Foreign students vote fraudulently

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Date: 13/05/2010


Some non-UK students had the chance to vote fraudulently in last week’s election because of lax safeguards and mistaken electoral rolls—and at least 13 foreign students claim to have actually voted illegally, an Oxford Student investigation has revealed.

Eight of the students interviewed declined to speak on the record or reveal their college affiliation publicly, citing concerns about revealing publicly that they broke the law or – more frequently – not wishing to speak negatively about College administrators who failed to compare for accuracy the data provided to them by local electoral officials.

Max Gallien, a German student at Queen’s College – who as an EU citizen was eligible to vote in the local council election but not in the general election – said he cast a ballot in the Oxford East parliamentary contest after election workers confirmed to him he could vote in both races.

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“Slay the Jews?!”

“Slay the Jews?!”

Police report contradicts Israeli minister’s allegation of racist abuse by Union member (link to story on

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By Carl Lewis, News Editor

6 May 2010

Police have found no evidence for the widely reported claim that a student protester yelled “Slay the Jews” during an Israeli minister’s speech at the Oxford Union last term.

A video analysis of the event has revealed that Noor Rashid, a third-year at Teddy Hall, gave an accurate account to authorities concerning what he shouted at Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

It did not find any evidence that Rashid uttered the Arabic phrase “Idhbah al-yahud,” meaning “kill the Jews,” as Mr. Ayalon told the audience, and other media outlets have previously suggested.

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Eyjafjallajokull eruption scatters students across the globe

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Eruption scatters students across the globe

By Carl Lewis

22 April 2010

When second year Lady Margaret Hall student Matthew Nicholl flew home to Northern Ireland for the Easter holiday last month, he knew it might be a hectic time of the year to travel. What he didn’t know, however, is that a volcanic ash cloud would get in his way.

“It’s the last thing I was worried about. And now I’m in an awful situation. I have absolutely no idea when I can get a flight back,” Nicholl said.

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State colleges, universities hit with furloughs

State colleges, universities hit with furloughs

By Carl Lewis

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009

Public college students in the midstate may experience canceled classes, longer lines at the cafeteria and less one-on-one time with their professors this fall.

As part of a new cost-cutting measure approved Wednesday by the Georgia Board of Regents, faculty and staff at Georgia’s colleges and universities will take six furlough days during the upcoming academic year. The measure is expected to save the state $42 million.

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Shoppers turn out for sales-tax savings


Midstate shoppers turn out for sales-tax savings

By Carl Lewis

Friday, Jul. 31, 2009


Ready, set, shop. It’s a sales-tax holiday.

The four-day sales-tax holiday kicked off Thursday, and many area stores saw crammed parking lots and congested shopping aisles as a result.

So far, in 2009, retail sales nationwide have dropped about 5 percent, said John Heavener, president of the Georgia Retail Association. But in Georgia, numbers could be better than in other states because of this weekend’s sales tax holiday, which promises to lure in cash-strapped consumers who might not otherwise make purchases.

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College officials: Enrollment up at midstate colleges

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By Carl Lewis

Monday, Aug. 17, 2009

Enrollment at midstate colleges is higher than ever this fall as the sluggish economy compels students to work toward the safeguard of a college diploma, officials say.Picture 4

At Georgia College & State University, 6,665 students are set to start classes today. That’s a 15 percent increase from last year’s enrollment.

“Young people these days are starting to figure out that, in this economy, they’re going to need a college degree if they want to keep up,” Georgia College and State University spokeswoman Judy Bailey said. “And our dorms are filled to capacity.”

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Cochran home infested with estimated 1,000 bats


Update: Follow-up story ran on Jul. 30.

Cochran home infested with bats

Owner can’t afford $10,000 extermination price tag

By Carl Lewis

Saturday Jul. 18, 2009

COCHRAN — It smells foul on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Really, really foul.

Walking down the street toward Victoria Jackson’s home, the musky stench gets even worse. Stepping inside, it grows almost unbearable.

“It’s a very, very bad odor,” the homeowner said.


It’s the scent of the droppings from what exterminators estimate are more than 1,000 bats that have made Jackson’s home their roosting spot.

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Tuition ammunition


Tuition Ammunition

New G.I. bill offers midstate veterans a full ride to Mercer, Wesleyan

By Carl Lewis

Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2009

From a young age, Elyse Jones wanted to be a dermatologist.

But when she was called to active duty with the Air Force in 2002, Jones, who was 19 at the time, almost gave up her plans to go to college.

“I put everything on hold, and I wasn’t sure of what would happen or if I’d be able to go to school in the future at all,” she said.

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Eyes on the ‘flies

Eyes on the Flies:

Annual Macon butterfly count keeps tabs on ecosystem

By Carl Lewis

Tuesday Jul. 7, 2009

The van rumbled along the damp clay road as Andy Rindsberg narrowed his eyes upon the thicket of verbena and kudzu scattered underneath the Georgia Power lines.

The vehicle screeched to a halt. Rindsberg grasped his camera, binoculars and field guide and leapt out of the car.


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“Look at that!” he exclaimed, gesturing at what appeared to be a clump of average roadside weeds.

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Home schooling


Home schooling

Georgia College Foundation hopes to save home of pioneering black educator

By Carl Lewis

Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009

MILLEDGEVILLE — Fifteen-year-old Deandre Hooks crouched on the porch of a crumbling, wood-planked house Wednesday morning to complete a writing assignment.

The house was nothing special and the heat was blistering, but it didn’t seem to bother him. In fact, he felt perfectly at home.

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Outside the big box


Outside the big box

Macon Mall turns to arts, entertainment to fill empty space

By Carl Lewis

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009

Instead of showcasing his art in a downtown gallery like other artists, Michael Paul has chosen a different, less obvious place to share his work: the Macon Mall.

Paul is taking part in a new program called Artspace, which, along with a laser golf course, is one of the mall’s recent efforts to help reinvent itself.

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Peach of a party


Peach of a Party

Opening event a big draw at Georgia Peach Festival

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By Carl Lewis

Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009

Ask Andrew Mathis to name his favorite food and he’ll tell you in an instant.

“It’s peaches, no question,” he said.

Mathis, a 70-year-old from Fort Valley, worked at a peach farm earlier in life and hasn’t missed a single Georgia Peach Festival since the event was launched in 1986.

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Seeds of community


Seeds of community

Vegetable gardens help bring Macon neighbors together

By Carl Lewis

Monday, Jun. 15, 2009

Tucked away in a vacant lot behind Centenary United Methodist Church on College Street sits a humble plot where pole beans, tomatoes, eggplant and okra grow.

“But what we’re really growing is hope,” said Mark Vanderhoek, founder of the Beall’s Hill Community Garden.

Volunteers broke ground for the garden in May as a joint project of the church and the Beall’s Hill Neighborhood Association.

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Commemorating history


Commemorating history

Annual Juneteenth festival celebrates liberation, educates about struggles of slavery.

By Carl Lewis

Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009

Four years ago, Nduta Mwangi, 39, lived in a small tenement apartment in Kenya, where she and her sisters sewed traditional African dresses for a living.

Saturday, she brought those dresses to Macon and put them on sale at the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Tattnall Square Park.

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State colleges, universities hit with furloughs

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By Carl Lewis

Aug. 13, 2009

Public college students in the midstate may experience canceled classes, longer lines at the cafeteria and less one-on-one time with their professors this fall.Picture 5

As part of a new cost-cutting measure approved Wednesday by the Georgia Board of Regents, faculty and staff at Georgia’s colleges and universities will take six furlough days during the upcoming academic year. The measure is expected to save the state $42 million.

“The university system is no more immune from the impacts of this economy than any other organization,” Chancellor Erroll B. Davis said. “There will be impacts, but we will try to keep the impacts on students to a minimum.”

Still, it won’t be easy to cushion all students from the cuts.

At Fort Valley State University, officials will most likely close the campus altogether during the furlough days, spokeswoman Vickie Oldham said.

“Closing down is something we hate to do, but it’s best to do it that way because it saves on energy and utility costs,” Oldham said.

Terrance Smith, FVSU’s vice president of student affairs, said he hopes the university won’t be forced to shut down. If it does, officials will try to schedule closures during days that will impact students the least, he said.

“We’re looking at maybe a day or two during the Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas break,” Smith said.

At Macon State College, classes won’t be canceled, but students could have a harder time scheduling appointments with their academic advisers, spokesman Bill Weaver said.

“We’re hoping the impact upon students will be negligible … but it is possible that there could be some very minimal time delays in getting seen,” he said.

Weaver said Macon State officials are trying to schedule professors’ days off during weekdays when they don’t teach classes, but plans are still preliminary.

“There’s a lot of things we don’t know yet. Does everybody have to take the same day off? Could we take half days?” Weaver said.

At Middle Georgia College in Cochran, quality of student services will be impacted across the board, President Michael Stoy said.

“It’s going to cause us to stagger our workload, which could cause students to see longer lines at places like the registrar’s office,” Stoy said.

Georgia College & State University hasn’t decided yet how it will implement the furloughs, but university operations will be impacted significantly, Georgia College President Dorothy Leland said.

“Collectively, the furloughs represent the loss of approximately 37,000 people hours during the fiscal year,” Leland said. “Our challenge is to find ways to continue to operate the university effectively and educate its students under these circumstances.”

Leland said she’s confident Georgia College faculty and staff will pull together during these tough times and find creative ways to do as little harm to the university’s 6,600 students as possible.

“Fortunately, the university has a history of people pulling together,” Leland said. “There is a creative, entrepreneurial spirit here. I’m confident we’ll figure it out.”

To contact writer Carl Lewis, call 744-4347.