Campus Life Allison Berres

Humans of Summerville

Chancellor Lee Warnock, an Augusta University student, strikes a pose at the Jaguar Student Activity Center on Wednesday, Sept. 14th.
“I want to be a history, special ed, or science teacher. And I want to incorporate creative writing in whatever I do. For example, let’s say I’m teaching about World War II. I want you to write me a letter to your husband and then a letter to your wife explaining how the war is going. And so, creative writing helps you think outside the box. And as a teacher you especially have to think outside the box to engage your students.”

The Augusta Community Reacts to 2016 Presidential Election Results

Trump takes home the win of the 2016 Presidential Election and news outlets around the world have already released news coverage of the results and America is already in an uproar. However, how could Trump have won when the media has been stating that Hillary was in the lead and stating that shell be the candidate that will most likely win? Retired Sgt. 1st Class of the U.S. Army, Michelle Berres says that she wasn't surprised of the turn out, "The American public is tired of the government and GOP taking over our money and doing what they want with our money for themselves and not for the people." Berres says that she feels that people who voted for Trump voted for him because they wanted a change of politics and wanted someone who already had money who wouldn't keep taking the American publics money for themselves. Sean Stanton, a linguist in the United States Air Force was not surprised of the 2016 Presidential Election turnout. "I believe that Hillary Clinton lost because there is a growing dissent among the American populous. Too many people feel left behind by the progression our country has experienced over the last few years. Social agenda has become a priority for many, while it is important to strive for social equality. Far too many Americans feel their struggle has been forgotten while others progress has taken a front seat. This isn't so much a white lash as it is a black lash of traditions." College students at the Augusta University Summerville campus have had a neutral reaction and some are confused of the presidential election results. Berres says that the reason why so many people are shocked about the results is because the news media played the general public. " The majority of the people believe what they read and hear and see and I think the last four years the media has played with our heads and show us stuff that they want us to see to get a certain effect from it." Benjamin Evans, a sophomore Communications Major at Augusta University retorted, "I'm not a Republican and I'm not a Democrat but I have never been more disappointed with the left than I have before because of the amount of influence they have on the media. I blame mostly the media for this election and Hillary Clintons failed use of the media and her endorsements. In my personal opinion, who would take a presidential candidate seriously if they had an event that was hosted and performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z. She had all this influence yet she's such a bad people person and public speaker that even with that entire media influence, she lost." President Elect Donald Trump will have his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and will become the 45th President of the United States.

Student Stories

Sand Hills Writing Event Presented at Augusta University

Augusta Universitys Jim Minick presented the latest installment of the Sand Hills Writer Series, Monday in the JSAC Coffeehouse. The event featured local authors Darnell Arnoult and Crystal Wilkinson, as well as some of their published works on display to support the local authors. Both authors read to the public and had a Q&A session afterwards. Students and members of the community flocked to the event to listen to the read through as well as getting a free lunch. Students and members of the community were able to meet the authors one on one as well as getting an autograph or picture taken. The event is put on every year for the English Department's students as well as public community to make connections with authors and to share their own work. Event coordinator and English Department faculty member Dr. Jim Minick expressed pleasure with how well the event turned. " I enjoy seeing students learn from published writers." Dr. Minick encouraged his creative writing class to participate in the event after his class had read works from both authors, Kirsten Jensen was one of his following students who attended, "[The event] really helped me understand the material that they wrote while also getting a better grasp on what they meant and why they wrote it."
Authors Darnell Arnoult and Crystal Wilkinson pose after a Q&A session at the Sand Hills Writer Series.
Published works from both authors were on display for purchasing.

Bianca Fortis, A Public Life Reporter Visits Students at Augusta University

Immigrants and green card users have been nothing new to the United States, but what happens when these immigrants serve in our Armed Forces? Bianca Fortis, a young public life reporter has set out to document the reality of deportation of soldiers in the United States Armed Forces in her documentary, The Deported. Fortis started out as a traditional journalist and doing freelance journalism. After applying for numerous jobs she landed her first job at the Chronicle Newspaper in Centralia, Washington as a senior reporter back in 2011 where she did investigative reporting. "Clear across the country, I had never been to the west coast before and I wanted a job so badly that I went and that was what I considered to be really good training ground." After working at the Chronicle for a year, Fortis eventually moved to New York where she worked as a research assistant to Wayne Barrett, an American journalist that's known for his investigative reporting. Fortis then transitioned into becoming a web editor for the Rockaway Times Newspaper, a job which she did not like most. "I didn't enjoy it at all and it almost made me want to quit journalism forever." After being laid off from the last major company that she worked for, Fortis decided to focus on the documentary that she had been working on the side. The documentary documented retired Latino veterans that served in the United States military and after they retired, were deported back to Mexico because they weren't considered an American citizen. There have been 5,000 veterans that have been deported after their service is done. When asked if they think it will be an easy fix to stop this problem, Fortis responded, " The thing about this issue is that it wont actually be that hard to change the situation. Its a really specific issue with a really specific goal and its kind of controversial because I cant say that all of the veterans are good people because some of them have done bad things. But generally, if you believe in civil rights and justice in the law then most people will agree that this is not ok." Fortis is still continuing to work on her documentary filming deported veterans in Mexico where she hopes that it will bring more awareness to the Latino soldiers in the United States of America.
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