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Seriously, just put a damn sign in your yard.

October 4, 2012

Save the A.

If you’ve been living under a rock, and don’t know what the “A” is, let me help you out.  A is for Augusta. Your city.

As you have hopefully heard, the Board of Regents decided that Augusta’s not an important part of the state university located on Walton Way. They don’t believe that Augusta is a nationally or internationally recognized place. Even though we, the taxpayers, paid for a survey that proved otherwise. That survey also showed that the overwhelming majority wanted Augusta somewhere in the name. As a matter of fact, University of Augusta was the top choice.

When I was in Ireland this summer, and we told people we were from Augusta, not a single person said, “Oh, Maine?” The responses were things like, “ I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia,” or “oh! Golf!” But golf isn’t all we have.

This isn’t about stopping the consolidation. It’s just about making sure our city is part of the name. We are the second largest in the state, after all. The people behind Save the A are quick to thank the governor and the Regents for their efforts so far. We can have a top notch research university right here in Augusta. Hell, I’m pretty sure we do already.

Why should you care? I know, I know. There are many, many bigger fish to fry.  This doesn’t affect you. You weren’t a student. You don’t live near the university.  However, this is a cause that we can all get behind. Seriously. If you don’t care, why can’t you just pretend you do? Who will it hurt? Can you remember the last time so many different people, with different politics and beliefs got behind the same thing? It doesn’t happen often. We should run with it.

Besides, someone’s suing us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna be sued. Did you just say “Oh, they’re not suing YOU, Jenny”? Who the heck do you think is going to pay for the legal fees? I’m no attorney, but I’ll bet they ain’t coming from Azziz’s checking account. That’s right folks. We paid for the useless survey, and unless we do something fast, we will also fund a big fat lawsuit. Regent University in Virginia is prepared to sue for trademark infringement.

What’s going to happen if we just ignore it? You may think it’s not that big of a deal if the Regents win with their silly GRU name. If we have an unattractive university, our town will suffer. It’s true. Those of you who like to do nothing but complain about Disgusta and how much it sucks around here will realize just how bad it can be. ASU (New U? GRU?) brings students from almost every state in the US, not to mention the over 60 countries represented in the student body.  Many of those kids stay to work or get advanced degrees.

Thanks to some local businessmen with some sense (and cents), what started as a few college students and some concerned citizens has grown in to a full-fledged movement. Get moving.

See, it is simple. Save the A. Do your part. There is a petition, and you should sign it. Visit www.SavetheA.com , and enter your information. It’s free. Share the link on Facebook and Twitter. That’s free, too. Put a sign in our yard. You can get a sign for your yard. No charge. It won’t tell anyone if you’re Democrat or Republican. You won’t have to tell people that you’re voting for this friend and not the other. It doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay. All it says about you is that you care about your town and its future. Just put a damn sign in your yard! If you need a sign, you can visit Phoenix Commercial Printers on 11th Street. Free as well!  Don’t have a yard? Those aren’t free. We have car stickers, too! Don’t have a car? Well, the sticker, um, sticks to things.

We can get in to more facts and figures and blah, blah, blah, but let’s face it. Georgia Regents University is a stupid name. The Regents may not think so, but what do they know? I guess I can’t fault them. I might like a school with my name on it, too. If Save the A doesn’t work out…

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Hendrix permalink
    October 5, 2012 8:19 am

    GO Jenny GO…. I have a sign….

    • Nick permalink
      October 8, 2012 8:01 am

      Where do we get a sign?

      • Jenny permalink*
        October 8, 2012 5:58 pm

        Nick, you can get one at Phoenix Commercial Printers downtown or I’ve also heard that Culpepper Ace Hardware has them. Go get one!

  2. Tricie Schöler permalink
    October 5, 2012 8:54 am

    I need a sign!

  3. October 7, 2012 10:09 am

    University of Jenny. I like it.

  4. Kelly young permalink
    October 8, 2012 8:21 am

    Sign is in my yard and my cover photo on facebook.

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