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11:42 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UGA Bans Hoop Skirts In Response To Racist Oklahoma Video

Hoop skirts are now banned at University of Georgia social events.
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The latest fallout from a racist video involving Oklahoma fraternity members is a ban on hoop skirts at University of Georgia social events.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the ban came after university student affairs administrators met with some fraternity and sorority leaders to discuss fraternity events such as "Old South Week" and the "Magnolia Ball."

Victor Wilson, the university's vice president for student affairs, said part of Monday's discussion included costumes worn during special events and messages conveyed by the clothing.

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Health & Science
6:00 am
Sat March 14, 2015

It's Pi Day, Honoring The Never-Ending Number!

Some schools celebrate Pi Day by eating and throwing pies and discussing the significance of the never-ending number.
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March 14, 2015 – or 3/14/15 in month/day/year format – may sound kind of familiar to you math geeks out there. Those are the first five numbers of the mathematical constant pi.

“It’s not defined relative to anything that humans have created, like feet or meters or inches.  It’s just a ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter of a circle,” says Dr. Bill Graham, math professor at the University of Georgia.

He says even though pi has been around for thousands and thousands of years, there are still mysteries surrounding it.

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6:26 am
Wed March 11, 2015

UGA Could Break Annual Fundraising Record This Fiscal Year

UGA has already collected more than $100 million in fundraising this fiscal year.
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It looks like this will be another record-breaking year for Bulldog Nation.

The University of Georgia is on-pace to break its annual fundraising record.

“It’s a good problem to have isn’t it?,” UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says. 

UGA has already passed the $100 million mark this fiscal year. There are four months left to go and 2014’s fundraising total of nearly $126.5 million could be surpassed.

Konenkamp says a stronger economy has helped, but there are other factors to explain this boost in fundraising.

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11:49 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Names 2015 Inductees

Vereen Bell (left) and Taylor Branch are two of the authors inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia this year.
Credit Vereen Bell photo by unknown; Taylor Branch photo by J. Brough Schamp / Images courtesy the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Since 2000, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame has been honoring and promoting homegrown literature throughout the state. The institution recently announced their four inductees for 2015.

Toby Graham is the University Librarian and Associate Provost at the University of Georgia, where the Hall of Fame resides, and he spoke with WABE’s Myke Johns about this year’s awards.

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7:21 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UGA Hosts Top-Ranked Kentucky Tuesday

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) shoots between Georgia's Yante Maten (1) and Kenny Gaines (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 3, 2015, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 69-58.
Credit James Crisp / Associated Press

The University of Georgia's basketball team winds down the regular season with its last home game Tuesday night against Kentucky.

While the Bulldogs are looking for their 20th win of the season, the Wildcats are undefeated after 29 games.

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9:17 am
Thu February 26, 2015

UGA Opens Washington, D.C. Housing, Study Space For Students

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff.
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The University of Georgia is holding a ribbon cutting Thursday for a building that will provide living, classroom and study space for students and faculty in the nation's capital.

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff. The inaugural class of students moved into the building on Massachusetts Avenue in January.

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12:21 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

University Of Georgia To Sell 865-Acre Wilkins Farm

The University of Georgia wants to sell the Wilkins Farm.
Credit John Amis / UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

The University of Georgia wants to get rid of some of its real estate.

The school has owned the Wilkins Farm for about half a century.

The 865-acre plot of land is in Wilkes and Oglethorpe counties and has an extensive frontage on Highway 78.

"We've been using it for beef cattle research and the [UGA] Police Department has been utilizing about 35 acres of that as a shooting range," UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says.

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12:23 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UGA Turning More Trash Into Cash

The University of Georgia has a composting program that benefits the area on various levels.
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Garbage... the University of Georgia isn't just throwing it away.

This year, the UGA added food waste from 28,000 daily meals to its large composting program.

That now adds up to 80 tons of waste per month, which is turned into mulch and fertilizer.

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5:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

UGA's Gurley Suspended Indefinitely

UGA running back Todd Gurley is suspended for allegedly breaking NCAA rules.
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Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

Todd Gurley, a running back for the University of Georgia football team, is suspended indefinitely.

According to a statement on the school’s website the Heisman Trophy candidate is being benched due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

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1:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

UGA Pushing to Demolish 155 Aging Structures

This is one of the structures the University of Georgia wants to tear down.
Credit Pete Konenkamp / University of Georgia

The University of Georgia says destroying parts of the past will improve the future, financially.

Officials with the school want to tear down 155 of its outdated buildings across the state, calling them old and dangerous.

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12:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Falls 0.1% in March

The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta has fallen in fits and starts for the last 18 months. In March it dropped to 6.8% from February's rate of 6.9%.
Credit Robert Aaron / WABE News

The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta in March was 6.8%, according to the state Department of Labor.

That's down more than a full point from March 2013.

"We're only 100,000 jobs short of where we were prior to the Great Recession.  We're 71% of the way back and the rate of job growth is accelerating," says Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economist with the University of Georgia.

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7:03 am
Tue February 25, 2014

UGA Looks to Raise $1B by 2020

Tom Landrum is the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia.
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The University of Georgia is hoping a two-step approach will lead to $1 billion dollars in pledges and gifts by the year 2020.

Officials at the school admit that's a grand sum, but it's a gradual process.

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5:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Deal Highlights State's Economic Bright Spots

Gov. Nathan Deal spoke at the University of Georgia's Terry Business School's Economic Outlook luncheon in Atlanta Wednesday.
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The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business held its annual Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon in Atlanta Wednesday. Gov. Nathan Deal opened the event and highlighted the state’s economic accomplishments.

The governor touted the state’s improvements such as increasing revenue, a declining unemployment rate, and maintaining a triple-A bond rating during the recession. On top of all of that, the governor cited the Tax Foundation, which says Georgia has the lowest taxes per capita of any state.

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1:33 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

LGBT Attitudes Vary Throughout Georgia

Athens is among the cities included in a national LGBT survey.
Credit University of Georgia

Georgia scored  a 39 out of a possible 100 in the second annual Municipal Equality Index report from the Human Rights Campaign.

That ranking comes despite a perfect 100 score from Atlanta.

Decatur is among the six other Georgia cities involved in the national survey.

It scored a 27.

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7:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Flavor of Georgia Seeking Applicants for 2014 Event

Amy Stankus with her 2013 Grand Prize winning Georgia Peach Tea Bon Bons.
Amy Stankus Chocolate South

Culinary entrepreneurs are invited to have their products tested out by state experts, local foodies….and people looking for a bite to eat.  

Applications for the 2014 Flavor of Georgia are now being accepted.

Amy Stankus, the owner of the Atlanta-based Chocolate South, is among those who will be competing in this annual event.

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7:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

UGA To Host Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is taking part in an upcoming legal conference at UGA.
Credit The U.S. Supreme Court

One of the former "Supremes" is coming to the University of Georgia.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a one-day conference at UGA's law school called "The Press and the Constitution: 50 Years after New York Times vs. Sullivan."

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6:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

UGA Forms Committee to Focus on Partial Shutdown

The University of Georgia is forming a committee to keep a close eye on the ongoing government shutdown.

The University of Georgia doesn't want to get caught flat-footed.

That's why the school has formed a university-wide committee to focus on the financial problems that could emerge if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for an extended period of time.

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7:19 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Georgia Farmers Planting More Tobacco

Dr. J. Michael Moore is with the UGA's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Credit The University of Georgia

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences reports nearly 15,000 acres of tobacco was planted in 2013.

That's a high not seen in nearly five years.

Reliance on tobacco production in Georgia has grown since 2011, after Hurricane Irene did significant damage to North Carolina, the country's top tobacco producer.

That's the main reason why tobacco production is up in South Georgia.

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12:54 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

USPS Honors Georgia's Ray Charles with Forever Stamp

Ray Charles, from Albany, is being honored by the USPS with a stamp bearing his likeness.
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If you want to send a letter that says "I Can't Stop Loving You".....or "Hit the Road, Jack," there's a stamp for that.

Ray Charles is the latest musician to have a stamp of his likeness released by the U.S. Post Office.

"It's a beautiful photograph of Ray and his trademark glasses, of course, with his wide smile appearing as if he's there at the piano and that trademark look that everyone will immediately recognize," says USPS spokesman Michael Miles.

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1:10 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Mock Drills Help Colleges Prepare for Threats

On Monday, the University of West GA held an active shooter drill.
Credit The University of West Georgia

Tragic incidents at Kent State, Virginia Tech and other colleges make campus shootings an unfortunate reality. [Ed. Note: while this story addresses colleges, the point was also reinforced by the elementary school shooting at the McNair Discover Learning Academy today.]

That’s why schools are finding ways to prepare.

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4:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Advocates for "City of Lakeside" Commission Feasibility Study

A March, 2013, map of the proposed City of Lakeside. A modified map created in May, 2013, is also available here as a PDF.
Credit Lakeside City Alliance

The group that wants to create a new city in north DeKalb County called Lakeside says has raised enough money to take the next step: commissioning a feasibility study.

The Lakeside City Alliance has raised $30,000 and has hired the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to conduct the study.

The study should take four to five months to complete. Alliance members say, if the study indicates the area should incorporate, the group would work to get that on the ballot as early as next summer.

The proposed new city covers about 20 square miles.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Talk with Retiring UGA President Michael Adams, Part 2: Dooley; Sports Funding; Spurrier

With an framed, autographed Herschel Walker jersey behind him, retiring University of Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the president's office in Athens on June 11, 2013.

  On June 30, 2013, Dr. Michael Adams will retire as president of the University of Georgia.  

In his 16 years at the helm, Adams has often sparked controversy with some of his decisions in both academics and athletics.  

Part 2 of his conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer focused on athletics; with thoughts on Vince Dooley, the role of athletics at the university, and perennial Bulldog nemesis Steve Spurrier--among other things.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
2:20 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Talk with Retiring UGA President Michael Adams, Part 1: Higher Education's Costs & Future

Retiring University of Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams (right), speaking with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on June 11, 2013,in the president's office in Athens, GA.

  After 16 years, Dr. Michael Adams will retire as president of the University of Georgia on June 30, 2013.  In part 1 of an extended conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Adams talked about his administration's emphasis on research, the soaring costs students and their families have paid, and the future of the liberal arts.

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1:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

UGA Offering Some Benefits for Domestic Partners

The University of Georgia is preparing to offer some benefits to employees with domestic partners.
Credit The University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is preparing to offer "soft benefits" to registered domestic partners of school employees.

This includes vision and dental insurance.

"If we want to stay competitive for recruiting top faculty, it's essential that we catch up in this regard.  This is not about leading the pack, it's about us catching up with what other universities are doing," says Dr. Janet Frick, with UGA's Human Resources Committee.  

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6:40 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Food Security a Concern for Elder Georgians

Dr. Jung Sung Lee, with the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Credit The University of Georgia

People who are food insecure typically don’t have enough money to eat an adequate amount of food every day.

Nearly half of Georgia’s senior citizen population is forced to choose between food and health care expenses.

That’s according to a pair of studies from the University of Georgia.

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6:31 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New University of Georgia President Named

Credit University System of Georgia

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously approved hiring Jere Morehead as the 22nd president of the University of Georgia today. Morehead has spent most of his career at the university and has served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UGA since 2010.

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8:52 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Delta Adds Flights for UGA/Mizzou Game

Delta is adding an additional regional jet flight between Atlanta and Columbia, MO to accommodate fans heading to UGA's SEC opener.

Delta Air Lines has added an extra flight each way between Atlanta and Columbia, Missouri—but only for next weekend.

That’s when the University of Georgia opens SEC play against Mizzou, a school new to the conference.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter says Delta often adds flights to accommodate big sporting events. 

“They’re a lot of fun, actually, to be on," says Banstetter.  "The planes tend to be mostly filled with people who are flying for that specific event.  You’ll see a lot of your fellow fans if you’re on these flights."

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3:58 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

University of Georgia President Michael Adams Leaving Post

University of Georgia President Michael Adams will step down at the end of his 16 years in office on June 30, 2013.
UGA Office of Communications

University of Georgia president Michael Adams will leave his post next year.

Adams made the official announcement today in Athens.

When he leaves at the end of June, 2013, Michael Adams will have served 16 years as UGA’s 21st president.

 “I believe that there comes a time when it’s appropriate to step aside, to let others continue the work.”

According to UGA, significant strides have been made under Adams.

Student enrollment increased from 29,000 to nearly 35,000.

UGA’s endowment has nearly tripled from the time Adams took office to 2011.

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Health & Science
5:20 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

UGA Study: Black Georgians more likely than whites to die after being diagnosed with cancer

A new study led by a research scientist at the University of Georgia found that African-Americans in Georgia are less likely than whites to survive after being diagnosed with cancer. The study was recently published in the journal Cancer.

The study is one of the first to use what’s called mortality to incidence ratio or MIR.

“The MIR is essentially an estimate of kind of  survival. It can be thought of that way.”

Sara Wagner is an assistant research scientist in UGA’s College of Public Health:

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