Narrative Reporting Final Project By Ben Marshall

“Not able to express myself in a different way kinda thing, a lot of this is just symbolic. So there is a lot of purpose to my tattoos.” -Rowan Feldhaus

A tough loss for the Lady Jags Volleyball team

-Ben Marshall/Student Writer

Freshman Sammie Baker (29 assist, 27 digs) serving for the Jags.

Augusta University women's volleyball team fell to the University of Montevallo night hawks (3-2 games) Tuesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse. University of Montevallo came into the match with an 8-8 record and only 2 wins in conference play. Outside hitter for the jags Jordan Bickett had a big night scoring 23 point for her team. Bickett also recorded 17 kills and 11 digs. Sammie Baker lead the way for the Jags in assist with 27 of her own, Sammie also recorded 27 digs as well. Head Coach Sharon Quarles said “we need to adjust to adversity from within our own team. Not getting down on ourselves after a bad pass or a missed block.” This loss makes the Jags record 10-4 on the season and adds the second loss for the team in conference play, making their conference record 5-2. The lady Jags are only half way through the season and still sit third in the Peach Belt Conference Standings. After the match senior, Jordan Bickett said “we are definitely capable of so much more than this.” “We just need to focus on our game and what we are doing.”

The Jags huddle after scoring a point.

The lady Jags were on a five match winning streak before this loss. The team travels to St. Augustine for their next game is against Flagler University on October 7th. This meeting Flagler with be the first of the season. A win in this game could move Augusta into second in the Peach Belt Conference.

Bianca Fortis

By: Ben Marshall

Traveling to other countries to help former United States soldiers who have now been deported due to the fact that they are not citizens of the U.S., Bianca Fortis is a co-founder of Transborder Media. Her work is based out of New York, However she is required to travel to Tijuana. Fortis has a background in journalism who has worked for community newspapers in Washington state. She also held a few other jobs before she stared working with the Transborder Media Group.

As of right now she is currently working on a documentary film showing the struggle for veterans who are not legal citizens of the U.S. but have served in the United States military. These veterans served or are currently serving our country, and some of them find themselves in trouble with the law. After these veterans served their time behind bars, they are then deported out of the United States.

Sometimes the aim of a film makers work can be to change the policies in our country. “The thing about our documentary is that it could be easily changed. At one point veterans were not being deported so it can be something as easy as changing a law. Like Obama could just snap his fingers and make this happen.”

“I can’t say that all the veterans are good people, some of them have done some bad things, but generally if you believe in civil right and justice in the law, like most people would agree that this is not okay.”

Being a person of Hispanic descent has helped Fortis work in Mexico. Fortis admits her Spanish is not as good as others around her, but being so close to the border most people along the border are fluent in both Spanish and English.

Fortis has spent a lot of time in Mexico working on her projects. She has covered many great traditions in Mexico, such as Day of the Dead. “Because Tijuana is so close to the border the people celebrate Halloween too so that’s interesting.”

She has even gotten close to families in Mexico who have different beliefs. “We found a family who were Muslims in Mexico and we found that interesting so we followed them around and got their story.”

Sometimes in more conservative countries people are a little more hesitant to step in front of the camera. “It can be difficult to approach people sometime just because you don’t know how people will react to an American film maker coming up to them, so sometimes it can be a real struggle.”

Election Reaction

We all have feeling and views about this election year. A hard fought campaign on both sides of the political spectrum. The democratic party with two candidates, both with a different view on how the country should be run. The republican ticket was a more open field with more options and a few louder voices. In the end it came down to Hilary Clinton winning the democrat nomination, and Donald trump winning the republican nomination. The two sides fought hard taking every chance they could to come out on top.

However, Donald Trump won the very controversial election by winning the electoral vote with 306 to Clintons 232. Even though some now argue our political system by calling for a recount it is our duty to support the newly elected commander and chief.

Tamika Williams, a student at Augusta University, had this to say about the results of the election. “I thought the election was taken lightly, like people voted for him because of who he is, or they thought it was and overall joke. Then we have the people that didn’t vote because they didn’t care for either party. So I think that people took the whole election for granted. I vote even though I didn’t care for either of them.”

Not voting in the election was a major concern for both parties. Those who voiced actions, or lack thereof, saw large number of critics. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, told the media how he didn’t like either candidate so he simply didn’t vote. Then sports reporters such and Stephen A. Smith called Kaepernick out for his decision. Calling him unpatriotic and an athlete who only is seeking attention off the field because of his poor play on the gridiron. Kaepernick has been all over news outlet during this election calling for support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Calling out or government for being unjust to black people in America through excessive police force.

David Marshall, a football coach at Evans high school, was able to tell us his thoughts about Colin Kaepernick and the effects he has on our young players in America. “Colin not voting in the election shows a lot about his character. As an NFL quarterback he has a lot of influence to the younger players in America. I think he made a poor choice by not voting. It’s our civic duty to elect the next president. And even if you don’t like the candidates of the two major parties there are plenty of other options that you could vote for. It just doesn’t make sense for someone who has so much to complain about not to try and help make a difference in the outcome of the election.”

Sarah Sharman, a PHD candidate at Augusta University, shared her thoughts on the election. “I feel the both sides of the election this year were bad choices but that wasn’t going to stop me from voting. I feel that the people have more power in the local elections, and if people want to start seeing change in their communities then they should start voting in all elections national, state, and county level positons are being voted on by a select few people who actually vote during them. I feel if more people voted in these elections we would see a better change in America.”

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