In the Loop

  • UGA African Studies Institute Vandalized


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    University of Georgia police were contacted Sunday afternoon after visitors on UGA’s North Campus noticed that an exterior glass door had been shattered at the African Studies Institute in the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, named for the two black students who integrated the university in 1961.

    According to a statement released by UGA police, “the door was found to have damage to the lower half, consistent with being kicked.” The reporting officer contacted UGA Facilities Management Department to secure the door and clean up the glass. There was no other damage to the building.


  • Morehead Releases Stronger Statement on Travel Ban


    University of Georgia President Jere Morehead emailed a "personal follow-up" to the UGA community this afternoon on President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travel from seven Muslim nations.

    An initial statement released this morning—taken almost verbatim from an email University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley sent to college presidents—was met with derision among some faculty and students for its stilted language. For example, one professor referred to it on social media as "weak sauce," while another called it "tepid, at best."

    The latest statement reads:


  • Lawyers Fight for Travelers Trapped by Trump


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    Lawyers work at Dulles International Airport.

    Lawyers huddled up, poring over papers on the floor of Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington D.C. a couple hundred feet away from the throngs of protesters cheering, chanting and welcoming home people coming out of customs from international flights.

    Since President Donald Trump signed a poorly considered and chaotically implemented executive order banning immigrants, refugees and even green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries on Friday evening—stranding people already in transit to the U.S.—these lawyers have been busting their asses.

    “I could quit my job and just file Habeas writs,” one said. Her colleague laughed wearily.


  • UGA: No One Affected by Trump Travel Ban


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    No UGA faculty or students were affected by the executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday restricting travel from seven predominately Muslim nations, according to the university.

    UGA President Jere Morehead, Pamela Whitten, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten and Associate Provost for International Education Noel Fallows released a statement this morning:


  • UGA Announces Need-Based Scholarship Program


    Diversity and inclusion in the student body and various academic disciplines and research initiatives will be the University of Georgia’s priorities, UGA President Jere Morehead said Wednesday during his annual State of the University address.

    Of all the achievements and awards the university has earned over the past year, receiving the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award exemplified that “diversity and inclusion are core values of this university,” Morehead said. “We will continue to provide support and resources here to become even more connected.”

    In order to help recruit students from different financial backgrounds, Morehead introduced the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, a scholarship matching program that would generate 400–600 new need-based scholarships. Any gifts in the amount of $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 will be matched by the UGA Foundation. As these endowments grow, so will the size of the scholarship award.


  • Two Ex-Commissioners Up for Downtown Post

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    Two former Athens-Clarke County commissioners are among the finalists to head the Athens Downtown Development Authority.

    Linda Ford represented Five Points from 1999–2003. David Lynn represented the Prince Avenue area from 2003–2011.

    A third finalist, William Herbig, is currently a program director at the Congress fort he New Urbanism in Washington, D.C., and former director of urban design for the Midtown Alliance in Atlanta. He studied architecture and historic preservation at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and holds a bachelor's degree in urban policy studies from Georgia State University and a master's in city planning from Georgia Tech.


  • ACC Restricts Parking at World of Wonder Playground


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    The new World of Wonder playground that reopened in December is popular—a little TOO popular.

    In response to what Athens-Clarke County officials call "dangerous situations that have been created for vehicles and pedestrians in the area, particularly children," the county government has instituted new parking restrictions at the Southeast Clarke Park playground.

    Parking on the Whit Davis Road shoulder has been banned, and anyone who parks there can be towed by ACC police.


  • Photo Gallery: Athens Womens' March

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    As more than 1 million women (and men) marched on Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, Athens was having its own women's march, which drew several hundred people to the Classic Center—home of the Athena statue—in spite of being somewhat hastily organized. 

    Reader Brendan Vaganek was kind enough to send along photos of some of his favorite signs:


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