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1  Football Predictions / SIAC Predictions - 2015 / Re: SIAC Football - Week 13: November 28, 2015 on: November 23, 2015, 10:44:40 PM
Tuskegee please.....
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Watch Stephen Curry and Dell Curry Play a Father-Son Game of HORSE on: November 20, 2015, 08:19:08 PM
3  Football Predictions / SIAC Predictions - 2015 / Re: SIAC Football - Week 12: November 21, 2015 on: November 20, 2015, 07:37:51 PM
Tuskegee and Miles please.......
4  Discussion / On the Sidelines and In The Stands / Re: Alcorn band member quits because of bullying on: November 17, 2015, 10:32:00 AM
You can hear some stupid girl in the background saying" What y'all breaking it up for, let 'em fight". Then time the girl get the shyt knocked of her you can hear her say ohhhhhh. They stood by and pushed that fight for their entertainment purposes. I don't think too many people are going to be messing with Teiadra.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: SIAC CHAMPION MILES on: November 15, 2015, 02:54:24 PM
Congratulations to Miles. You did what you had to do. You won the Championship.
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: SIAC Championship Game on ASPIRE on: November 15, 2015, 02:52:22 PM
The D-1 Quarterback we had from Central Florida was the worse. But this one comes close. We have looked bad all year on offense. I am not(and never have been) a fan of this offense. We haven't looked good offensively in years. It only seems to get worse. Yes, we beat the regulars. We seem to have one or two good passing plays, same running plays.  Dan Land needs to put the offensive coaches on notice. Also, I've never seen our defense give up so many passing yards as they did this year.Friend or no friend everyone has to be accountable.
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Please Post Today's Scores and Highlights 14 November 2015 on: November 14, 2015, 03:24:32 PM
link...CIAA Game... http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/HSRN3
8  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Dunning/Huckaby discuss Albany State University-Darton State College merger on: November 13, 2015, 03:05:59 AM
Falling enrollment numbers at both schools cited as one reason for consolidation.

ALBANY — The Georgia Board of Regents created perhaps the biggest controversy to hit higher education in Albany Tuesday morning when it voted unanimously to consolidate Albany State University and Darton State College under the umbrella of Albany State.

On Thursday, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Albany State President Art Dunning sat down with The Herald to answer questions and concerns about the decision.

Huckaby said the merger had been under consideration for several years, but the tipping point came after he got a look at the University System of Georgia’s Fall enrollment report which showed ASU down 10.7 percent and Darton down 2.7 from the previous year.

“We’ve monitored enrollment patterns and we have a funding formula in place, and the two schools were not growing, not earning more money. But it was not just enrollment problems. We look at things like the program cuts and knew we had to turn that around,” Huckaby said. “There was some discussion of folding four institutions (ASU, Darton, Georgia Southwestern and Bainbridge) into one. But this merger, with the close proximity of the two campuses, made sense.”

Dunning said the “new” ASU will be able to offer a broader array of programs to a more diverse group of students, despite the university’s HBCU (Historically Black College and University) designation.

“The new ASU, as it always has been, will be an inviting place for every person in southwest Georgia and the state of Georgia. So the (HBCU) designation isn’t going to change that,” Dunning said. “As a larger institution we are going to ratchet up and enhance the sort of academic offerings that lead directly to gainful employment. We will have one of the most diverse campuses in the the University System of Georgia. That is the intent.

“We are going to look at academic programs, offerings and look at community engagement and economic development. This broader array of academic programs will allow us to do that.

Dunning added that the response from ASU alumni has been generally positive.

“I talked to a number of alumni at the (ASU- Fort Valley State) football game in Columbus, and they are very much on board. We’re talking about ‘one Albany’ right now, and people are excited,” Dunning said. “I think the way this has been framed is the right way, the right way to address the needs of this congressional district. People are respectful of both institutions’ past, but they’re excited about the new university’s future.”

Huckaby said that another factor in the consolidation was the USG’s need to “optimize the resources available to us.”

“Believe it or not, but we spend a lot of time in Atlanta talking about problems in Southwest Georgia … education, the economy … and what we can do about it,” Huckaby said. “We think this merger is part of that solution. We have 30 schools in the university system. Last year, 18 had increased enrollment and 12 had declining enrollment. Unfortunately, a lot of the declines were in this region.

The Chancellor added that falling numbers at ASU are not just a problem with Georgia’s HBCUs, but it’s also a nationwide trend.

“When you look at our enrollment data of African-American students systemwide, we fall close to around 100,000 students. Only about 10 to 20 percent of African-Americans go to HBCUs,” Huckaby said. “They can go anywhere they want to go, and that’s what’s happening. That is some of the reason for the decline in enrollment at Albany State and Fort Valley. Art is right about the diversity of the campus. When we started the consolidations our goal was not to save money on the bottom line. We wanted to be able to invest more money on academic programs, and that is what we’ve done in every case.

“We want our HBCUs to thrive and to be as strong academically as any other school in our system.”

As far as Darton’s role as a two-year school which produces associate degree graduates along with certificates, Huckaby does not see a change in that mission. He added that tuition for associate degree programs would remain lower than those pursuing baccalaureate degrees.

Huckaby said 20-member teams from each campus will be formed in about two weeks to assess the needs of the combined schools and make recommendations to the Regents. He added that the committees would first define the new university’s mission before looking over “800 to 900” decision points.

“Ideally, the 20-member panels from each school will have a plan put together by September or October, and we could get final SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) approval by next January,” he said.

Dunning added that signature programs — ones which attract students — will play a crucial role in making the merger work.

“Students today are looking for signature programs. We must determine what programs the new ASU will be known for,” Dunning said. “Supply chain logistics is important, but we also want to emphasize the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. And in order for our community to have a well-trained work force, we need for adults to come back to school.”

Huckaby said he hopes to have an interim president in place at Darton within the next two weeks.

9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / I'm having daily problems logging onto Onnidan...Is it me or what? on: November 12, 2015, 02:57:00 PM
I keep getting an "Internal Error" message or this..."The website is temporarily unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit. Please try again later". Why is this happening and what can I do to prevent it.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Albany State students robbed at gunpoint on: November 12, 2015, 04:00:20 AM
Must be a slow news day. I usually read about GA Tech students getting robbed around Tech about once a month. Pretty sure it still happens. The AJC is probably so used to it now they've stopped reporting it. Or the folks at GA Tech whispered in somebody's ear to stop reporting it because "you're making us look bad over here". Guess the fact that they are ASU students make this more newsworthy. This should come as NO surprise to anyone on this board when it comes to Albany News Media or HBCU's in the news.

 It still won't stop the merger. Hopefully it will help students to be a little more careful and aware of their surroundings when they are out and about. Especially at night time.

11  Football Predictions / SIAC Predictions - 2015 / Re: SIAC Football - Week 11: November 14, 2015 on: November 10, 2015, 12:10:10 PM
My last opportunity to get them all right for the regular season... I'll take what's behind door # 1 please...The G-Rams!!!
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: BREAKING NEWS IN ALBANY! ALBANY STATE AND DARTON MERGER on: November 06, 2015, 05:59:18 PM
This was in the making when they "fired"  Darton's former President. The negative ASU news as of lately had nothing to do with the decision made. It was already made. Things just had to be put in place. I think the city will come together and work better as one. Maybe some better programs can come to the school that is much needed in the Southwest Georgia area. It's time for growth and prosperity for the school and Albany. Otherwise I don't think Albany State (by itself) will grow anymore than they allow us to grow. Just my opinion.
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: THE FOUNTAIN CITY CLASSIC Albany State U vs Fort Valley State U on: November 05, 2015, 09:44:47 AM
I will be right there in my rain gear, wearing Fote Balley colors and cheering my Golden Rams on to victory...... Grin...... tiptoe
14  Discussion / Sports Forum / THE FOUNTAIN CITY CLASSIC Albany State U vs Fort Valley State U on: November 05, 2015, 08:41:29 AM
Albany State gears up for annual Fountain City Classic

ASU and Fort Valley State need to win to make SIAC Championship game

ALBANY — There are few things in life that are certain — death, taxes and the Fountain City Classic game between Albany State and Fort Valley State.

The series between the two began in 1945. In 1990, the game moved to Columbus, Ga. and officially became known as the Fountain City Classic. Albany State head coach Dan Land played for the Rams in the late ’80s before it moved to Columbus and said back then it felt like another homecoming game with both teams feeding off the crowd and fighting to protect their respective fields.

He said during his junior year, Albany State hosted the undefeated Wildcats while boasting an 8-1 record. They squared off at Hugh Mills Stadium against a squad that had Greg Lloyd, Eddie Anderson and Darryl Holmes, three players that eventually went on to play in the NFL.

Land recalled the amount of scouts in attendance and how he stole the show, scoring three touchdowns nearly 200 yards rushing to help the Rams win 23-3.

“It was a big time game and they ended up watching me more than they were watching them,” Land said with a chuckle. “So that was one of the moments when I played that I remember.”

Since the Fountain City Classic was born, the Rams have dominated the series 19-6 including a dramatic 19-10 win last year.

But offensive coordinator Steve Smith recalled the 35-13 loss suffered his first year as an assistant. Before that, the Rams had won seven straight.

“It’s always bad when you lose to Fort Valley. You don’t want to lose to them and lose the opportunity to be number one,” he said. “I think that was when Pit (current FVS head coach Donald Pittman) had just left and went to Fort Valley…(our starting quarterback at the time) tried to prove certain things.

“It’s a lot like last week with coach Mike White, a lot guys trying to prove that ‘Hey, I can play.’ It was one of those scenarios and he didn’t play well and it hurt us. But we didn’t play well as an offense, period.”

The Rams bounced back and won five of the next six.

Part of what makes the rivalry special, according to Land, is how similar the teams are every year. Both teams are undefeated in the SIAC East and need the win to punch their ticket to the SIAC Championship game. Their coaching staffs have worked closely with one another at some point, making it that much more interesting.

“It’s always been that relationship where the two teams’ coaches are friends and know each other very well,” Land said. “You know what they’re going to do and they know what we’re going to do and that’s what always made the rivalry special because of the relationship we had between the two teams.”

Smith noted that relationship between the two communities always makes for a good game.

“The fan base and the alumni is what makes it what it is” he said. “ It’s two blue and gold teams, two HBCUs, two close HBCUs, and I think that makes the rivalry. You’ve got a lot of people from Albany that go to Fort Valley and a lot of people from Fort Valley that go to Albany, so you got that clash of two cities.”

15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Michael Jordan: ‘He Took Commerce Over Conscience’ on: November 03, 2015, 03:17:12 PM
Anytime a brother is making a lot of money somebody is behind the scene trying to start some shyt to bring him down..... tiptoe
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