AU hosts WGST Symposium

(Left to Right) Ruth McClelland-Nugent, Angela Bratton, Aspasia Luster, Sudha Ratan and Liana Babayan spoke on challenges of female empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. (Photo: Jamie Sapp)

By Jamie Sapp and Sequoia Sinclair | Editor-in-Chief & Staff Writer

March is known for plenty of things, but it is also recognized as national women’s history month.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program, along with the Women’s Studies Student Association, hosted its 5th biennial symposium at Augusta University in Allgood Hall on Mar. 18. The theme of the symposium was “Year of the Woman? Gender and Power in Action.”

Guest speakers presented topics from the female body in art and literature to trans women health issues throughout the symposium. There were four various sessions with eight panels and four films.   Continue reading “AU hosts WGST Symposium”

Knowing the Strategic Plan: What does it means for Augusta University

The future of Augusta University is currently being decided upon, where many organizations and committees working hard to ensure it survives. Now, students have an opportunity to help improve it.

As of right now, the university is currently working on the Strategic Planning Project, a project trying to improve certain aspects of the university on both school campuses. The plan is currently being put under review, so students and faculty were encouraged to come to the town hall meetings that were held on Mar. 23 and Mar. 24. The meetings were livestreamed for those that could not attend.

In the timeline of the project, the first stage is the preparation of the Strategic Planning Project, which was made in the fall semester of 2016. The current stage is where students and faculty are being aware and engaging in the project. The final stage is where the project is finalized. Continue reading “Knowing the Strategic Plan: What does it means for Augusta University”

Strategic planning gets feedback

Dr. Gretchen Caughman, vice president of academic affairs and provost, and Lee Ann Liska, CEO of AU Medical Center, discussed the Strategic Planning Project on Mar. 24 in the Maxwell Theatre. (Photo: Skyler Mitchell)

By Skyler Mitchell | Staff Writer

Augusta University is planning a big change in how it is going to be run and university officials are looking for feedback before it is put into place.

Augusta University is currently going through a change in planning, which is called the Strategic Planning Project. The project is supposed to focus on changing things like education, economic development, research and clinical care. The plan is currently in its second stage and being put under review. Continue reading “Strategic planning gets feedback”

Alumni share readings at Writer’s Weekend

By Austin Wright | Copy Editor

March heralded the Annual Augusta Writer’s Weekend as Augusta University students and faculty presented their creative works as well as hosted numerous workshops.

Notable among these events were Julia Elliott and Jim Minick book signings which were held in University Hall Lobby at four. Also of note was the reading by the university’s very own Karen Gillespie, a professor in the English department, of one of her books that was recently published.

One such event held importance in a different way, the AU Creative Writing Alumni Reading which showcased the talents of prominent creative writing majors who have recently graduated. Continue reading “Alumni share readings at Writer’s Weekend”

Preview: “Don’t Touch My Hair,” literally

(Photo: Kashalah Robinson)

By Kashalah Robinson | Contributor

Students from Augusta University and Paine College will be collaborating in an African-American hair show. The event begins on Thursday, Mar. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium at the Health Sciences campus.

Raising awareness and bringing a cultural event to the university was the main goal in putting together the “Don’t Touch My Hair” hair show. Continue reading “Preview: “Don’t Touch My Hair,” literally”

Phi Kappa Phi hosts 18th Annual Student Research and Fine Arts Conference

Students and faculty gathered together for the 18th Phi Kappa Phi Annual Student Research and Fine Arts Conference on Mar. 8 in the JSAC Ballroom. (Photo: Skyler Mitchell)

By Skyler Mitchell | Staff Writer

Members of Phi Kappa Phi gathered in the JSAC Ballroom to have a meeting of minds on Mar. 8.  Students from every department came to share their hard-won knowledge to others and were met with praise.

The honors society of Phi Kappa Phi recently had its 18th Annual Student Research and Fine Arts Conference that was open to the public on a Wednesday afternoon, which was the site of several extraordinary events.

Dr. Pamela Hayward, the leader of the Augusta University chapter, was the presenter of the event.

“I believe this conference is important to show the hard work [of the students] on these projects,” she said after explaining her position in the conference. Continue reading “Phi Kappa Phi hosts 18th Annual Student Research and Fine Arts Conference”

Students respond to fliers

Tamika Harris, armed with a paint brush and a mixture of water and chalk, kneeled down on the sidewalk to show support for the multiple student organizations present. (Photo: Jacob Tomberlin)
Tamika Harris, armed with a paint brush and a mixture of water and chalk, kneeled down on the sidewalk to show support for the multiple student organizations present. (Photo: Jacob Tomberlin)

By Jamie Sapp and Jacob Tomberlin | Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer

Student organizations took to the sidewalks to create unavoidable messages of unity in response to a set of offensive fliers that were placed on the Summerville Campus at Augusta University.

During the week of Feb. 6, a set of racially charged fliers were placed on campus in several locations which include the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC), Washington Hall, and the D. Douglas Barnard Amphitheatre. Messages in the fliers included “Protect Your Heritage” and “Identity Europa.”

Fliers were also placed on the campus of Augusta Technical College, along with other universities around the nation. Continue reading “Students respond to fliers”

A message on the “Ya’ll Means All” editorial

By The Staff

On Feb. 28, the “Ya’ll Means All” editorial was published in which highlighted on combating racism at Augusta University. It has been brought to our attention that the term “white ignorance” in which was used in the editorial was taken offensively to some readers. As a student newspaper organization on campus, one of our main jobs is to minimize harm. Continue reading “A message on the “Ya’ll Means All” editorial”

Ya’ll Means All: Use your knowledge to combat racism

In the week of February 6, 2017, a set of racially charged fliers appeared on the Summerville campus. They were subtle yet direct messages to non-white students at Augusta University. In addition to Summerville being affected, Augusta Tech and other universities also dealt with similar fliers. Continue reading “Ya’ll Means All: Use your knowledge to combat racism”

AU Communication Department teams up for the production of Smokefall

Students, faculty and guests appeared at the premiere of the play Smokefall, which became a black tie affair event. (Photo: Jamie Sapp)
Students, faculty and guests appeared at the premiere of the play Smokefall, which became a black tie affair event. (Photo: Jamie Sapp)

By Sequoia Sinclair | Staff Writer

The Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre lit up in stars. Literally.

The AU Department of Communication and The Agency hosted a red carpet event on November 10, 2016, in light of Augusta University’s premiere production of Noah Haidle’s play Smokefall.

Students, faculty and members of the Augusta community gathered around to take photos on the red carpet near the theatre’s entrance and were offered hors d’oeuvres and punch. There was even a contest for best dressed, which included first prize winners Amanda Hamilton and Benjamin Wallace. Continue reading “AU Communication Department teams up for the production of Smokefall”