University of Georgia

You may have heard of "ban the box." It's a measure aimed at stopping employers from asking about applicants' criminal histories. Now a legal advocacy group is looking into this issue at colleges in the South.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law is looking at 17 Southern schools, including Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee, said some schools' applications don't just ask about convictions.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The University of Georgia has the fifth-best online bachelor’s degree program in the country, according to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The publication says it calculates the rankings based on student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology and peer reputation.

Keith Bailey, director of UGA’s online learning program, says online degree programs aren’t shortcuts to earning a bachelor’s.

The state board of regents has approved a building project on the University of Georgia's main campus in Athens.

The regents on Wednesday approved the third phase of the university's $140 million Business Learning Community, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

The business college occupied Correll Hall, the first of the three buildings, earlier this year. Officials ceremonially broke ground the second building, Amos Hall, on Sept. 18, 2015.

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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Former Georgia mascot Uga IX, the white English bulldog known as Russ, has died only 1 month after giving up his title.

The Savannah, Georgia-based Seiler family, the long-time owners of the Georgia line of mascots, says Russ died in his sleep early Monday morning.

Russ, who was 11, retired before the Nov. 21 game against Georgia Southern when the collar was officially passed along to his successor, Uga X, who is known as Que. Que served as mascot in an unofficial capacity during the 2015 season before his title became official.

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Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

On Monday afternoon, the University of Georgia will introduce Kirby Smart as the head coach of its football program.

Smart, a former player at UGA, will succeed Mark Richt, who stepped down as head coach after the end of the regular season.

During a press conference on Monday, Smart focused on the UGA football player's actions both on and off the field, mentioning multiple times that he was looking for "the right kind of player."

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It looks like Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

Kirby Smart is expected to be the new football head coach for the University of Georgia, according to Dawgnation.com.

An official announcement could be made next week.

The 39-year-old Smart is currently the defensive coordinator for Alabama. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will face off against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt is stepping down after 15 seasons in what is being called a "mutual" decision.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he met with Richt on Sunday morning "to discuss the status of our football program" and "mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game."

The decision was announced in a statement released by Georgia.

Georgia (9-3) concluded its regular season with Saturday's 13-7 win over Georgia Tech.

Authorities say bones found on the University of Georgia campus are human and could date to the 1800s.

Parts of a skull and jaw bone were found Tuesday at a work site outside a classroom building, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

Police said Friday the bones are human. They note that the remains were found near the Old Athens Cemetery, which was used for burials in the early to mid-1800s.

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Georgia freshman Natrez Patrick and Chauncey Rivers have been suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky following their arrests on marijuana charges early Wednesday.

Georgia confirmed the two were arrested on misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Each was released on $1,000 bond Wednesday morning, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail report.

Patrick, a linebacker, has 13 tackles in seven games. He was the top backup to starting middle linebacker Jake Ganus.

Rivers, a defensive end, has one tackle in two games.

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The ongoing battle between the University of Georgia and Florida resumes this weekend.

So far this season, the Bulldogs are 5-2, while the Gators are 6-1. Georgia leads the all-time series with Florida, with a record of 50-41-2. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Georgia drivers need to be extra cautious right now.

It's prime breeding season for deer across the state and that means more deer on roadways.

Researchers at the University of Georgia say there were nearly 46,000 deer-into-vehicle accidents in Georgia between 2005 and 2012.

This leads to body shops seeing a boost in work during this time of year.

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There will soon be a passing of the torch -- or perhaps bone would be more appropriate -- at the University of Georgia.

Uga IX, also known as Russ, is retiring as UGA's bulldog mascot.

His successor, Uga X, will make his official debut at the Georgia-Georgia Southern game next month.

Russ is 11 years old.

UGA's football team went 44-and-19 under Russ' reign. 

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Merriam-Webster defines the term politically correct as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”

Adhering to a so-called politically correct ideology might make it difficult for some comedians to practice their craft.

“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges, they’re so PC,' ” comedian Jerry Seinfeld said during an interview with ESPN last summer.

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As Georgia's foster care rolls continue to grow, the University of Georgia plans to start new work with families most at risk of entering the state’s child welfare system.

The work, which will span the 13 northeast counties that make up the Division of Family and Children Services Region 5, is possible thanks to an $8.2 million federal grant. 

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John Lennon was born on Oct. 9, 1940.

By the time he was 23 years old, he and his fellow bandmates in the Beatles were household names across the globe.

On Friday, there are numerous events worldwide to honor Lennon, who was assassinated in New York City, on Dec. 8, 1980. 

Graduates of Emory University look toward the main stage Monday as the private school held its 170th commencement. Emory says this year's graduating class is 57% female.
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Georgia colleges are among some of the country’s best, according to new rankings released Wednesday.

U.S. News and World Report puts Emory University (21st), Georgia Tech (36th) and the University of Georgia (61st) in its list of Top 100 colleges in the country.

U.S. News chief data strategist Robert Morse says the rankings are based on multiple criteria.

University of Georgia arch, looking to Downtown Athens
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Athens, Georgia, is known as the "Classic City." It now has also been dubbed the sixth best place to live in the U.S., according to Outside magazine.

The magazine praised Athens' football and party scenes as well as its farm roads and mom-and-pop restaurants.

But there's more to Athens than just UGA football and pizza shops.

"It's the quality of life; it's the parks; it's the art; it's the entertainment that really makes the difference here.  It's just a very comfortable place to live.  The cost of living is fantastic," resident Pete Konenkamp said. 

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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Bulldog Nation has plenty to bark about.

The University of Georgia will have a top 10 football team this year, according to the broadcasters and writers who take part in the Associated Press poll.

The Bulldogs, who kick off the season Sept. 5 against the University of Louisiana-Monroe, are ranked ninth.

Georgia Tech came in 16th place.

This is the first time since 2010 that the Yellow Jackets had a pre-season ranking.

Ohio State tops the college football poll. The defending champs collected all 61 first-place votes from the panel.

The Standard, which opened less than a year ago, is one of a few new luxury apartment complexes in Athens that caters to University of Georgia students. With about a half dozen such complexes either completed or nearing completion, Athens expects to add a
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“I’m going to show you one of the developments that’s finished that has the infinity pool on the roof,” Athens-Clarke County Housing and Community Development Director Rob Trevena says.

Trevena drives through downtown Athens, Georgia, which these days looks a lot like some of Atlanta’s booming neighborhoods: Construction is everywhere.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 while Martin Luther King and others look on, on Aug. 6, 1965.
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Calling it one of the “most monumental laws” in American history, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law 50 years ago this week, on August 6, 1965.

The measure prohibits racial discrimination in the voting process. Key sections of the Voting Rights Act placed special requirements on southern states like Georgia, which had long histories of voting discrimination and enacting barriers against minorities – including literacy tests.

The University of Georgia North Campus green in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The University of Georgia is the only Southeastern Conference member among the Princeton Review's annual list of the nation's top 10 party schools.

Georgia comes in at No. 8 in this year's rankings by the college guide.

The Athens News-Banner reports the ranking is the highest for Georgia since 2012, when it was ranked fifth.

SEC members Ole Miss and the University of Florida also are on the party school list but didn't rank in the top 10. The University of Mississippi comes in at 12th, and Florida is No. 14.

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It's almost time for college football.

And to whet fans' appetite for Saturday afternoons on the gridiron, the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN and the Atlanta Sports Council are hosting a Huddle-Up Luncheon to take a look at the upcoming season.

Georgia Tech kicks off the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosting the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

UGA makes its debut two days later on Sept. 5, when they entertain the ULM Warhawks at Sanford Stadium.

The University of Georgia's law school says it has received a $500,000 gift from a state legislator to create a scholarship.

The UGA School of Law said in a news release Friday that alumna Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans, a Democrat from Smyrna, made the gift to help first-generation college graduates attending the school.

The first Evans Scholar is set to be named in the fall.

University of Georgia arch, looking to Downtown Athens
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Bulldog Nation will boost its staff, and officials say this will result in a better overall experience for students. The University of Georgia plans to hire 56 new faculty members by 2016. This will increase the school's faculty size by nearly 3 percent. And having more staff will trim the student-to-teacher ratio in many classes to below 20. “I think overall it will help students have more success at UGA, beyond UGA and just leave UGA having a better experience,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president of instruction at UGA. These faculty additions will cost the school nearly $4.5 million. 

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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Russ, otherwise known as UGA IX, is getting ready to retire.

The English bulldog has been the University of Georgia’s mascot since September 2012.

The Athens Banner Herald reports Russ’ grandson, Que, will likely be the successor.

Que is solid white, unlike Russ who has spots on his back.

He’s about 18 months old and made an appearance at the 10th annual Countdown to Kickoff this weekend in Athens.

The University of Georgia sign in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
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The University of Georgia has broken its record for gifts and pledges to the school.

University officials announced this week that gifts and new pledges added up to $144.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that UGA President Jere Morehead had predicted that the university would set a new fundraising record in his second year in office.

Photos of junior beekeepers
Courtesy of Cindy Hodges, President of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association

Honeybees are struggling to survive and scientists believe several factors could be to blame, including pesticides and degradation of habitat.

But in Decatur, Georgia honeybees seem to be thriving in local colonies.

Decatur actually has a lot of beekeepers and these beekeepers treat their bees like pets, making sure the insects are well cared for.

The Iron Horse sculpture surveys the scene near Watkinsville, Georgia. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IronHorse.jpg
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Today is May 27.  

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.  

As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."  

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There’s a street in Athens, Georgia, some residents want to make sure doesn't change.  

West Rutherford Street was once part of a streetcar suburb in Clarke County with homes dating back to the early 1900s.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners are now asking for a moratorium on building and demolition permits in that neighborhood.

A few years ago, homeowners on West Rutherford Street said no thanks when they were asked to be part of a historic district. 

Sumatran tiger Jalal lives at Zoo Atlanta. He is one of the tigers that contibuted cells to the UGA stem cell research project
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The Sumatran tiger once roamed vast stretches of the jungle on the Southeast Asian island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Now the big cat is classified as critically endangered – on the brink of extinction.

The clouded leopard is in a similar battle for its life. The smallest of South Asia’s big cats, it once claimed a vast territory that stretched from the Himalayan foothills to the forests of the mainland into China.

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