April 27, 2017 Leave a comment
The Jewish community in Statesboro is quite small. Less than two percent of the students at Georgia Southern are Jewish. Yet, sometimes it seems as if the smallest communities are the closest.
Despite being such a small minority at Southern, Jewish organizations on campus are continuing to strive and grow.
This past Monday April 24th, 2017 was Yom H’Shoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. To bring awareness on campus students from Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi read names of Holocaust victims. With the words “Never Forget” pasted on their chests, Hillel and AEPi silently marched through campus during the middle of the day.
This is their third year bringing Yom H’Shoa and the Jewish community looks to keep the tradition going strong.
Paige Peterson, 20, from Pembroke, Ga., spends some time with her five-month-old daughter, Kyra, at her babysitter’s house before taking Kyra home. Peterson is a junior writing and linguistics major at Georgia Southern University. She raises Kyra with her husband, Tom Peterson, who is a sniper in the United States army.
Jennifer Waanounou, 26, from Statesboro, Ga., inspects an authentic Swedish clog while placing shoes on a table display in the Deja Vu consignment shop on March 5. Waanounou bought the store, located at 601 Brannen St., from its former owner, Casey Arnett Lewis, in January 2017. She has been renovating the store over the past couple of months so it can have more space and have a more upscale retail vibe.
CJ Wiley, 23, from Statesboro, Ga., places jewelry on top of one of the displays in Deja Vu. Wiley was hired by Waanounou on March 2 to help stock the store’s increasing inventory, especially dresses for formal season. Wiley recently moved back to Statesboro to help take care of her ailing grandparents and found the store job by simply walking inside while Waanounou was there.
Debalina Ghosh, 23, a Georgia Southern graduate student from India, coaches Peyton Chapman, six, from Statesboro, Georgia, to dance along to the music playing at Holi as other students also dance on the stage on March 23.
Ghosh enjoys Holi because of the vibrant-colored flour thrown there as well as the community. “It’s like bringing all of [your] friends and family together…you’re all the same so that discrimination [of skin color] is not there,” Ghosh said.
Sharmita Saha Porshia, 20, a sophomore at GS from Bangladesh (L) dances at Georgia Southern University Holi festival on March 23 alongside Debalina Ghosh (R), 23, a second-year graduate student. Porshia and Ghosh are performing a traditional Benghali folk dance at the festival.
Betsy Fanning, 55, and Elizabeth Allen, 87, from Charleston, South Carolina, take a moment to admire the blooming cherry blossom trees at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia on April 1. Fanning and her brother, Bob Allen, 54, from Charleston, brought Elizabeth, their mother to the festival so they could enjoy the event as a family.
Sergio Ruano, 42, from St. Thomas, the United States Virgin Islands, crafts a bracelet from a repurposed bicycle spoke. Ruano had his jewelry tent set up at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia on April 1.
He has been making these bracelets for 13 years, and he purchases beads for his bracelets from all around the world. As well, he uses the bike parts other than the spokes to create steel sculptures that he sells.
The members of Southern Collegiate Gaming, an e-sports (gaming) organization at Georgia Southern University, gather for a teamwork module called the TT Module on April 17 at the Hanner Fieldhouse. Coaches from the athletics department are showing the different teams how to work together by playing a game in which the team members have to step through a gridded square. Subsequent members have to memorize where their previous teammates stepped and follow the same pattern to successfully complete the exercise.
Several SCG members try to guide Darius Minus, 19, a sophomore computer science major from San Diego, Ca., through the gridded square exercise. Many times, each small team of SCG members completed the grid exercise in a more efficient manner when the team members watching gave the member stepping through the grid specific directions.
One of the athletic coaches at the TT Module, Nick McMillen, 23 (far right), a sports and exercise psychology graduate student from Marietta, Ga., laughs as he watches some of the SCG members try to complete the grid exercise. During the module, some of the participants yelled and aggressively pointed as they talked their teammate through the exercise.
Felipe Alatorri, 20, a sophomore computer science major from Augusta, Ga., helps Tyson Griffaw, 19, a sophomore computer science major from Claxton, Ga., adjust his headset during the Willie J. Burden Gaming Tournament, hosted by SCG, on April 21. The tournament was a charity event to raise money for a scholarship to be given to a GS sports management student.
Alatorri and Griffaw, along with the other members of SCG’s competitive League of Legends team, had to relocate to their own homes to play since the internet connection at the Hollis building was not that strong.
Darius Minus, a sophomore computer science major from San Diego, Ca., shouts in frustration as he plays against the University of North Carolina during the Willie J. Burden Tournament. Minus said that since the tournament was a charity event, he and the other League of Legends first string members did not play their best. They were more focused on having fun than necessarily playing to win.
Some of the games that SCG plays competitively, such as Super Smash Bros., are played using controllers like these, which would be hooked up to an Xbox gaming console. Other games, like League of Legends, are played using players’ custom monitor, mouse, keyboard and CPU combinations. During actual competitive tournaments, SCG members will play on systems set up next to each other.