Columbia County puts college name issue on Aug. 21 agenda

Meanwhile, Augusta commission remains silent on issue

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 9:53 AM
Last updated 11:52 PM
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The Columbia County Commission doesn’t like the Georgia Regents University name, either.

Commissioner Charles Allen proposed at Tuesday’s Management and Financial Services meeting that an item be added to the agenda for the county’s Aug. 21 commission meeting.

He said he would like to have a resolution prepared asking the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to reconsider the name they chose for the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities. The proposal passed unanimously.

“I think it’s important they understand where we are at on this,” Allen said.

The resolution will go before the full
commission next week.

Augusta Commissioner Jerry Brigham, who tried to get his city’s commission to approve a resolution in support of keeping “Augusta” in the new name, said Tuesday that there had been no commission discussion about weighing in on the matter since the announcement.

Brigham’s resolution, which needed six votes to pass, received only five supporting votes June 5. Commissioners Bill Lockett and Matt Aitken opposed it, and three other commissioners were absent when the vote was taken.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/12 - 10:06 am
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Good!

Thank you, Charles Allen. We need to have some governing bodies expressing strong outrage over the new name. The Board of Regents is a political body, and it should respond to citizen outrage.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 08/14/12 - 10:13 am
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Too little too late

I hate to say it but I think this is a waste of the commission's time. I hope I am wrong but I am thinking that the BOR think they are too high and mighty to be pushed around. They report to the Governor and think they are above the County Commission. Plus they have the full backing of Dr Azziz, who as we know thinks everything that comes out his mouth is a golden nugget. Good luck to Comm Allen, I applaud your efforts sir!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/14/12 - 10:18 am
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Hey Barry!

I am sure the Regents know that the most of the locals are not on board with the new name but if addresses are available why not email this News Times story to each one of them?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/12 - 10:20 am
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Political Drama Mr Allen
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Talk something to death. Latch yourself to a real issue. Divert attention from real issues. Your job of leadership and representation is in CC Correct. In CC. Try working on some issues like rain tax and swamp land zoning. Or lighting rods and surge protectors for the EMERGENCY CENTER.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/14/12 - 10:57 am
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Pure grandstanding
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This has as much to do with Columbia County as it does with Chatham County.

ASU and MCG are state-wide institutions.

The name has to stay, unfortunately. Academic institutions cannot merrily continue to change their name until some popular consensus is achieved. Three name changes in three years is three too many for an old and venerable institution.

What if the next name is equally unpopular? Do we then go for a fourth name change?

Sorry folks. This pie is baked.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 08/14/12 - 12:07 pm
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Hey Augusta, when is your

Hey Augusta, when is your WIMP mayor, you know, Mr. Nice Guy to everyone going to stand up the banner of opposition to the name?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/14/12 - 12:09 pm
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@ Mr. Thackeray

Deke is busy with his usual workout at the moment.

The workout consists of running as fast as he can to his beach house at the first hint of controversy.

MD2013
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MD2013 08/14/12 - 12:54 pm
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Good!

Way to go Columbia County! You guys deserve something good for this. We need to get Richmond County on board now!

willie7
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willie7 08/14/12 - 01:03 pm
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Why don't we move on----I
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Why don't we move on----I think the name will be benefical to the University and the city of Augusta. The members of the board of Regents will want the college named for them to be one of the best in the system.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/14/12 - 02:17 pm
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You move on if you want to

However, some of us don't want to be stuck with this awful name. Therefore, we will press the matter until something is done about it, or until all avenues and options for changing it have been exhausted.

This is more important than the "move on" crowd appears to understand.

cheeringonthedawgs
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cheeringonthedawgs 08/14/12 - 02:20 pm
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Thanks for trying but this

Thanks for trying but this name is no better than the last. Why keep "REGENTS" in it at all. Oh yea to serve the egos of the BOR and Azziz. I'm sorry I will fight for the name to be University of Augusta. Just tell me where and when.

David Parker
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David Parker 08/14/12 - 02:38 pm
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i guess it's a matter of

i guess it's a matter of principle willie7.

I don't speak for anyone else here but i'll give you the what for. The city of Augusta should not be thrown under the bus like this. We'll never know how things would have turned out had the BoR included the city in it's process. We'll never be able to move on, b/c there is a prevalence of attitudes from 16 or so people that GRU is the name and that's that, despite the people of Augusta categorically rejecting it. Our city is not located on campus, their campus is located on our city. So the attitude that all will work itself out, isn't cutting it at this stage. Like I said, could've been different if more communication had occurred.

gaptomom
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gaptomom 08/14/12 - 03:13 pm
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TO I guess it's a matter

Probably the only thing that would have been different had more communication occured would have been that more money would have been wasted on surveys which were a pretty lame attempt "to attempt to appease the fair citizens of "uncool" Augusta". Thankful that someone had the good sense to request an open records report of the survey to show how underhanded things have been done. The founders of Augusta, ASU and MCG are probably turning over in their graves at the GRU-some name that appears we will be strapped with. I am certainly not a fan of lawsuits but I hope that Pat Robertson will show some of the "don't mess with me" attitude that he has had in the past and help bring about a name change. If this goes to court--are the BOR and Azziz ready to pay for it out of their pockets since they are behind it? Neither ASU nor MCG (GHSU) should have to take a single penny out of their accounts to defend a name that both institutions didn't want.

communistwookie
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communistwookie 08/14/12 - 03:52 pm
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Columbia County?

what does columbia county have to do with the college? Does it not sit in Richmond County?

gaptomom
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gaptomom 08/14/12 - 04:00 pm
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Columbia County

@communistwookie

Really? I can only assume that you do not reside locally. A large percentage of the employees and students at both schools reside in Columbia County and should have a voice in the discussions, however futile, regarding the name change.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/14/12 - 06:10 pm
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Augusta
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Small town Augusta really has the bit between its teeth on this one, doesn't it? How to explain to these Gomer Pyles that the name "Augusta" is poison in academia?

OK....can you imagine Cornell changing its name to the "University of Ithaca" or Yale changing its name to the University of New Haven?

Neither can I. But that's what you clowns are calling for.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/14/12 - 09:33 pm
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Columbia county resolution??
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Columbia county resolution?? Have mercy. Y'all can do all the symbolic crusading you want....it's not going to change a thing. This is bigger than Augusta and is evidenced by the rejection of Augusta in the name. Not really the best name...but, from a statewide perspective, there's a ton of reasons for leaving Augusta off the label. (1. See dysfunction and incompetence on the city/county commission.)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/14/12 - 08:43 pm
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There’s a reluctance of officials to criticize

There’s a reluctance of officials to criticize those in educational leadership positions such as Dr. Azziz because they control hundreds of millions in funds and jobs. I remember a story a former Columbia County BOE member told me.

It was Lee Muns, a blue collar, down to earth guy, who made a success of an industrial business he started that employed many people. He said because of deficiencies noted one year he thought they should note the problems on the Superintendent’s evaluation. He said he didn’t want to fire him or anything, just to note the deficiencies like is done in all businesses.

But the other BOE members jumped all over him and said they would make the Superintendent mad if they said anything like that to him. Lee said all he could do was shake his head at the frightened BOE members.

communistwookie
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communistwookie 08/14/12 - 09:03 pm
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Yes i Do...

why yes i do live in augusta, my point was what if any power would columbia county have over a decision made in richmond county.. What a waste of time and tax payer money to even have a discussion about it..

KSL
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KSL 08/15/12 - 01:14 am
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Good grief wookie. You think

Good grief wookie. You think the funds that support those two schools come only from Richmond Co? My family has paid Ga. taxes for decades. I want Augusta in the name and I don't live there.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 08/15/12 - 06:15 am
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It's still Clarks Hill Lake

It's still Clarks Hill Lake or simply the "Lake" as far as I'm concerned, so I imagine that whatever they name the University, it will always be MCG to me.

communistwookie
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communistwookie 08/15/12 - 04:16 pm
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Nope

I certainly do know some money is coming from elsewhere just as columbia county residence shop in richmond county, but that doesnt give columbia county the right or recourse to really have any say in what richmond county does...

In fact its a STATE college, not a county or community college... so....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/15/12 - 10:49 am
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Point of fact, this is what

Point of fact, this is what the state does.

David Parker
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David Parker 08/15/12 - 10:53 am
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Counter point of fact This is

Counter point of fact

This is what the Georgia residents do, but not enough

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