Georgia’s sports reporters got a closer look at the upcoming college football season at the annual Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesday. Mercer Bears head coach Bobby Lamb was on hand to talk about the changes to his program just up the hill from the Sports Hall. “I think the biggest challenge for us is going into the Southern Conference. Certainly the speed of the conference will be a lot different than what we played last year,” Lamb said. Mercer finished with a 10-2 record in the Pioneer League last year in what was the team’s debut season. They head into Southern Conference play with their 2013 roster plus some new transfers and some freshmen.
There was more controversy Friday at the Capitol after members of the House approved a bill that allow Georgians to carry guns in more places, including churches and bars. Lawmakers dropped the provision that would have allowed guns on college campuses, but as it stands Friday, the bill would decriminalize the act of bringing a gun onto university property. House Bill 875 erases the part of Georgia's code that banned guns from churches and bars. While it doesn't say gun owners can take firearms on college campuses, it changes the penalty from criminal prosecution to a fine of 100 dollars.
University of Georgia president Jere Morehead was formally invested as the school’s President in a ceremony in Athens on Nov. 19. Morehead was named President of the University of Georgia earlier this year. At Tuesday’s ceremony, Morehead promised to do his best to live up to the university’s expectations. He stressed that students are and will remain his first priority.
An Atlanta-based immigration attorney planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against Georgia’s Board of Regents. Currently, a Regents policy requires illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities, even if they graduated from a Georgia high school.
About 3,700 college students have applied for the state's new low-interest loan program created to help soften cuts made to the HOPE scholarship. The loans have a 1 percent interest rate. Students will find out starting next week if they are selected for the loans.
The University of Georgia has delegated a committee to fill the position of dean of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences. According to school officials, the committee will be assisted by UGA's executive and faculty search group.
Georgia’s public colleges and universities will spend the next year finding new ways to raise the number of students who graduate on time. That effort is part of a new plan announced Thursday morning by Governor Nathan Deal. The governor said the goal is to help prepare for a future in which 60 percent of jobs require post-secondary degrees.
The state’s largest university is experiencing significant growth in the numbers of first-year minority student enrollment. That growth is the increase in black and Hispanic freshmen about to begin classes at the University of Georgia. African-Americans will make up 9 percent of UGA’s 5,500 student incoming class this fall. And 5 percent of the school’s first-year students are Hispanic. Both represent all-time highs for UGA.