StudentsSeptember 1999: Vol. 78, No. 4

UGA Hourglass

55 years ago
During "Rat Week," freshmen are required to carry cigarettes and matches for upperclassmen and walk up stairs backwards. . . . The Red and Black names its first female editor-in-chief.

45 years ago
Goodbye gravel, as a paving program rids campus of old dusty parking lots . . . . The Demosthenians sponsor a campus-wide straw ballot on the "private school plan," which would grant state funds to individuals for educational purposes. Students defeat the amendment 1,120-333.

35 years ago
$20-million building program calls for more classroom and research space, and a new physical plant. . . . Fraternity members are allowed to drink alcohol at social functions, providing they use cups, not bottles or cans. Female students still aren't allowed to drink at University functions —even if they are of legal age. . . . Vince Dooley leads Dogs to 7-3-1 record in his first year as head football coach.

25 years ago
Coed dorms make their debut. . . . The impact of Title IX is being felt as women are included in formerly all-male P.E. classes. . . . Nine-story addition to the Main library is completed.

15 years ago
Bulldogs make their mark at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, as Vern Fleming and Teresa Edwards guide the U.S. men's and women's basketball teams to gold medals.
Stacie Sutton

TATE TALK: Role of athletics at UGA

As UGA celebrates winning 10 NCAA team and individual titles in one year (visit this page and this page), GM correspondent Mary Jessica Hammes visited Tate Center plaza to ask students what role athletics plays on campus and whether student-athletes should receive financial stipends beyond their scholarship:

Katherine Christian, senior in studio art, Atlanta:
Sports are overemphasized. There was no coverage of Women's History Month in the student paper. You hear about people getting robbed on page seven and it's "We have a touchdown!" on the front page. More obscure sports—like fencing or volleyball—don't get as much coverage. Although it's an alumni school and they like to see the football games, we have a lot of other cool stuff, too.

Braxton Fields (not pictured), sophomore in pre-med and biology, Albany:
I guess athletics is a social function here, as far as football in the fall goes. I went to Rollins College first and played basketball there. I do think athletics is a job. If an athlete isn't on scholarship, I think they should get minimun wage. When you're up at 5 a.m. practicing, it's pretty much a job.

Erica Brantley, senior in health promotion and behavior, Atlanta:
Athletes bring a sense of well-roundedness to campus. But what they do is overemphasized, because they're not looked at as people, but more like revenue. It goes back to economics—they're here to bring in money.

Alice Batchelder, sophomore in special education, Loganville:
I'm originally from Texas, and you're brought up to love football there—it's like a religion. I don't think athletes should be paid. Their books are bought for them, they have free tutors. Why should they get paid? But I have a great deal of respect for athletes. I know what they go through; they do a lot of hard work.

Photos by Jessica McGowen

Golfer recovering from diving injuries

Mama always said, "If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?

Reilley Rankin would answer, "Yes!"

Rankin is best known for her exploits on the golf course. The UGA sophomore was 1998 National Freshman of the Year, SEC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. During her freshman season, she won four consecutive tournaments, including the NCAA East Regional, and was named a first team All-American.

If Rankin had broken her back in a slightly different place, she would have been paralyzed. Her golf career is on hold, pending months of recuperation.

However, Rankin's prowess on the links has taken a backseat to her extracurricular activities. On a visit to a lake in Alabama last spring, Rankin leaped into the water from a 70-foot precipice. She landed awkwardly, suffering a broken sternum and two broken vertebrae. She will be confined to a body brace for three or four months. Doctors will then decide whether surgery will be necessary to help the healing process. She will not play golf this year.

"The doctor asked me if I knew how lucky I was," says Rankin. "Then he told me that if I had broken the vertebrae in my back a half-centimeter to the right or left, I would have been paralyzed."

If Rankin had been paralyzed, she would have drowned before any of her companions could have reached her. As it was, she struggled to the surface and called for help, but slipped back beneath the water before Courtney Swain, an Auburn University golfer, could pull her to safety.

"All I remember seeing," says Rankin, "is my body going down and bubbles going up."

Rankin attacks challenges or fears with the same intense energy she showcases on the golf course. "I don't like to lay up," she says. But she dismisses bravado as a reason for her latest misadventure and she thinks she learned something from the experience.

I was not showing off," she says. "I wanted to jump. I would not do it again. I learned a lot about risk and reward from this experience. My coach will like to read that."

Stephen Weeks (AB '94) is a reporter for the Carolina Morning News, which published a similar version of this story.

Year-round program underway at Oxford

They're booked on British Airways, their flight leaves on Sept. 10, and the 25 students who will study at Oxford University in England this fall are helping UGA establish a year-round beachhead in England.

"As proof of our commitment to providing an international education for our students, we have established a year-round program at Oxford University," says President Michael F. Adams. "Oxford has been the center of scholarly inquiry for the European continent for 800 years. Rhodes Scholars study there—and so do University of Georgia students."

UGA is one of only four Americans schools—and the only public institution—with a year-round residential program at Oxford. The others are Stanford, Boston University, and Williams. UGA has had a summer study-abroad program there since 1989. A spring program was added in 1994.

Students participating in the program will live in a three-story Victorian house in the heart of the city of Oxford. The brick structure has more than 5,000 square feet and includes 10 furnished rooms, each with a private bath and mini-kitchen.

New grant funds more foreign study

A $250,000 grant from the Katherine John Murphy Foundation of Atlanta will provide scholarships worth $500 to $1,000 for academically qualified undergraduates to study abroad. The University's goal is for 10 percent of the undergraduate population to study abroad by 2002.

Scholarship set up in late daughter's name

The parents of Melissa Lynn Hague, a UGA sophomore who was killed by an Athens-Clarke County bus in 1996, have established a UGA scholarship and a travel fund in her name.

Roger and Laree Hague of Marietta donated $100,000 to create a fund that will provide a scholarship annually to a junior or senior majoring in anthropology, which was to be their daughter's academic field. They also donated $25,000 to set up a travel fund, which will help anthropology students conduct off-campus fieldwork.

"Melissa never was able to fulfill her dreams," says her father, "but we hope this scholarship will assist all recipients to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams."

Melissa Hague was killed on Dec. 5, 1996, when she stepped off the curb at the intersection of Baldwin Street and Sanford Drive. She had just completed a final exam in anthropology. She attended Sprayberry High School, where she was president of the school chapter of Students for Environmental Awareness. She was also a member of Amnesty International.

After the accident, her parents filed a wrongful death suit against Athens-Clarke County. The case was settled out of court for $900,000.

Larry Dendy (ABJ '65)


What's in a name? In the case of the seven gentlemen at right, you'd have to say a lot of solidarity because all seven of them—including UGA's president—share the same name: "Michael Adams."

Front row (L-R): Michael A. Adams (phys. plant painter), Michael F. Adams (UGA president), and Michael R. Adams (senior, environmental health science, Duluth). Middle row: Michael Allen Adams (freshman, landscape architecture, Peachtree City), and Michael "Zac" Adams (junior, landscape design, Rockmart). Back row: Michael C. Adams (senior, finance, Pelham) and Michael W. Adams (biochemistry professor).

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