In the Loop

  • Hundreds Mourn UGA Students Killed in Crash


    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    UGA Provost Pamela Whitten mourns with students at a memorial service earlier this evening.

    Hundreds of UGA students, professors and administrators gathered in Tate Plaza Thursday afternoon to mourn four students who died in a car accident in Oconee County Wednesday night.

    The students—Kayla Canedo, 19 and Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody; and Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton—were killed after the Toyota Camry driven by fellow student Agnes Kim crossed the center line on Highway 15 and collided with another car, according to Georgia State Patrol. Kim, 21, of Snellville, is still hospitalized and in critical condition.


  • Fire Engulfs House on Carr's Hill

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    Photo Credit: Kristina Lewis

    “I swear to you on my life I saw that man on fire,” Carly Hildebrant said, wide-eyed and barefoot. She and her brother, Adam Hildebrant, along with his girlfriend Kristina Lewis, live next door to 198B Little St., which was engulfed in a fire Thursday morning.

    No one was killed or seriously injured.


  • Memorial Scheduled for UGA Students Killed in Wreck


    UGA President Jere Morehead issued a statement mourning four students who were killed in a car crash Wednesday night.

    A memorial for four UGA students who died in a car crash in Oconee County Wednesday night will be held at 5 p.m. today at Tate Plaza.

    The students—Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody; and Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton—were killed on Highway 15 when the Toyota Camry they were riding in crossed the center line and collided with another car at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to Georgia State Patrol. The driver, Agnes Kim, 21, of Snellville, is in critical condition, and the other car's driver was hospitalized as well.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities have said they don't believe alcohol was involved.

    UGA President Jere Morehead released a statement on the fatal crash this morning:


  • ACC's Cat Shelter Has Moved


    This is what a cat looks like.

    Effective today, Athens-Clarke County Animal Control's cat shelter has moved from 150 Buddy Christian Way down the street to the same location as the dog pound.

    The dog shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way, near the airport, underwent a $620,000 renovation and expansion that included more dog cages and a dog park as well as new space for cats.


  • Athens Officials Don't Take Sexual Assault Seriously, Survivor Advocate Says


    No local school officials, UGA administrators, county commissioners or law enforcement officials came to a free screening Monday of a documentary about rape culture on college campuses—a sign that the problems highlighted in the film still exist, according to Sally Sheppard, executive director of The Cottage, a nonprofit that counsels sexual assault survivors.

    The Cottage sponsored a screening of The Hunting Ground at Cine last night. Sheppard said she asked the audience if any of the local officials listed above were in attendance.

    The Hunting Ground, released in 2015, follows two University of North Carolina survivors as they become activists and file Title IX claims against their assailants while facing an unsympathetic bureaucracy. The film takes on fraternities and athletics as well, including an interview with the student who accused Jameis Winston, the former star quarterback at Florida State University, of sexually assaulting her.

    Following the screening, Sheppard released a statement criticizing Athens leaders for not taking the sexual assault epidemic in higher education seriously.


  • UGA's Internet and Website Was Down Today

    Very little work or studying probably got done at UGA today as the university's website and internet (now lower case thanks to the AP) access were sluggish and/or completely down.

    UGA's IT folks said the system was experience a distributed denial of service attack. I have no idea what that means, but here's a Wikipedia article.


  • Michael Stipe Might Attend an Anti-Campus Carry Rally on Wednesday


    Michael Stipe has already made it abundantly clear that he opposes Georgia’s “campus carry” bill, and the former R.E.M. frontman expounded on his reasoning in USA Today op-ed published this morning.


  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Apr. 25

    Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.




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