Arts & Leisure Round-Up

November 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

UGA’s journalism college honors Conrad Fink, reads an Athens Banner-Herald headline. The professor was honored as a Grady Fellow for his contributions to the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

St. Mary’s radio station owner dies at home
The Florida Times-Union reports that Jim Steele, owner and president of WKBX FM 106 in Kingsland, Ga., died at his home on Nov. 27. Steele recently donated 265 vintage broadcast microphones to the Peabody Awards program in the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

The thanks we owe to mentors like Conrad Fink
UGA Grady College alumnus Kyle Wingfield (ABJ ’01) discusses his experiences as one of Conrad Fink’s students, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abstinence-only education does not lead to abstinent behavior, UGA researchers find
An analysis reports that states that have abstinence-only education in public schools have higher teen pregnancy and birth rates than states that have more comprehensive sex education programs, according to The Red & Black.

Alumni lament upcoming demolition of Rutherford Hall
The Red & Black reports that alumni struggle with the University’s decision to demolish a historical dorm filled with many memories. Rutherford Hall will be transformed into a residence hall for the “21st century student” starting in the fall of 2013.

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UGA’s Peabody Awards Issues 71st Annual Call for Entries, reads a PRNewswire headline. The deadline to submit original broadcasts, cablecasts and webcasts is January 13, 2012.

Writing on the Wall: ‘Innovative’ street art creates, destroys
The Red and Black profiles graffiti artists, including Toast, a local artist who is also a University of Georgia employee.

Blood drive competition pits University students against Tech donors, pint for pint
UGA’s Students for the American Red Cross co-hosts a blood-donating competition between UGA and Georgia Tech, The Red and Black reports.

Boyd lecturer speaks on importance of photography in conservation work
The Red and Black reports that National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum delivered the 2011 Boyd Lecture, titled “The Big Picture: Communicating Conservation in a Complex World.”

1 for 1 fundraiser aims to help hungry Athenians, an Athens Banner-Herald headline reads. Barnett Shoals Road Chick-fil-A owner Matt Kirby gives away one hot chicken sandwich for every sandwich bought at his store.

Campaign aims to improve UGA’s recycling rate
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that UGA students facilitated the UGA Recycling Awareness Day this week to boost the university community’s recycling participation.

Korean authors discuss publishing limitations overseas
UGA’s comparative literature department co-sponsored “Encounter 2011: A Bilingual Reading with Korean Authors” an event featuring two Korean authors reading excerpts from their short stories and answering questions, The Red and Black reports.

Arts & Leisure Round-Up

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Peabody Awards pay respects to CBS Commentator Andy Rooney
UGA Today reports the George Foster Peabody Awards family join millions around the nation to mourn the loss of 92-year-old Andy Rooney, whose essays capped “60 Minutes” for more than 30 years.

UGA architects win top design award
For its redesign of Stegeman Coliseum on South Campus, UGA’s architect office will receive the American Institute of Architects 2011 Georgia Honor Design Award, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

Colombo named managing editor of Rome News-Tribune
UGA alumnus Mike Colombo, who has been deputy editor of the Rome News-Tribune since 1999, has been named managing editor, reports the Rome News-Tribune.

New food safety law is in place but lacks funding for implementation
UGA food microbiologist Michael Doyle was quoted in the St. Louis Beacon regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Regents approve demolition of old, UGA dorm
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the Board of Regents Committee on Real Estate and Facilities voted unanimously to demolish Rutherford Hall. The next step is a full vote by the Board of Regents.

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Georgia hosts International Summit on Food Safety
UGA recently held its fourth International Summit on Emerging Issues in Food Safety and Marketing. The university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted scientists from China and Taiwan, among other experts, reports the Southeast Farm Press.

University Historian Nash Boney responsible for keeping University history up-to-date, reports The Red and Black. Boney compiles UGA’s history and is able to make predictions about the future.

UGA student group aims to reduce food waste
The UGA Campus Kitchen Task Force tackles hunger and wasted food, The Macon Telegraph reports.

Feminist beat poet Waldman to visit University of Ga. for lectures, readings In November
The Republic reports that Anne Waldman will visit Athens this week and perform at local venues Ciné and Athica. Waldman co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colo.

UGA alum’s book tells story of strength
Frank Stanfield will share his first book, “Unbroken,” at the Grady College Alumni Authors Showcase on Nov. 3, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

UGA students gear up for a week of homecoming fun
Homecoming festivities include a concert by The Cool Kids and Hoodie Allen, a carnival and a parade, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

Sports Round-Up

October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Clemson, USC and UGA  players got a shot in the UFL
Six former University of Georgia athletes showed off their skills this season as employees of the United Football League, the Anderson Independent Mail reports.

On-field success props up recruiting, reads an headline. UGA is making its way into the BCS standings for the first time since 2008. Are the elite prospects gravitating toward the Bulldogs?

Ranking the Five All-Time Greatest Traditions in Georgia Bulldogs Football History
A Bleacher Report columnist reminisces on his favorite experiences between the hedges, including the pre-game Dawg Walk and Calling the Dawgs during every kickoff.

Georgia falls to Alabama in Tuscaloosa
The UGA volleyball team lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday, bringing its record to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in the Southeastern Conference, The Red and Black reports.

Ugly game, beautiful result for Georgia
Anderson Independent Mail reports the University of Georgia’s 24-20 football victory over the Florida Gators Saturday. The Bulldogs’ record is now 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the SEC.

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No excuse for coaches behaving badly, reads a headline on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website. Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was in a postgame confrontation with Vanderbilt University’s James Franklin.

SEC investigating Georgia-Vandy fracas
The Southeastern Conference began an investigation into the heated exchange between UGA’s Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, ESPN reports.

Former UGA Quarterback David Greene Helps Raise Money for Kids Affected by HIV/AIDS in Savannah
UGA HEROs held a fundraiser to help youth in Savannah attend Camp High Five, a summer program designed for kids affected by HIV/AIDS. Former UGA quarterback David Greene was the special guest, the WSAV website reports.

Dawgs have 3 in updated ESPNU 150
ESPN reports that UGA is in the mix for the most desired commitments in the country, including the school’s top commits, John Theus of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jonathan Taylor of Millen, Ga.

UGA Mark Richt sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to football recruit
Newnan High School’s Tray Matthews received a personalized birthday wish from UGA head coach Mark Richt. Matthews turned 17 Tuesday, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Workshop combines social media, advocacy

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dr. Donna Bliss explains the importance of social media while showing off her smartphone.

For the University of Georgia student body, social media can be integrated in many facets of everyday life. But for Donna Bliss, an associate professor in the UGA School of Social Work, social media exploration sparked education.

During September, Bliss coordinated the workshop, “Using Social Media to Advocate for Your Cause.” The idea stemmed from her exploring how to become a better advocate through digital and social media.

Bliss’ main research interest is addiction, and she uses digital media to advocate for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction through a string of websites for Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Savannah.

“Social work is about advocating for vulnerable populations, and not growing up with this medium myself it was sort of like learning a second language,” Bliss said. “Even though these kinds of media are only a few years old, I really believe they’re such a part of our lives.”

Bliss sees social media as more than just a way to share personal information and believes the digital revolution can be compared to the onset of telephones or TV.

“Digital and social media [are] ubiquitous in the world, they’re more than just a way for people to share pictures to their friends of what they did,” she said. “They’re very powerful tools that can advocate or market whatever you’re interested in.” home page

It is important for students to understand that they can be independently influential, especially those in social work, Bliss said. Social media can be used to broadcast advocacy internationally.

“Say you want to advocate for the environment or for kids; before you would write letters to the editor, maybe send a letter to your congressperson, maybe sign petitions,” Bliss said, “Those are fine but they are limited in scope.”

While encouraging her students to actively use social media as a vehicle to promote a cause important to them, Bliss’ cause is social media use.

“I’m actually advocating for [students] to use [social media] to advocate for what they want, because I think these tools are so powerful” she said.

Deborah Harnishfeger, a graduate student in the School of Social Work from Athens, said Bliss is a consistently excellent teacher.

“She’s so thought provoking and always encourages students to speak out,” Harnishfeger said. “In Dr. Bliss class I’m really seeing just how powerful and useful the social presence can be. It’s really been inspiring.”

Though all social networks have their strengths and weaknesses, Bliss believes at minimum a company or organization should have a website to use as its platform for a Facebook and Twitter presence.

Bliss’ heavy interest in multimedia and social advocacy and inspiration from students has her considering the development of independent research opportunities for students to work with local nonprofit organizations by revamping outdated websites and creating rich, integrated social media packages.

“I’m going to keep exploring and going forward because I think that’s what young people and students need to do, too,” she said. “There isn’t a lot of research out there on the best ways to do this, so you get to be a pioneer.”

Campus outliers transcend University society

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most people do not remember puberty too fondly. But for Ryan Pemberton, a fourth year studying Forestry and Wild Life Sciences at the University of Georgia, the thought of puberty is exciting and he cannot wait to begin the process all over again.

“Taking hormones will make me basically go through boy puberty,” he said. “Woohoo!”

Pemberton’s voice will drop, his fat deposits will redistribute to where they would be in a male body, and he will experience acne. His muscle mass will shift as well and he will be able to gain muscle easily. Pemberton’s hairline will recede and although he hopes that he won’t go bald, he stressed that things like that just come with the territory. Eventually his facial hair will come in and he will experience enlargement of the sexual organ.

Ryan Pemberton, a senior Forestry and Wild Life Sciences major at the University of Georgia. Photo by Sophie Cox.

“Basically the clitoris will get bigger,” he said. “Nothing that your partner would be in shock about or too impressed with, but there will be a tiny penis there. And it will be fully functional.”

Before Pemberton came to college, he had never heard of the term transgender. He believed that he was stuck in a body that he hated and couldn’t relate to, and that there was nothing he could do about it.

When Pemberton got to UGA, however, he met his first transperson who had gone from female to male.

“I was just fascinated with him because I was just like ‘I want that, I want what he has,” Pemberton said. “I had never thought it was possible.”

Pemberton has since done extensive research on the transitioning process from female to male and hopes to start hormones as soon as he has time. He also plans on legally changing his name before finals, a process that will help solidify his transition in the eyes of his professors and UGA.

“My name on the roll in class says Whitney Michelle Pemberton and oh gosh, I’ve always hated that name,” he said. “I’m telling all my friends ‘Hey, this is who I am, call me Ryan, call me he,’ and then I go to class and the professor calls out ‘Whitney’ and it just feels like a punch to the stomach.”

Although situations like these don’t bother Pemberton as much as they used to when he was first starting to transition, he does think that UGA could make some improvements in how they accommodate transpeople. Pemberton laments that students are often narrow-minded about transpeople and that UGA should make an effort to educate people about the trans community. He fears that not a lot of people know much about the queer community and that what they do know, they learn from their parents who tend to be more conservative and unwilling to accept the queer community.

“So you end up with a lot of close-minded students who get to college and they are very ignorant about the transgender community,” he said.

Jennifer Miracle, the Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs for the LGBTQ Resource Center, has devoted her time to educating the UGA community on LGBTQ issues in order to make students like Pemberton feel more comfortable on campus.

Jennifer Miracle, the Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs for the LGBTQ Resource Center. Photo by Sophie Cox

“Universities all over the country are trying to figure out a way to make campuses not only safe, but inclusive,” Miracle said. “UGA needs to embrace people when they come here, regardless of how they identify.”

Miracle noted that UGA could also work on its housing accommodations for incoming transgender students. UGA does not have an option currently where people can live in a gender-neutral environment and students must be placed based on their legal gender. Miracle is hopeful that one day there will be a safe gender-neutral space on campus.

“I think we have a lot of allies in housing, but the fact of the matter is we are a state institution, so I don’t know how high up the decision would have to come from,” she said. “I don’t know that if we had support all the way up to President Adams that we could necessarily get the support from the state legislature.”

For Dr. Janine Aronson, a professor of Management Information Systems in UGA’s Terry College of Business, her transition from male to female came later in life. Aronson went fulltime as a transwoman in December 2009, and after over 20 years at UGA teaching as a man, she was a bit nervous about keeping her job. Since UGA does not protect gender identity under its antidiscrimination policy, neither Pemberton nor Aronson have any legal protection.

Miracle would like to see the nondiscrimination policy change to include gender identity, noting that it is difficult to create a safe space for transpeople on campus if they aren’t even recognized as a protected group of people. Pemberton stated that he would feel more comfortable as a university student if gender identity was added and that he worries sometimes that a professor could punish him academically just because of his gender identity.

UGA, however, has been what Aronson calls “surprisingly kind” and extended its anti discrimination policy to protect her.

Dr. Janine Aronson, professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Georgia. Photo by Sophie Cox.

“I don’t know why the University would do that,” she said. “But I guess the real reason is that there’s no reason not to protect me. I’m grateful, however, that the University extended protection to me because I’ve heard that other educational institutions aren’t as gay friendly.”

With help from Miracle and the LGBTQ Resource Center, Aronson came out to her department during a meeting. The group did a workshop and Miracle helped Aronson explain the situation.

“I just go up there and said that I was transsexual and part of the treatment was living fulltime as female,” Aronson said. “And then my friend Jennifer took over and explained. It was all very powerful.”

Aronson recalls that one of the Doctorate students in her department asked if she would be wearing women’s clothing and makeup from now on.

“What they didn’t realize was that I was already wearing makeup and more androgynous clothing, they just hadn’t noticed,” Aronson said.

One of Aronson’s colleagues jokingly asked her if she would be putting on makeup in the car on the way to school and Aronson responded “no, heavens, no. If I used mascara in the car, I’d poke my eye out. I’ve already come close a couple of times.”

Although living as a transwoman has its ups and downs, for Aronson, life is good. She admits there are bumps, but that she and others learn from those bumps. Most of the negative response from UGA about her transitioning process has come from students. Back in 2010, Aronson and the other MIST staff had some issues with a few kids in the program who were laughing at Aronson. Some of the students responsible were what Aronson calls leaders in the program, and when she questioned them about the issue, the students were embarrassed that they had treated her so poorly.

“I told the students that this wasn’t funny, that people don’t do this for grins,” she said. “This is a serious medical condition and by transitioning and living as a woman, I’m getting the treatment I need.”

Sports Round-Up

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Top UGA Receiver won’t play against Vandy, reads a headline on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website. Malcolm Mitchell will be sidelined because of a pulled hamstring this week. The freshman leads the Bulldogs with 25 catches for 438 yards.

UGA’s Gilliard, Walsh receive player-of-week honors from SEC
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that inside linebacker Mike Gilliard was named Defensive Player of the Week while placekicker Blair Walsh was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Both players received awards for their performance during last week’s victory against Tennessee.

UGA notes: Ogletree set to return at linebacker
Starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is back on the field after being out since the first quarter of the season, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dawgs inspire 2014 RB commit
ESPN reports that 2014 Bulldog commitment Stanley Williams used the team’s rough start this season as an example to encourage his own high school team not to give up and to keep fighting.

O-line recruit Greg Pyke ready to experience ‘big college campus life’
Pyke, a 6-foot-6 315-pound commit from Baltimore, Md., said one of  the main reasons he committed to UGA is because of the size of the school. The offensive lineman comes from an all-boy private school with less than 300 students, The Red & Black reports.

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UGA’s Crowell earns SEC weekly honors
University of Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell has been awarded the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, reports The Gainesville Times.

Todd Grantham has put the Bite Back in the Bulldog Defense, reads a Bleacher Report headline. Grantham’s work with the team has resulted in a “moderate growth” in defensive performance.

Richt educates UGA fans on how to disrupt MSU’s offense
We don’t want them to communicate well.  We want them to have trouble hearing each other and we want offensive lineman to jump offsides,” said Mark Richt when addressing the fans on

MSU wants to find balance in ground game
In response to Mark Richt’s request for fans to make more noise and prevent Mississippi State University’s coaching staff from communicating effectively, Coach Dan Mullen said his coaching staff will use more hand signals and big play boards, reports The Commercial Dispatch.

UGA’s Rambo plays through loss of unborn son
Braylin A. Rambo died last Thursday of late-pregnancy complications, and Bacarri played his heart out against Ole Miss last Saturday collecting two interceptions, four tackles and one pass breakup for the Bulldogs. His son was laid to rest Monday with Bacarri in attendance, reports

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