Blog Topic: On Campus

  • In the Loop: Justice Clarence Thomas Visited UGA This Week


    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas quietly visited Athens earlier this week to speak to students and faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law.

    On Monday morning, Thomas spoke at a breakfast reception for law faculty members.

    On Tuesday, Thomas lectured to students about his life and allowed law school students to ask about the practice of law and his legal career. He also talked to a class titled “Excessive Force and Section 1983.”

    All the events Justice Thomas attended were private and closed to the media, Heidi Murphy, the director of communications and public relations for the University of Georgia School of Law, told Flagpole earlier this week.


  • Culture Briefs: Live Review: Julie Fowlis at Hodgson Hall


    Photo Credit: Donald McLeod

    Award-winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis graced the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall stage Wednesday night for a program of new and traditional Irish folk songs.


  • In the Loop: UGA Student Accused of Using Racial Slur at Football Game

    A white University of Georgia student is under investigation after being accused of shouting a racial slur at Saturday's Georgia–Tennessee game.

    Student Klarissa Gulebian posted in the "Overheard at UGA" Facebook forum that someone yelled "put that [n-word] in the game," apparently referring to quarterback Justin Fields, a highly rated freshman who is black and whom some fans prefer over starter Jake Fromm.

    The person was later identified as baseball player Adam Sasser. He is under investigation by the UGA Equal Opportunity Office for violating the university's non-discrimination and non-harassment policy, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


  • Homedrone: Live Review: Max Richter at Hodgson Hall


    Minimalist electronic composer Max Richter enchanted a sizable and mainly younger audience Sunday at the UGA Performing Arts Center's Hodgson Hall, where he performed alongside the five-piece American Contemporary Music Ensemble.


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Is Coming to UGA



    Trump and Guilfoyle.

    Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend, will visit the University of Georgia next month for the right-wing group Turning Point USA’s Campus Clash.

    TPUSA founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and Communication Director Candace Owens are also scheduled to speak at the event.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s Ramsey Concert Hall.


  • In the Loop: UGA Student Hit by Bus



    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    A University of Georgia bus hit a female student on the East Campus Express route this morning. Witnesses said the student was walking across the crosswalk between Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication building and the back of the university bookstore.

    William Peebles, a freshman animal science major, said he was on the bus that hit the woman.

    “The bus driver made that right turn right there going up to North Campus and hit her,” Peebles said. “I don’t think she was hit hard enough to fall or anything, but I heard the bus driver make a kind of shocked noise when she made that turn.”

    The student did not appear to be severely injured. Peebles said he noticed her holding her hand after the bus hit her.

    Greg Trevor, the executive director of media communication, confirmed the incident occurred but did not release further details.

    “The driver has been sent home pending the completion of a review of the incident,” Trevor said.


  • In the Loop: UGA Students Condemn Library-Wide Email Railing Against Undocumented Immigrants


    A University of Georgia library employee is under investigation by UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office after sending an email via the university-wide library email list stating her controversial views on immigration in June.

    The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs and organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association, NAACP, Listo and MIXED recently received an anonymous letter that contained a copy of the email originally written by the library employee, Kay Altschul. The letter was sent during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15–Oct. 15.

    “To encourage illegal activity and give them food, house and rest and a Country to break our laws. That is how they began their life with our Country. What makes us think they will live with different morals since they’ve crossed over the border illegally? What do we want for this Country now? Total Immorality? Injustice? Chaos? Cheating? Lying? Stealing? Killing?,” the email sent on June 20 reads.


  • Culture Briefs: Documentary on Mary Frances Early, First Black UGA Grad, Airs Tonight


    Photo Credit: courtesy of the University of Georgia

    Mary Frances Early poses near the Arch in 2012.

    A documentary on the first black student to graduate from the University of Georgia will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting at 10:30 p.m. today and again at 11 a.m. Sunday.

    Mary Frances Early: The Quiet Trailblazer premiered in Atlanta last week, and an on-campus screening is being arranged, according to the university. 

    The film was co-produced by Maurice Daniels, professor and dean emeritus of the UGA School of Social Work, and Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity, inclusion and strategic initiatives. It is narrated by former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson.


  • In the Loop: Anti-Abrams Flyers Found Inside Copies of Flagpole Downtown, on Campus


    Photo Credit: @hello_madison/Twitter

    Several weeks ago, we began getting tips from readers that someone (or someones) had been inserting pro-GOP flyers inside random issues of Flagpole. The leaflets, which have been found at various distribution locations downtown and on campus, warned of the evils of antifa and the "Democrat Party" while admonishing readers to "VOTE CONSERVATIVE."

    As Publisher Pete McCommons wrote in his column last week:


  • Culture Briefs: In Defense of the Bird Scooters


    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    Hatching the Idea

    Students returned to school for a new semester to discover a new mode of transportation: electric scooters that anyone can rent. Run by a former Uber and Lyft executive, Bird scooters are rented through the company’s app, and those who use them pay according to how far they ride. 


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