Julia Fechter-Portfolio

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Julia Fechter-Photostory

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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.narrative-finals-3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Events-Julia Fechter

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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.

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People line up to buy food from some of the many food trucks on Third Street at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia on April 1. Food trucks served cuisines ranging from Italian and Japanese food to American and Indian food.

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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.

Features assignment-Julia Fechter

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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. 

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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.

 

Portraits: Julia Fechter

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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.

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Paige Peterson lets her daughter, Kyra, play with a stuffed unicorn before they get into Peterson’s car to go to Pembroke. Every Tuesday and Thursday during school weeks, Peterson takes her in-person classes at the university before lunchtime. Then, she runs errands or relaxes some before she picks up Kyra.

Interactions-Julia Fechter

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Jillian Durant, 28, a GS voice professor from Savannah, Ga., practices the singing lines for Abigail Williams in the final dress rehearsal of “The Crucible” opera, held on Feb. 16 at the Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center.

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Durant’s character, Abigail Williams, struggles with “The Crucible” character of Betty Parrish, who is played by sophomore vocal performance major Cassie Warthen, 20, from Covington, Ga. Durant, Warthen and others are practicing the play during its final dress rehearsal on Feb. 16 at the Performing Arts Center. Warthen is running around the stage after her character was stricken by a mysterious illness connected to the witchcraft claims.

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From left to right: Durant; Emily Deyton, a junior music education major, from Warner Robins, Ga.; Warthen; and Adriel Baralt, a freshman music performance major, 18, from Douglasville, Ga. Deyton and Baralt play the characters of Rebecca and Francis Nurse in “The Crucible”. Their characters listen on as Reverands Hale, Parrish and other townspeople in Salem talk about possible witchcraft.The group is running through the final dress rehearsal  on Feb. 16 at the Performing Arts Center before its premiere the following night.

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Dionna Williams, 20, is a junior graphic design major from Marietta, Ga.

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Dionna Williams, 20, is a junior graphic design major from Marietta, Ga.

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Dionna Williams, 20, is a junior graphic design major from Marietta, Ga.

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Dionna Williams, 20, is a junior graphic design major from Marietta, Ga.