Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything

Games played in empty gyms (and stadia) became the norm in 2020, as the novel coronavirus pandemic made for major changes in sports. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Micah Weathers |
Sports contributor

The year 2020 pushed through the tough defender of COVID-19 with its abbreviated slate of sports competitions in front of usually very small audiences, or none at all. Continue reading “Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything”

West leads AU women to win over UNC Pembroke

Zairya West (0) led the Jaguars with 17 points and three assists in the 77-51 win over UNC Pembroke. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Jack Johnson |

The Augusta University women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Carolina at Pembroke 77-51 at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Dec. 5 in the Jaguars’ second game of the season. Continue reading “West leads AU women to win over UNC Pembroke”

UPDATE: Letters to the editor

Augusta University digital countdown to the Fall of 2020 in-person commencement held on Dec. 11.

The following letter was written in an email from Kitteren A. Jester, senior psychology major, to Dr. Zach Kelehear, interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, regarding the in-person commencement ceremony on Dec. 11:

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

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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”

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”

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.

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The COVID Report with David Blake: What is aerosol transmission?

Wednesday, Sept. 9

The word for today is “aerosol.” An aerosol is a suspension of droplets in air. In this case, of course, we are talking about small droplets, or aerosols. Most of the spread of COVID-19 is aerosol transmission, and not fomite, or large droplet. Fomite means surfaces are contaminated. You can have fomite transmission when you touch a fomite surface, and then touch a mucus membrane like your mouth. Large droplets are those respiratory droplets with a range of about six feet before they fall to the ground. Small droplets are aerosols, and there is no range. Continue reading “The COVID Report with David Blake: What is aerosol transmission?”

The COVID Report with David Blake: College outbreaks

Tuesday, Sept. 1

University System of Georgia colleges are back in town, and COVID is spreading at some of them.

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Former Jag standout Monteiro signs with Brazilian pro team

Rafael Monteiro finished with more than 1,850 points for his college career. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

Rafael Monteiro, a recent Augusta University graduate and former player on the men’s basketball team, inked a professional contract with the E.C. Pinheiros São Paolo basketball team recently. Continue reading “Former Jag standout Monteiro signs with Brazilian pro team”