Dawg Jog

The UGA Pre-Vet Club is hosting its 4th annual Dawg Jog, Sunday April 6th 2008. The race starts at 8:00am, please arrive at 7:30am. Feel free to bring your 4-legged friends to run with you. Meet at Stegman Coliseum (on Smith Street, UGA campus).

Proceeds go to the Noah's Ark Foundation. You can register for $15 on the day of the race or pre-register for $12 at Tate and Ramsey or by contacting
whitneyk@uga.edu or michmb87@uga.edu. Each participant gets a FREE t-shirt and there are prizes for the top winners! Questions? Email whitneyk@uga.edu or michmb87@uga.edu.


"Contraplano" Iberoamerican short film festival starts tomorrow (Monday March 31) at UGA

[The following text has been copied and pasted from an announcement forwarded to me.]



The goal of this festival is to show to the University and Athens communities a wide range of short films made and produced recently in Spain and Latin America. Short films are not usually available at movie theaters, much less those made in Spain and Latin America. Nevertheless, this format is the way new directors start their careers. This would be a great opportunity to find out what the new generations of film makers are doing in both areas of the Spanish speaking world.

Films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

These films were part of Contraplano 07, an International Short Film Festival held annually in Segovia, Spain.
José Luís Farias, director, producer, and organizer of that Festival, will come to Athens, and will lead the discussions after the screenings.

Join us on April 1st at Little Kings (Downtonwn Athens), from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. There will be a screening of the short film "Limoncello", appetizers and live music.

This event is made possible with the support of:
Contraplano, The Department of Romance Languages, The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, Dr. John Ross, Cachivache (Performance in Spanish), Cali´n´Titos, Little Kings, and Espresso Royale.

For full schedule of films check: Contraplano UGA


Who in Athens could be the new "Back Street Boy"?

I was watching my favorite show last night, celebrity apprentice, and I noticed the BSB was missing a member. Much like REM, the BSB failed to replace their missing member, Kevin Richardson. Hypothetically speaking, if BSB came to Athens to find a replacement for Mr. Kevin, Who would it be?

Jay from the Modern Skirts? He has the voice, but does he have the BSB moves?

Who do you think they would pick?


Threats from the railroad

From the email:

March 27, 2008

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want to inform you about some recent discussions with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Great Walton Railroad.

They have expressed concern and displeasure over students and staff that have been parking on their property, crossing the railroad in areas other than approved crossing sites and climbing on the railcars and trestles.

Please stay off of the railroad as it is private property. Only cross where there is a sidewalk or street that intersects with the railroad.

The University of Georgia Police Department has created an informational section on our website (www.police.uga.edu/railroad) to assist you with safety information regarding railroads.

Please understand that the discussions have resulted in the railroads’ desire to prosecute individuals for criminal trespass if they are found to be on their private property.

I wish to make each and every person aware of these discussions and the railroad’s request so that no one will be arrested.

Please remember the railroad is private property and can be a dangerous area.


Jimmy Williamson
Chief of Police
If the railroad is going to start making legal threats, how about we threaten legal action them for their failure to cut back trees to allow clear vision at the Carlton Street crossing?

Concert at Transmetropolitan

Transmetropolitan, 145 East Clayton Street, 9 p.m.:
Swim Oconee Aquatic Club is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for heaters for their pool. The concert will feature Ken Will Morton, David "Pipes" Wilson, The Heathens, A Tale of two Caleys and Horrible Idea. There will also be door prizes and a raffle. Doors open at 9pm with a $5 cover charge.


Weekend art explosion

On Friday and Saturday, Athens is going to be invaded by artwork and performances in various places open to the public with the Athens Arts Unleashed event. Some of it is unconventional. Read this introduction and look at the brochure (a PDF), or at least be forewarned:
Arts Unleashed is a celebration of Athens’ vibrant arts community. During this weekend, more than sixty Athens poets, musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists take to the streets (and parks and stores) to bring the arts into neighborhoods throughout the city. Many of the works presented during this event are new original pieces. Some are site-specific (designed especially for a certain location), while other activities just transpose art to a place that is untraditional—such as a dog park or a grocery store.


Panel discussion on music downloading at UGA

The University of Georgia and its students are raising awareness of the risks of illegally downloading music or other media and promoting legal alternatives. A panel discussion called "Face the Music" on the topic will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in room 248 of the Student Learning Center (a.k.a. Student Learning Castle). The diverse panel includes a UGA student who was threatened with legal action for downloading, a musician, a professor, a representative from a music downloading company, and media types.

The panel is being organized by the Do It Legally campaign, a group of students in the public relations campaigns course taught by Professor Kaye Sweetser. This campaign is sponsored by the university's Committee on Digital Media Downloading which has members from several departments and the Student Government Association. The university is interested in curbing the use of its network for illegal downloads. Although the university does not monitor its networks for such activities, it has to respond to certain legal requests from the recording industry when it seeks to identify users targeted in lawsuits.

Telepath Live 12/31/07 at Georgia Theater


Women's History Month Film Festivals, discussions & events

Women's History Month Film Festival Continues with:

All My Babies
Today, Monday, March 24
7:00pm in room 248 Student Learning Center

A 1952 Georgia Dept. of Public Health Film, All My Babies, was Intended as a teaching tool for midwives and is an intimate look at the work of rural Georgian African-American midwife “Miss Mary” Coley. In documenting the preparation for and delivery of babies in rural conditions, the filmmakers inadvertently captured a telling snapshot at the socioeconomic conditions of the era along with the inherent racism of the medical establishment. Dr. Nichole Ray will facilitate discussion after the film.

Other events this week:

Monday, March 24
Theatre & Film Studies Departmental Colloquium: Cloris Leachman
When: Mon, Mar 24 @ 12:20 pm
Where: Balcony Theatre (room 300)

Tuesday, March 25
Distinguished Lecturer Event: Emilie du Châtelet- Daring Genius of the Enlightenment. Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Judith Zinsser delivers the lecture. 4:00 p.m. 248 Student Learning Center. Contact: www.cha.uga.edu

R.E.A.L. Talk Tuesday. Sponsored by Intercultural Affairs. Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth? Misogyny and the Music Industry. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 137 Tate Student Center. Contact: 706-583-0271

Film: Blackboards. Sponsored by the UGA Libraries Media Department. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Kurdish with English Subtitles. Part of the Women's Vision Film Series, a celebration of women filmmakers for Women's History Month. This is a blue card event. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m. Media Department Screening Room, 7th floor UGA Main Library. Contact: 706-542-0902, lpfinnig@uga.edu

Wednesday, March 26
Rules of Nature, Rules of Life. Sponsored by the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, faculty of environmental studies at Evergreen State College, gives the talk. Her research is focused on the ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies, particularly the role that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at the ecosystemlevel. She carries out field research with the support of the National Science Foundation and the NationalGeographic Society. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Odum School of Ecology Auditorium. Contact: 706-542-0935, dorindad@uga.edu

Women’s Voices: An Evening with Cynthia Tucker and Isabel Wilkerson. Sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Diversity Committee. In celebration of Women’s History Month. Cynthia Tucker is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner and editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Isabel Wilkerson is a 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner and James M. Cox Professor of Journalism at Emory University. Tucker and Wilkerson discuss their trajectories as journalists, their friendship, and the Pulitzer Prize. Reception to follow. 5:00 p.m. Psychology-Journalizam Plaza Auditorium. Contact: 706-542-5038, murrayd@uga.edu

WHM Film Festival: Film About a Woman Who. Sponsored by the Institute for Women's Studies and the Libraries Media Department. Leanne Finnigan leads a discussion after the film as part of the Women's History Month Film Festival. 7:00 p.m. 248 Student Learning Center. Contact: momolly@uga.edu

Film: Alice Neel. Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the UGA Parents and Families Association. Directed by Andrew Neel, Alice Neel's grandson. Alice Neel (1900-1984) reinvented the genre of portraiture as she painted over six decades. The film documents New York and America in the 20th Century. Professor Bill Paul introduces the film. Alice Neel's portrait of Bill Paul will be on view in the Martha Thompson Dinos Gallery. 7:00 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art, M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. Contact: collardj@uga.edu

Thursday, March 27
Lecture & Panel Discussion: Women, Hip Hop & Social Change

keynote by Dr. Layli Phillips, Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Georgia State U "There Are Many Ways to Talk About Women and Hip Hop, and They're All True: Beyond Rhetoric, Towards What's Next"

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Dr. Layli Phillips, Georgia State University
Dr. Aisha Durham, Women's Studies at UGA
Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, LeGrange College
Dr. Phyllis Jeffers, Uof Cincinatti
Ms. Dawn Hazelton, M.Ed. Student, UGA
Ms. Regina Gavin, Undergrad Student, UGA
Mr. Milton Lewis, Undergrad Student, UGA
Mr. Jamon Holt, Ph.D.Student, UGA

After-party to follow:
"Soul Libations" an evening of spoken word, poetry, song and open mic.
40 Watt downtown Athens
Admission $7
Sponsored by The Institute for African American Studies, The Institute for Women's Studies, The Graduate School and The Office of Institutional Diversity

An Evening with Judge Hatchett. Sponsored by the School of Social Work, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government; OVPPSO, Office of Institutional Diversity, and the Institute for African American Studies. Glenda Hatchett, who presides over the syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, will speak to the community about the juvenile court system and about her sentencing approach. 7:00 p.m. Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Auditorium. Contact: kmsmith@uga.edu

Seminar and Panel Discussion:
The Experiences of Women in Science
Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Rm 1-304
3:30 Refreshments
4:00 Lecture
“Lichens to Lettuce: Women’s Participation in the Culture of Science”
Dr. Margaret Ewing, Professor Emerita, Dept of Zoology, Oklahoma St. U.
5:00 Panel Discussion
Women’s Contributions to (and Contradictions with) the
Sciences in Academia
6:00 Reception (Warnell School, Bldg 4 foyer)

Friday, March 28

IWS Friday Speaker Series: Salt Marsh of the Spirit- Process Theology and Gay Spirituality. Sponsored by the Institute for Women's Studies. Wanda Wilcox, Franklin College advisor, gives the talk. 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. 148 Student Learning Center. Contact: momolly@uga.edu


Women's Vision Film Series - Barbara Loden's Wanda March 18 FREE!

This year Women's History Month celebrates the artistic achievements of women with the theme Women's Art: Women's Vision. The UGA Libraries Media Department will screen films by women directors every Tuesday evening from March 4-April 15, 2008. All screenings will take place at 7:30pm in the Media Department Screening Room on the 7th floor of the Main Library.

To view the entire schedule, click here: UGA Libraries' Blog

Screenings in March are BLUE CARD events for UGA Students. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Barbara Loden, United States
1970, 102 minutes

"Shot in cinema-verité style on grainy 16mm film stock, Wanda tells the story of the unlikely partnership between a coal-mining wife from Pennsylvania (played with sensitivity and brio by the filmmaker herself), dumped by her husband and the men she met while drifting, and a petty crook on the rebound (Michael Higgins), who convinces her to pull a major 'bank job' with him." –Bérénice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema


John Keane teaches music business classes Mar 17-26, Aug 18-27, Nov. 3-12

Music producer John Keane to teach Pro Tools recording workshop for beginners; four-day course offered through UGA’s Music Business Program

Athens, Ga. -- Respected Athens music producer and engineer John Keane will begin teaching a series of four-day workshops at the University of Georgia on the essentials of using Digidesign’s Pro Tools, the music industry standard for digital recording.

The continuing education course will be based on Keane’s popular book, The Musician’s Guide to Pro Tools, which provides a strong foundation in the basics of Pro Tools for home recordists and aspiring audio engineers and producers.

“In this workshop, John teaches valuable, real-world techniques for recording and editing audio,” said Keith Perissi, program coordinator for UGA’s Music Business Program. “For those interested in understanding the full potential of Pro Tools, it’s a great introduction to the system and software.”

Keane has worked on numerous gold and multi-platinum albums, and his Athens studios have hosted a variety or recording artists, such as R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Drivin’N’Cryin, and Widespread Panic. He began using Pro Tools in 1991 and has written two editions of The Musician’s Guide to Pro Tools.

Keane began teaching a segment on Pro Tools this past fall to the undergraduate students enrolled in UGA’s Music Business Certificate Program. That collaboration went so well that the idea was expanded to now include the open-enrollment workshops that will be taught in four evening sessions, Perissi said.

The workshop will be offered three times this year at Caldwell Hall, where the Terry College of Business houses the Music Business Program’s lab. The dates are March 17-26, Aug. 18-27 and Nov. 3-12. It also will be offered once in Atlanta at the Terry Executive Education Center from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3. For schedule details, consult the Music Business Program’s Web site at terry.uga.edu/musicbusiness/ or contact Terry’s Office of Executive Programs, which is partnering with Music Business to present the program.


Concerts at UGA (some free)

All at UGA in the Performing Arts Center.

March 19. Jason Ogg. Saxophone, Ramsey Concert Hall, 6.00 p.m, FREE
March 20. 2nd Thursday Concert, Brahms' German Requiem. UGA Concert Choir, University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists, Hodgson Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m. 15$/7$ UGA students
March 21. 2nd Thursday Concert, Brahms' German Requiem. UGA Concert Choir, University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists, Hodgson Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m. 15$/7$ UGA students (looks to be a repeat of March 20 performance)
March 24. Ryan Dunnagaon, Cello; Ramsey Concert Hall, 6.00 p.m, FREE
March 24. Andre Marchand, Piano. Ramsey Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m, FREE
March 25. Cale Self, Euphonium. Ramsey Concert Hall, 3.30 p.m, FREE
March 25. Alexander Ritter; Double Bass. Ramsey Concert Hall, 6.00 p.m, FREE
March 25. Steven Lewis; Piano. Edge Concert Hall, 6.30 p.m, FREE
March 25. UGA Glee Clubs, Hodgson Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m, FREE
March 26. UGA Percussion Ensemble. Hodgson Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m, FREE
March 27. UGA Jazz Band. Ramsey Concert Hall, Call for time, FREE
March 31. UGA Steel and Salsa Band, Ramsey Concert Hall, 6.00 p.m, FREE
March 31. Paolo Gualdi, Piano. Ramsey Concert Hall, 8.00 p.m, FREE

Bio-Lab in Athens Creates Concern - WNEG TV

If we get this, I'm putting my house on the market.


Some outdoor watering allowed next week

Automatic irrigation and most pressure washing will still be prohibited, but the county is loosening up water restrictions next week. Read the updates from ACC or OnlineAthens.com.


Anne Frank exhibits & events at public library

“Anne Frank: A History for Today” Exhibit at the Athens-Clarke County Library

“Anne Frank: A History for Today” chronicles the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank and her family. The goal of the exhibit is to confront issues of prejudice and intolerance and to educate young people about the positive values of diversity.

The opening reception for the “Anne Frank: A History for Today” exhibit at the Athens-Clarke County Library will be Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Library’s Auditorium.

The opening reception will feature guest speaker Dr. Leon Bass, who served in a segregated African-American unit of the US Army in WWII and assisted with the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. The opening will also include tours of the exhibit, music and refreshments. The exhibit’s visitors will have the opportunity to view a short film, “The Short Life of Anne Frank.”

The Library is hosting additional programs in conjunction with this exhibit, including film screenings and lectures. Bibliographies of books, films and other materials related to the exhibit will also be available.

As part of the exhibit, the Library is also collecting a written account of how people respond to learning about Anne Frank's life. If you would like to submit your own experience, please fill out the form on the exhibit’s Web page: http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/events/af_exhibit.html


Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. – Exhibit Opening

Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m., In Auditorium—Speaker, George Stern: “One Survivor’s Story”

Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m., In Auditorium—iFilms: “Paragraph 175”

Tuesday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m., In Small Conference Room—Lecture: “History of the Holocaust”

Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m., In Auditorium—iFilms: “Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII”

Thursday, March 27 – Last Day of Exhibit

This exhibit was made possible by State Representative Bob Smith in conjunction with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and the Athens Regional Library System. The opening reception will be hosted by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library

KITE TO THE MOON - Tigerz Excerpt 40 Watt Club Athens, GA

Effies Interview # 3


George Englund and "The Ugly American"

From the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies:

The Ugly American, starring Marlon Brando and directed by George Englund, was released in 1963 and has since gathered a reputation among many critics as "the most intelligent and prescient Hollywood film of the Vietnam genre." Cine will screen a restored print of the film at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Between the 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. screenings, George Englund himself will be on hand to discuss the making of film.

Says movie critic William Arnold: “When The Ugly American was released in 1963, it was pretty much of a flop. It was very political, the movie public was not particularly interested in its subject matter -- U.S. policy in Southeast Asia -- and the critics had recently turned on Brando. But over the past 40 years, the film has stayed alive on television and video, it has gathered a cult of admirers.” According to David Saltz, Head of UGA’s Deparatment of Theatre and Film Studies, “The Ugly American has become remarkably relevant again today. The film’s depiction of America’s role in Southeast Asia in the 1960s is startlingly reminiscent of our current military adventures in the Middle East,”

George Englund has had a long and varied career in Hollywood as director, writer, and producer. He was most recently involved in the “mammoth, epic-length” documentary Brando, the film festival hit that provides an in-depth look into the life and career of Englund’s long-time business partner.

Englund will also be giving a lecture, open to the public, on Friday, March 21 at 12:20 p.m. in Room 53 of the Fine Arts Building on the corner of Baldwin and Lumpkin. For further information, contact the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at (706) 583-0045.

George Englund’s visit to Athens and the screening of The Ugly American are sponsored by the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. For more information about the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, visit www.drama.uga.edu.


Today Is Not a Day About Sports in Chapel Hill and Athens

Note: This was originally published on Eye on Sports Media.

Athens, GA (Mar 9, 2008) - If one were to attend a big football or basketball game at the University of Georgia, it would not be unusual to see a news truck from another television market near Sanford Stadium or Stegeman Coliseum. It is unusual to see one somewhere else in town on a Sunday afternoon, especially when it is from WRAL in Raleigh North Carolina. The truck was sitting at the corner of Dougherty and Lumpkin Streets this afternoon. Sadly, the reason it was here was for the funeral of Eve Carson, the 22 year-old President of the University of North Carolina, who was tragically shot to death in a carjacking last week in Chapel Hill, NC.

A University of North Carolina Women's Basketball player remembers Eve Carson on her sneaker.

For all the reasons that UNC fans had to celebrate this weekend, with the women's team winning the ACC Championship and the men's team beating Duke, the tragic loss of this unique student casts a pall on both of these things. As it should. Basketball players come and go, and championships are fleeting. The loss of an extaordinary, and I mean EXTRAORDINARY, student and human being is much more meaningful than a trophy or a championship.

Carson touched people in ways that can't be measured as easily as wins and losses in a game. She represented a shining star in the beleaguered public school system of Athens-Clarke County Georgia. Graduating as the valedictorian of Clarke Central High School, she chose to attend school in Chapel Hill. The difference she made as a student there is best summarized on this piece from the UNC Website:

She came to Carolina in the fall of 2004 as the recipient of a prestigious Morehead Scholarship. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, she was a pre-medicine student majoring in both political science and biology. As a North Carolina Fellow, she was part of a four-year leadership development program for undergraduates.

While at UNC-Chapel Hill, she was extremely active in both leadership and service roles. As student body president, she was also a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. She served as co-president of the Honors Program Student Executive Board and as a member of the Committee on Scholarships, Awards and Student Aide; the Academic Advising Program; and the Chancellor’s committee for University Teaching Awards.

Teaching and working with children were key service interests for Eve. In 2006, she taught science at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in Chapel Hill as part of UNC’s INSPIRE program, whose mission is to encourage young students to pursue science as an interest. In her junior year, Carson was a tutor at Githens Middle School in Durham. She was also an assistant coach in the Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a character development program for girls ages 8-12 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self.

Eve's service extended well beyond the Triangle, however. In the spring of her sophomore year, she participated in a study abroad in Havana, Cuba, and she spent her summers working and volunteering in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana as part of the Morehead Summer Enrichment program. "I credit my prior experiences, especially my past two Morehead summers, for preparing me to get along with pretty much whatever comes my way," she wrote in an e-mail posted on the Morehead Web site. On campus, she became involved in Nourish International, an organization started by UNC students in 2002 for hunger relief. Eve served as freshman volunteer coordinator (2004) and co-chair (2005) for the group.

While her funeral was at First United Methodist Church in Athens today, she was remembered throughout the Athens community this weekend. Hundreds showed up for a memorial service at Clarke Central High School the other day. At St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens, the 6:00 PM Sunday Mass was offered in her memory.

University of North Carolina men's basketball players bow their heads in a moment of silence for Eve Carson before last night's game against Duke.

Perhaps it is fitting that today's Gospel at St. Joseph was the story of Lazarus from the Gospel of John. It is this Gospel that gives the words "Jesus wept." Students, friends and family are weeping for their lost daughter, sister and friend. But they can take comfort that she touched many lives in her life that was tragically cut short. That legacy is worth much more than any championship or victory on a basketball court or a field of play.

This is not a day about sports in Chapel Hill or Athens. It is a day to remember the life and spirit of a true gift to everyone that Eve Carson touched in her life.


Art exhibit

33rd Annual Juried Exhibition
Lyndon House Arts Center
293 Hoyt St. Athens, GA
Exhibit continues until May 7, 2008

Hours, Tues & Thurs 12 noon- 9pm
Weds, Fri & Sat 9-5

Although to be honest, sometimes the exhibit of the "refused" is more interesting....



I have been noticing a billboard on my way back home that simply said 100 for a week or so. Then I noticed that it was changed to say 100Athens.com. I pointed my browser there when I got home, wondering what I'd find. What I found was a disgusting page from a disgusting bill board company. Do yourself a favor and don't waste the bandwidth visiting their page. I wish there was some way to rid our landscape of bill boards altogether. Very disgusting stuff.


My future in Athens

It is all on the line now. I graduate from law school in May. Will I find a job, or will I become yet another Athenian who fled from our stagnant economy in this town? Employment opportunities for lawyers are limited in Athens, and this is why I am interested in running my own practice. However, law can't be practiced well in isolation; I need to find a potential mentor and colleague with whom to share responsibilities. There are lawyers who are busy enough to need help, and I have a lot to offer in the way of my client relations skills and fresh training. Will this happen? Or will I be blogging in Atlanta World soon?


close to home

On my personal blog I've been lamenting the recent college/university campus shootings (to be fair, not the WV one which sort of kicked this whole thing off so to speak, but the more recent ones...)

So, I get home last night and find this in my work email inbox:

TO: UGA faculty, staff and students

FROM: Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police

Approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, Athens-Clarke County Police reported a shooting in an area near the University of Georgia. The alleged offender fled on foot in the direction of campus. Information was provided to UGA Police in the area, who apprehended the individual without incident in the vicinty of the high-rise residence halls. There is no reason for UGA Police to feel that anyone in the University community remains at risk for their safety due to this incident.

That's a little too close for me. It seems clear, I guess, from the limited information in this statement that this perpetrator's MO is nothing like that of the mass shootings on campus. But still... it gives ya that funny, bad feeling, ya know?


On a Lighter Note...

So, guys, this week my lovely husband and I are going to a local sporting event. More specifically, the Thrashers vs. Carolina Hurricanes match at Philips Arena. And we've decided to go hardcore. We want to outdo people like this guy or or these girls .

Body paint, custom-made shirts, and costumes are all in the realm of possibility. What do you suggest we do?

A call for discussion on the water/border dispute

No doubt all have heard by now that our state's chief executive and legislative body have proposed re-drawing the Georgia/Tennessee border. As best I can tell, this is motivated by the drought, and is justified by the claim that the border, as is, is actually in error, albeit an error we have lived with for a very long time.

Am I the only one who finds this whole thing extremely absurd, even surreal? Often when one uses those words, they are in jest or hyperbole. Not at all this time! I like plastic.com 's summary headline on their page for this story: "Don't Conserve The Water, Move The State Line."

As the subject line indicates, this post is primarily intended to elicit discussion on this topic, so please do not hesitate to comment. I ask for this because, not only because of the aforementioned extreme strangeness of all this, but also because I have some disadvantages fighting my comprehension of this story. Namely: 1. I'm a "yankee" (originally from Wisconsin, which also has border disputes in its past, see "Upper Michigan"), 2. History and politics are not my best subjects, and 3. I just can't understand why, even if the historical justification is there, anyone can take the proposal seriously... I mean, if the border has been accepted for so long, isn't it a de facto "correct" borderline? In short, even if I ignore the absurdity and surreality, for the sake of argument, I am still very confused.