Hundreds complain of new school name

Zach Boyden-Holmes/ Staff
Students at ASU this afternoon
Monday, Aug 20, 2012 8:13 AM
Last updated 2:56 PM
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About 300 at Augusta State University took part in a protest against the Georgia Regents name for the consolidated school.

Students listen to speakers at ASU this afternoon  Tracey McManus/ Staff Writer
Tracey McManus/ Staff Writer
Students listen to speakers at ASU this afternoon

Today’s noon protest at Augusta State University’s Doug Barnard Ampitheatre also fell on the the first day of the fall semester.

Joe Bowles, Augusta's mayor pro tem, asked the crowd, "What the hell is a GRU?' in reference to the name approved by the Board of Regents.

 The Facebook group “Everyone Against ‘Georgia Regents University’ Sound Off” started by an Augusta State University alumnus, helped organize the protest.

Less than two weeks after the announcement of the new name on Aug. 7 and the subsequent formation of the Facebook group, the group has had more than 4,000 likes from people supporting the opposition to the new name.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/20/12 - 08:31 am
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Power to the people.

Unpublished

It works. It has profoundly changed the culture of America many times. Why not "one more time"?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/20/12 - 09:00 am
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Sound OFF!

Sound OFF!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/20/12 - 09:16 am
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Too bad the weather isn't so

Too bad the weather isn't so good.

scamp1
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scamp1 08/20/12 - 09:39 am
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Go JAGS

GO Jaguars, BEAT jaGRUars !!!!!!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/12 - 10:40 am
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What do you get?

What do you get when you breed a jaguar with a kangaroo?

A jagroo !

TParty
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TParty 08/20/12 - 10:59 am
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It's important to dress well

It's important to dress well when you do these protests. "Sunday best!" MLK Jr would say.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/20/12 - 11:03 am
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At 2:00PM the Group Should........

move down to the 1400 block of Laney Walker Blvd and make sure Prez Ricky Ricardo sees them. Near the middle of the block at the red light would be good. Plan for the campus police to respond but just make an appearance!

justputtin
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justputtin 08/20/12 - 11:55 am
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Assiz needs to leave

Don't go away mad, just go away.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/20/12 - 12:06 pm
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The peasants are going to

The peasants are going to cross the moat and scale the castle walls.

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Tullie 08/20/12 - 12:20 pm
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Azziz doesn't care

He said this is a done deal, the BOR said it is a done deal, no word from our Gov Deal if he thinks it is a done deal, Mayor Deke said it is a done deal, our commissioners can hardly rouse themselves from their stupor to say much..some haven't said anything.

Azziz is not leaving till he either wants to leave or Gov Deal boots him out.

He doesn't care what we think here, he never planned on staying here, his children aren't going to be going to GRU..so no worries there. Folks like him blow in and out of places all the time. Always looking for the next challenge, the next place to conquer, the next feather in their cap.

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kiwiinamerica 08/20/12 - 12:26 pm
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So 150 showed up, huh? That

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So 150 showed up, huh?

That ought to send shock waves all the way to Atlanta.

I imagine the Regents are convening a meeting right now, out of pure terror.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/20/12 - 12:55 pm
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Do you think Tariq Azziz

Do you think Tariq Azziz would have the courtesy to show up to hear the students?

Nah.

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Dixieman 08/20/12 - 01:03 pm
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Not going to do any good

Legislators need to pass a bill overriding the Regents' decision and naming the school "University of Augusta". Nothing else will work. 300 kids? Protesting for an hour on a rainy Monday? How much sleep do you think anyone is going to lose over that?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/12 - 01:13 pm
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Hipster

What does the sign "Azziz is a Hipster" mean?

David Parker
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David Parker 08/20/12 - 03:27 pm
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Why PBR?

Why PBR?

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cheeringonthedawgs 08/20/12 - 03:52 pm
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Love the school--Hate the name

I only wish the athletes and the students in classes could attend the protest, I heard the school told the athletes not to become involved. But its THEIR NAME TOO. Sure they are going to be Jaguars but not GRU Jaguars. They came to play for ASU not GRU. Seems Azizz just cant comprehend anything much less school loyalty. How do we get rid of this guy??

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crackertroy 08/20/12 - 03:58 pm
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tparty

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That's an excellent point T-party. Protesters should wear their Sunday best. People who dress well naturally have better credibility and are treated with more respect.

And since Azziz doesn't have any respect for Augustans or ASU/MCG students, dressing well is a great starting point.

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