whose estranged father, an architecture scholar, goes into a coma while on business in Columbus, Ind. Jin must go to Columbus to look after his father. Continue reading “‘Columbus’ captures subtlety in performance and architecture”

Weeks of Welcome brings excitement for students

The picture of the 2021 symbol was taken shortly after Freshman Convocation, where students had the opportunity to listen to several speakers that were a part of the Augusta University staff as well as have a luncheon with the faculty and attend their first class of the semester, Freshman 1101. (Photo Credit: @aug_university on Instagram)

By Madison Brown | Staff Writer

As students began to move into the Augusta University dorms on Aug. 12, the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement due to classes starting on Aug. 16 and welcoming week activities following soon after.

Many freshmen students may have a preconceived idea about welcoming week activities because of movies that show someone starting college for the first time. Everyone has seen those college movies, right? Continue reading “Weeks of Welcome brings excitement for students”

Love a Stranger challenge: Don’t forget to let a stranger love you

By Sequoia Sinclair | Contributor

Suicide is the second leading cause of death between ages 15 and 35, according to the CDC.

College life is a time of excitement and discovery as well as higher risks of stress. These dynamics can create a sense of confusion paired with anxiety. Pressures to succeed can lead to feelings of powerlessness or crisis, increasing the risk of depression and suicide. The “Love a Stranger” challenge is used to encourage students into taking what they’ve learned and using it in practice. Continue reading “Love a Stranger challenge: Don’t forget to let a stranger love you”