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Katelyn Montolin, Senior Communication Major, Outside Allgood Hall
“I am interested in Irish Dancing. Irish Dancing was the bond my mom and I shared during her living years until she passed away from brain cancer. We would always go to competitions and spend time practicing and cheering me on. I have been competing in Irish Dancing for ten years at national and regional championships. During the championships, I never felt nervous. I was always calm and collected-more excited than nervous. I would train four hours a day and five days a week and we would have dance camps in the summer that would last 7 hours a day for a week straight. We did nothing but condition our bodies so we could stay active for a long period of time, practice and learn new routines, and dress rehearsals. We also have workshops that would be on Saturdays and they would involve one on one with our teachers and coaches. Sometimes during rehearsals they would invite professional Iris Dancers from Ireland and Australia to come teach us new steps and tricks. I stopped competing in Irish Dancing because I kept getting injured during my senior year of high school. I was preparing to go off to college and I wasn’t as good as I was when I was 14 and in my prime.”

Pink Pumpkin Party

As everyone arrived in their pink outfit they stood in line to receive their pumpkin to start painting Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 was special because it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For Darlene Williams, October is a time to celebrate at the Pink Pumpkin Party. “After being diagnosed with breast cancer I missed the opportunity to attend the event (last year),” Williams said, “and today, I’m enjoying the event.”

Williams joined fellow survivors and their families at Augusta University’s J. Harold Harrison M.D. Education Commons as they decorated and carved pumpkins and competed in the best dressed in pink competition.

“The goal for the event is raise awareness for both men and women, and raise money to help local women receive mammograms,” Nurse Erin Chrisco stated.

“The Pink Pumpkin Party is about celebrating survival ship,” Kim Loomer, Cancer Survivor stated. “Survival ship is about focusing on the people that were diagnosed with breast cancer and survived,” she explained.

As the event came to an end, many people were extremely satisfied with their time at the party. Christine O’Meara, Director of the Party said the Pink Pumpkin Party was a success. “There were of many survivors who attended the event,” she said. Everyone was able to participate in painting a pumpkin.”

“It’s not just a fundraiser,” said David Hartman, Community Member. “It’s a new cultural event for Augusta.” For people who are interested in donating and did not make the event they will be able to donate online at

Bianca Fortis Profile Story

Bianca Fortis is well-known for her reporting skills and she expresses her work through different media outlets. Dr. Kenney was excited one of his student were able to come visit and share her experience.

Bianca Fortis believes that storytelling is the way to connect to individuals. Fortis graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, and she spent her summer applying to multiple jobs in journalism. After searching, Fortis got a job as a senior reporter at The Chronicle Newspaper, in Centralia, Washington. While working, Fortis also did freelance writing to write what she wanted and make more money.

After being away from her family and friends she took a job as a research assistant to Wayne Barrett who was an investigative reporter. Fortis is the co-founder of Transborder Media, and spends her time working on a documentary film about U.S. Veterans who have been deported to Mexico.

Trying to get people to open up is difficult. Fortis tells how the issue of veteran deportation is easy to talk about because the veterans want to talk about it. “Some people don’t want to talk to you,” she said. “Just don’t make assumptions if someone will talk to you or not.” During her time as a writer for the Transborder Media she continued to do Freelance writing.

The veterans who committed a felony, were found guilty, would serve their sentence and were deported. Fortis did lots of investigation in order to write her stories. As a writer Fortis was always on the lookout for stories because other people can take them. Even though technology has taken over the media field, Fortis loves receiving her news through traditional media. When going for a new opportunity you have to make sure you know your skills, and you have to be able to do more than only one thing. “Issues are everywhere,” she said. “Read the news and keep your eyes open.”

Interview with Rachel Hyer

Rachel Hyer, Communications Major, Inside Reese Library

Presidential Election Story

As the weeks go by, the inauguration of a new President is in sight. Everyone has their thoughts on the Presidential election. Donald Trump did not meet the expectations of many people to be the President before he was elected. Many women feel that Donald Trump is trying to control the people and separate society.

After the election people felt that there could still be a chance for someone else to claim the title as President. The Electors from each state will be voting for the President and Vice-President on a separate ballot on Dec.19, 2016. Chantal Gunn is waiting for the final decision to accept the results of the election. “I waiting to see how the other facts fall into place, after December 19 when the Electoral College votes that is when it will become official,” she said. “In my eyes it is not official, I think that it might not be what it seems.”

Donald Trump has spoken badly about women, and at every turn he has been forgiven by his family, and by other Republicans. For women the election was a sensitive subject. Katelin Montolin states how the election will affect her as a young woman. “There will be more separation leading to a sexualist society.” She said. “It’s the 21st century we should not be dealing with sexism and racism.” How could women be able to trust a President who has belittled women and shown no respect towards them?

Trying to choose the right person was difficult during the election process. It was hard for people to trust the Presidential candidates because of their past and what they wanted to do in the future. Keanna Council did not agree with either candidates in this year’s election. “According to what our President has stated as to what he’s going to do,” she said. “He is not going to make America great again.”

On election night many people were upset with the election results. People all over the U.S took to the streets to protest how they felt about the President-elect Donald Trump. Keanna Council believed the 2016 election was insane. “I have never witnessed so many protests against the winning candidate,” she said. “I personally did not agree with the decision that was made.”

The election made people feel uncomfortable with their election vote. Clarissa Chavez has been known for being a Republican; however, she did not like what Donald Trump stood for, and that made her go against the Republican Party. “I don’t appreciate Donald Trump as a leader because he used the fear of many Americans to his advantage,” she said. “I don’t think the leadership that we would want to represent us to other nations should be someone who does that.”

Many people want to leave the country for the next four years due the Presidential election results. Chavez has her own approach for the Presidential Term. “I am going to approach the next four year with an open mind obviously he has tapped in to a population that feels disenfranchised,” she said. “We will see what he is going to bring.”

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