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General Discussion Forum / Albany State student found dead in Rockdale Co.
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:56:53 PM »
By WALB News Team |

CONYERS, Ga. (WALB) - An Albany State University (ASU) student was one of three found dead in Rockdale County, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.
Joshua Baker, 19, was found dead during a welfare check on Sweetwater Lane in Conyers on Dec. 2. The sheriff’s office said that the incident is believed to be a domestic dispute and the three deceased are related.
“Josh was a star in high school theater, had just started college and was a Marine Reserve initiate. If you ever met Josh, you will always remember his quick wit, big smile and gracious heart. He loved his family and was a good friend to so many.”
Andrea Farmer - Friend of the family
Dr. Wendy Wilson, interim vice president for student affairs, said in an email to students, faculty and staff that the university is mourning the loss of Baker, who was a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Our condolences are with his family and friends as they deal with this loss,” Wilson said. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

The university said counseling services are available for students.
The sheriff’s office also said that Jaydah Curry, 25, of Conyers, and Michael Curry, 50, of Conyers, were also found dead inside the residence.
Andrea Farmer, who is a friend of the family, told WALB News 10 that Jaydah was Baker’s sister.
Farmer also said that Jaydah had a 2-year-old son with her husband, who has also passed.

To help the family, Farmer has started a GoFundMe account. She said all of the money raised will go to Jaydah and Baker’s mother who is trying to pay for two funeral services and take care of her 2-year-old grandson who has now lost both of his parents.
This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.
Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.


Ten people have been shot in New Orleans leaving 2 in critical condition early Sunday morning.


A shot of the University of Georgia's live mascot, Uga X, during Saturday's college football game went viral on Tuesday in a tweet from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
In the tweet, PETA called for the school to stop using live bulldogs as the school's mascot.
"HE LOOKS MISERABLE," the tweet said.
In the video, Uga is in his doghouse on the sideline during UGA's football game with Texas A&M University on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. It was heavily raining at the time.

"No dog deserves to be packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans," the tweet said. "Animals are NOT mascots (thumbs down emoji) @UGAAthletics must retire Uga immediately! He should be at home with a loving family."

The tweet received criticism on Twitter.

The UGA football media guide says there has been a bulldog acting as the school's live mascot since 1944.
The current Uga is named Que, and he's been the acting mascot at UGA since 2015. He took over as the live mascot at 2-and-on-half years old, making him approximately a seven years old now.

Politics / Joe Biden floats two Georgia Democrats as his No. 2
« on: November 24, 2019, 04:55:25 PM »
Stacey Abrams seems likely to be in the conversation as a potential vice presidential pick next year. A second Georgian could also be on plenty of short-lists in 2020.

Former Vice President Joe Biden floated the names of both Abrams and Sally Yates, the ex-acting U.S. Attorney General from Atlanta, at a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend.

General Discussion Forum / ASU student housing project ahead of schedule
« on: November 20, 2019, 05:50:36 PM »
ASU student housing project ahead of schedule

By Bobby Poitevint ..

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A student housing project for Albany area students is ahead of schedule, according to the project’s developer.
The 216 bed, three-building, multi-story housing will be for college students in the Albany area.
It is located across from Albany State University on Radium Springs Road.
Developer Matt Davis with Davis Companies said its thanks to the city’s speedy permit process and other factors that made the project ahead of schedule.

“Crews have been working some long days many weekends and we’ve also really gotten a break from the weather," Davis said. "We’ve had very good weather, so we are ahead of schedule. Looking at the end of July, students will move in mid-August for the start of fall semester 2020.”
Davis said crews are finishing up some underground utilities and working on foundations on Tuesday.
He said Albany and ASU leaders have been great to partner and work with.

Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.

Sports Forum / Miles College should be in the Playoffs.
« on: November 16, 2019, 10:24:03 PM »

Albany State coach Gabe Gairdina calls for SIAC winner to be in playoffs

Albany State head coach Gabe Giardina called for the SIAC winner to have a spot in the NCAA playoffs Friday afternoon during a press conference at Lovett Hall on the campus of Albany State University.
“This conference is tough,” Giardina said. “It is like Murder’s Row playing conference opponents week after week. I think if we win the championship we should be in the playoffs,” he said. “If they win (Miles), then I think they deserve a spot in the playoffs. If you can win this conference. I believe you should be in the playoffs.”

The coaches and two players from each team were on hand for the press conference to discuss their seasons and what it would take to win the game and the championship.
Both coaches said the game outcome would hinge on big plays and turnovers.

Albany State (7-3) and Miles College (8-2) have met in the championship game five times now. Last year Miles won in Birmingham.

The G-Ramz against the Miles Bearz

          At 2pm

If you have TV with a talking remote just say ESPN3..and it will come up and you can watch it on your big TV screen. If not just click the link posted above or type into your web

Be there or Be Square!!!

 Hampton Smith should be recognized in the Black College Football Hall of fame. He was a very good coach. He did a lot for Albany State(College) University and Black College Football. At one point he had the best winning percentage of all HBCU's over a span of 10 - 15 years.

RESOLUTION recognizing and commending Coach Hampton Smith of Albany State University; and for other purposes.

                         A RESOLUTION
  1- 1  Recognizing and commending Coach Hampton Smith of Albany
  1- 2  State University; and for other purposes.
  1- 3  WHEREAS, Coach Hampton Smith has served as the football
  1- 4  coach at Albany State University for 21 years, where he has
  1- 5  earned a tremendous reputation and brought honor and fame to
  1- 6  the university and its athletic department; and
  1- 7  WHEREAS, under his leadership Albany State has advanced to
  1- 8  new heights in collegiate football, winning eight Southern
  1- 9  Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and four
  1-10  consecutive conference championships; and
  1-11  WHEREAS, he is one of a small number of coaches in the
  1-12  conference to win more than 100 career games, and in 1996
  1-13  five of his players signed with NFL teams; and
  1-14  WHEREAS, during the 1996 season, he guided the Golden Rams
  1-15  to a 7-2 conference record, and the terrific record and the
  1-16  sterling performance exhibited by these young athletes
  1-17  reflect his expert coaching ability and experience; and
  1-18  WHEREAS, the Golden Rams have a proud tradition that has
  1-19  been largely created by this legendary coach, whose
  1-20  enthusiasm, vision, and remarkable drive have inspired the
  1-21  very best from his teams and instill the highest respect for
  1-22  the coach.
  1-24  REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body recognize and
  1-25  commend Coach Hampton Smith on his distinguished career at
  1-26  Albany State University and convey to him their appreciation
  1-27  and best wishes as he is honored at the Hamp Smith Celebrity
  1-28  Roast.
  1-29  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of
  1-30  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an
  1-31  appropriate copy of this resolution to Coach Hampton Smith
  1-32  of Albany State University.

Just Squeaky Clean

In 46 weeks this year, there have been 44 school shootings

They have taken place across the country. From Georgia to California. At elementary, middle and high schools. On college and university campuses.

ALBANY — The City of Miami Gardens announces the 2020 resurgence of the historic Orange Blossom Classic on Sunday, September 6 at the Hard Rock Stadium with a gridiron showdown between Florida A&M University and Albany State University.
After it’s 41-year hiatus, the local organizing committee plans to usher in a new energy and a fresh experience during its Labor Day weekend showcase of the OBC to engage alumni, students, families and fans; while empowering the youth through official events and community initiatives designed to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities within the enriched community of Miami Gardens.
“The homecoming of the Orange Blossom Classic aligns with the transformation of Miami Gardens into so much more than a city — we are a community. It’s not just football. It’s the revival of an untamed legacy.” Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens

Founded in 1933 by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of FAMU’s president, OBC was the must-see game of the postseason that helped establish the foundation of HBCU football classics. The inaugural OBC was played in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Florida., in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0.
“We look forward to the renewal of the Orange Blossom Classic and urge fans and friends to get their tickets early. Our Rattler football team is having a great season, and 2020 will be no different,” said Larry Robinson, FAMU President.
“We are excited to participate in the resurgence of the Orange Blossom Classic. We’re looking forward to connecting with Golden Ram alumni and supporters in what will surely be a great matchup,” Marion Ross Fedrick, ASU President said.
The history of the OBC runs deep within the state of Florida, previously hosted in the cities of Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Miami from 1933 -1978. After 46 competitions, this will be the first time FAMU and ASU will face each other at the OBC.
“We are thrilled and excited as a team to be a part of the 2020 Orange Blossom classic. Our fans are already buying up hotel rooms and letting me know personally how excited they are to not only go to Miami but also to play one of our rivals from the past. We know the game is in 2020, but Golden Ram nation cannot wait for the game next fall,” Albany State Head Football Coach Gabe Giardina, said.

The OBC promises to unite alumni, students, fans, and those with an affinity to the HBCU experience in a fun, memorable, family-reunion filled atmosphere; and with a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come.
For more information about the Orange Blossom Classic visit,
About the Orange Blossom Classic:
The Orange Blossom Classic was founded in 1933 by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president. It was hosted in front of a crowd of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. between FAMU and Howard. For 46 years, from 1933 -1978, the Orange Blossom Classic was the must-see game of the postseason, unofficially referred to as the “Black National Championship” game, helping to establish the foundation of HBCU football classics.

ALBANY -- The number is not a large one -- a loss of 249 students -- but Albany State University President Marion Fedrick said Thursday the loss of every single student is hard for her to take.
During a fall semester that saw the 26 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia grow by a cumulative 1.5 percent, Albany State, and all but two other colleges in south Georgia, fell off on enrollment for the fall semester of 2019, according to a report released Wednesday by the university system.
ASU's current enrollment of 6,122 students is a 3.9 percent decline from its 2018 enrollment of 6,371.

"There are two big problems we have at Albany State," Fedrick said. "One is housing and the other is financial aid. Those are challenges we face, and while we're working to resolve them, they remain significant challenges for us."
The ASU president said hundreds of students were placed on a housing waiting list prior to the start of fall semester, when a class of 2,341 first-year students registered. And while some of the students decided to wait a semester before enrolling at ASU, many enrolled at their next institution of choice.
"We tried to find suitable (housing) options in the community for all of the students who wanted to attend Albany State, but the reality is that most students -- and particularly most students' parents -- want their freshmen on campus or as near to campus as possible," Fedrick said. "Some said they'd wait until spring to start classes in hopes that they'd be able to get on-campus housing. We reached out to 600 of those students (on the housing waiting list), but that's always going to be a problem for us.
"We just aren't building buildings right now."
Fedrick said a private apartment complex located adjacent to the ASU campus on Radium Springs Road could help with fall 2020 enrollment, if the complex is completed.

"They're talking about 240 beds at that complex, so, yes, it could help," the ASU president said. "And I understand that there are two or three other developers talking about apartment complexes that target students.
"We do everything we can to accommodate all of our potential students; we even have an apartment fair to show students all the options in the community. But the college experience is pretty much focused on being on the campus."
Fedrick said that, for a number of reasons, a large number of students did not complete their financial aid paperwork on time to qualify for fall enrollment.
"I'm not going to point fingers at anyone, but for several reasons students did not get their financial aid paperwork completed, or it didn't get processed on time," she said. "That's another big challenge for us, one we're working to resolve."
Middle Georgia State University in Macon saw the largest increase in student population outside the metro Atlanta area with an uptick of 3.4 percent. Georgia Southwestern in Americus increased its enrollment by 1.5 percent (see separate story inside) and Valdosta State by 0.5 percent to 11,211 students.
Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University saw the largest student uptick in the University System with increases of 11.5 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively. Other institutions showing enrollment increases were Augusta University (2.2%), Georgia State University (1.5%), the University of Georgia (an increase of 0.7% to 38,652 students), Georgia College and State University (0.6%), the University of North Georgia (0.1%), and Georgia Gwinnett College (2.6%).
Savannah State University and ABAC in Tifton had the largest decreases in student enrollment outside metro Atlanta, with drops of 9.5 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively. Atlanta Metropolitan State College saw its enrollment fall by a staggering 15.7 percent, to 1,844 students.
Georgia Southern's enrollment dropped slightly, to 26,054, while Georgia State University's increase took it to 53,619 students, the largest in the state.
Columbus State's enrollment of 7,877 was down 2.5 percent, Fort Valley State's 2,624 down 5.5 percent, Savannah State's enrollment falling to 3,688, while South Georgia State College in Douglas fell 5.5 percent to 2,346 students.
Fedrick noted that, "While raw numbers are important, we are also focused at Albany State on retention, on our students graduating." The university's 2019 student population includes 2,341 freshmen, almost as many as the other three classes combined.

Sports Forum / SIAC Football Championship Tickets on sale now
« on: November 10, 2019, 05:18:59 PM »
The Albany State Golden Rams will host the SIAC football championship this Saturday at the Albany State Coliseum with kickoff set for 2 p.m. As the SIAC East division winners, the Golden Rams will face the SIAC West division winners Miles College.

The Golden Rams defeated Fort Valley State 42-6 in the Fountain City Classic Saturday to earn their right to host the championship game. Miles College hosted the championship last season and beat the Golden Rams on their home field near Birmingham. The Golden Bears whipped Tuskegee Saturday 20-6 to earn their place as the west division champions.

Tickets are available now and are $20 each. The SIAC website has provided a link for tickets here:

Sports Forum / Watch the Fountain City Classic Here!
« on: November 08, 2019, 11:04:11 AM »

Albany State vs. Fort Valley State (Football)

— Saturday, November 9, 2:00 PM —

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