Humans of Summerville
“I’m rooted very deeply in this University and the campus. I practically grew up here. My mother is an alumnus as well as my aunt. My aunt previously served as the vice president of the university and she is now chairman of the Augusta University historical project. I have seen the University grow from ASU to GRU to AU firsthand. I just want to make an impact here like how my family has. I love Augusta and I figured if I stayed here where I grew up then I could make an impact on the AU campus and in the city of Augusta. I am the chairman of the college republicans, senator for the SGA, and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and by being involved with those organizations then I hope I can make the impact that I have always wanted.” -David Peltier
See You At The Pole
On Wednesday September 28th, students and faculty gathered around the flagpole in the center Augusta University to pray for their university, fellow students, faculty members, and their country as a whole. See You at the Pole has been gathering across the world in schools on September 28th for over twenty-five years. The main objective of See You at the Pole is about uniting students all over the globe in prayer for their generation. It was a sunny morning on campus filled with worship, prayer, coffee, and donuts. There were over twelve religious student organizations that attended See You at the Pole, as well as faculty members and students. The morning started with a time to gather and have coffee and donuts, then the attendees transitioned into a time of listening to worship music led by a fellow Augusta University student. After singing worship songs the praying began, the group prayer was a time when faculty, students, and even the University’s Chaplin were all able to pray over their community. Christy Bagby who is on staff with YoungLife and helped to plan the event said “I was encouraged to see students boldly stepping up to proclaim their faith and pray for their fellow students. It was obvious that many students and faculty care for each other and want their peers to have the same hope for the future that they have.” Christy was simply encouraged to see students reaching out to love each other in a Godly manner. Kayden Evans who is a psychology major at AU said “see you at the pole was a really cool opportunity for people on campus to gather and lift up the school in prayer. It was an incredible experience to be in the center of campus with fellow believers worshiping and praying together.”
Senior Kayden Evans passes out See You At The Pole brochures
Augusta University Chaplain, Dr.Flowers prays over AU
Students and faculty gather around the flag pole to pray for Augusta University
Fortis spoke about how never know if someone will be willing to talk with you about a proble. She said “the veterans want to be in the media and want to have their face in front of the camera.” Approaching them in the right way and being sensitive and sincere helps them open up.” Bianca and her team received grants and other than that most of the money for the production comes from the filmmaker of Soldiers Without a Nation.
Bianca is also currently working on other stories besides Veterans Without a Nation. One of these stories is Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos in Tijuana: Where Faith and Culture Collide. In this story Fortis writes about the festival that takes place on the San Diego- Tijuana border. In October Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos are both celebrated.
Presidential Election Interview
The 2016 Presidential Election drew a wide array of responses from people on the Augusta University campus. Here is what a few of them had to say regarding our new President Elect Donald Trump.
When Kayden Evans first heard the news that Donald Trump was going to be president she thought to herself "He certainly has a lot of money but I never thought he would be able to pull this off." Evans felt that "There was no real win for the country with any of the candidates." "I was simply voting for the better of the evils."
Douglas Sloan, a student at Augusta University said that when he first heard that Donald Trump was going to be president he thought to himself "He's doing it again." Sloan said " I honestly wasn't surprised by Trump's win. If you look at recent trends the candidate that receives the most media attention usually wins regardless of their negative or positive controversies." Sloan felt like Trump could help our country by implementing his more aggressive approach to politics however, he should work on being more polite because being a business man and a diplomat go hand in hand he still needs to find a nice happy medium."
Chris Link, a freshman at Augusta University had a much different response to the election. Link said "When I first heard Trump was going to be president I was like yooooo we did it!! I probably said that at least fifteen times that night." Link said "Leading up to election I was thinking woah, we are so screwed, Hillary is actually going to be president." Link has high hopes for Trumps presidency and said "I hope he uses his experience as as CEO to help run our country. I would really like to see him lower the unemployment rate."
Rafael Chaudharay said that "Since I am a Muslim I was pretty shocked and scared that Trump was going to be president. Being a Muslim in America with Trump's anti Islam rhetoric going around is pretty scary because people start to use his hateful rhetoric and we as Muslim's have to live our lifestyle being a little more scared and we have to hide and blend in with society instead of being proud of who we are." Chaudhry said he would like to see some economic reformation and would like for our country to get out of some of the debt that we are in.
Gracie Shepherd felt that "It was shocking how many signs there were that we would have this populist hysterical reaction to globalization and yet a lot of people were still surprised. In years to come I think brevet and the 2016 US Election will seem so obviously connected , and it will be important to remember how much of an echo chamber each of the two sides were in- so extreme and so divided." When Shepherd first heard that Donald Trump was going to be our president she said "I was less shocked than I wanted to be. And I remembered being way more shocked in 2008 and to be fair, in 2012 as well. "
Interview with Patrick Frits