School Memories
Posted on January 8th, 2017 @ 9:46 am

Additional information on the Armstrong Atlantic State University situation:

  • The Board of Regents has a contact form and an Instagram account (@borusg). Contact them there was as well as the other ways I’ve mentioned.
  • On Facebook, people are using the tag #NoMerger
  • Share information with one another! I know the Armstrong Alumni has an extensive network, even if we’ve not members of the official group.
  • Attend the rallies other people have scheduled. I would love to go if my job gave me more than 30 minutes for lunch. Information as below:

Merger Protest at Armstrong in front of President Bleicken’s office Monday AND Tuesday starting at noon. We need to…

Posted by Sonny Dixon on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Here is an example of one of my Instagram posts for Armstrong, highlighting some of my time there:

Just some memories from my time at @armstrong_u #nomerger #armstrongstateuniversity #AASUforever

A photo posted by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

I urge others to do the same! The petition has 2059 signatures on it. Believe me, it was only at 47 when I signed it on Friday. I know it doesn’t represent the full amount of people angered by this.


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Armstrong-Georgia Southern Merger stories
Posted on January 7th, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

For people that aren’t in the Savannah, GA area, but did attend Armstrong, links to news articles on this matter.

Original posting date: Jan 7, 2017 at 2:27 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2017 at 6:09 PM

WTOC:

WSAV

WJCL

WTGS

Savannah Morning News: (may require paid login)

Connect Savannah:

If you know of any other links I’m missing on this subject, please link to them in the comments section.

There is also the Reddit discussions: Discussion #1 Discussion #2, and the petition which shares a lot of comments from alumni and students alike.


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I graduated from THE ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY!
Posted on January 7th, 2017 @ 10:18 am

Bits of my diploma from @armstrong_u. Nice to know the Board of Regents killed you.

A photo posted by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

This is a fact that the Board of Regents can never take away from me. AASU FOREVER.

Since my post yesterday, I have tweeted a couple of our local news stations that they should look into the fact that the merger is a done deal. Sent them a link to a comment in the Reddit post about the whole deal.  From the /r/Savannah thread, it’s these ones that really have my blood boiling:

No discussion from the public and the community whatsoever. As for the posts, I have screenshots of them in case they disappear.

I have left a comment on the Board of Regents Facebook page AND tweeted them.

At the moment, the petition has 1354 signatures on it.  As I was reading the posts, I see that they are telling the kids they already promised scholarships to start looking for another school as they can’t honor them.  How rude! Really, it’s such a wrong thing to get the coaches to recruit, and then basically tell the coach and his team members that they aren’t wanted or needed. That has to do damage to one’s psyche.  Those kids may not be the the type of player to play in Division I sports, but they work hard in their sport and are winners in Division II.

As I type this, I just got an e-mail stating I got a person to sign the petition. So far, at least 4 people have signed the petition from a link I shared.  I hope more sign it.  Even if we can’t save the school, we can at least tell the BOR how we really feel.

Also, my dad I and I were discussing the merger last night.  He hated the thought of people commuting to Statesboro for classes if they move them from Armstrong to Georgia Southern. The people that enrolled in Armstrong didn’t enroll to make that commute.  If they wanted to make the commute, then they would have enrolled at Georgia Southern.  That third Reddit post above alludes to such an idea. That post mentions that the death of 5 nursing students may have played a role. And while I am sadden and disgusted about that tragedy (making sure I do a sign of the cross passing the scene of the accident every time I’m on I-16 East), moving classes like that opens more students to an opportunity for such an accident. How can they do that?  Many kids and adults go to Armstrong because it is here in Savannah, not Statesboro.

I also started beaming when I read on the petition that a lot of people chose Armstrong for the sense of family and the high standards of academics.  I never thought much about such a standard as I went there, because I have always had a high standard of academics for myself. (I only took the C in Microeconomics because my mother died that semester; the professor telling me to take it and go is exactly what my mother would have told me to do, too, in that situation. I don’t think Dr. McGrath knows how much that little talk means to me.)

I’m also wondering about the chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) and Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ). I was a member of them (I really need to go back and pay my ΦKΦ dues) both. What can we members say now?  And what about the other kids that have chosen Greek life that isn’t academic at all?  Are they booted out or forced into Georgia Southern’s groups.  Will GSU’s members resent ASU’s members.

So, if you are like me and upset about the merger, all I can tell you is to do the following:

  • Sign the Opposition of merging Armstrong State University with Georgia Southern University petition. Speak out on your feelings about the matter.
  • Comment on any of the social media articles from about the matter.  Let the media know how you feel. If you are a kid impacted by the athletics situation, definitely speak out about what happened. If feel the public NEEDS to know about this.
  • Leave a comment on the BOR’s Facebook page and tweet them.
  • Instagram and Tweet your memories of attending Armstrong.  Pictures tell a thousand words. Let others know what the school means to you. Tag @Armstrong_U in all your posts. Show off that Pirate Pride.

We may not be able to save the school, but don’t go down without a fight!


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The Death of Armstrong?!
Posted on January 6th, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

A bit back history for me. When I was a young kid, my best friend and I would sometimes play cheerleader. Our school of choice? Georgia Tech. In high school, I applied to Georgia Tech. Why did I apply? I applied because it was always part of my life, I was smart enough to go, and I pulled a Felicity. I did get accepted to Tech, but I didn’t go. I did go to the orientation for Tech, thankfully hanging out with a few high school classmates, but the closer it was time for me to go, the less I wanted to go. I had a huge panic attack that made my parents realize I wasn’t ready at age 18 to move to Atlanta. I didn’t go.

A year later, when I was 19, I attempted a semester at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The school was in Savannah, so I could live at home. I had another panic attack at the end of the semester and dropped out.

Finally, when I was 22, I realized I was ready to return to school. I went back to AASU. I was able to recover my GPA from the crap it was to a respectable 3.6 at graduation. I worked a few campus jobs and got involved in campus events. I had some disastrous relationships, but also gained some life long friends. Overall, AASU was the perfect school for me.

However, it’s no longer AASU.  The president, from what I understand, got a burr up her butt and decided that AASU was no longer a good name for the college.  I kid you not.  They end up scrapping the Atlantic name* from the school title.  Why? From the school’s own press release:

However, to prospective students and others less familiar with the university, the word “Atlantic” in our name is confusing. Many people mistakenly think Armstrong’s name is Armstrong Atlanta State University. This confusion limits our ability to clearly brand Armstrong as a successful part of the University System of Georgia, with thriving campuses in Savannah and Hinesville.

If people are too stupid to figure out Atlanta and Atlantic are not the same thing, then you really don’t need them to attend the school.  We have other colleges for people seeking a higher education, but they cannot comprehend such differences. And prior to the official name change, the president basically did away with Atlantic in everything else. She wanted to stress Armstrong.

But now?  The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents just gave Armstrong the ultimate insult. Georgia Southern, Armstrong merger vote could come next week. Basically, they want to merge Armstrong into Georgia Southern.  Armstrong would cease to be in name and legacy.  The buildings, students, and faculty will belong to Georgia Southern.

I knew there was a chance Armstrong would be forced to merge with another school, but I always thought it would be Savannah State.  Savannah, SSU, is a historically black college, but Armstrong and SSU have a common history and intertwine classes with one another. Based on the stories I was told, back when they were doing integration in the state colleges, Armstrong’s business school was moved over to SSU and SSU’s education school was moved over to Armstrong. I figured with this all history, and the facts the schools are only 10 miles apart, this would be the merger.

Well, to go on record, I think a merger before Georgia Southern and Armstrong is stupid. Armstrong’s environment is not the same as Southern. Southern is a known party school. I heard a few stories about Southern from a guy that attended Armstrong  the same time as me.

A contemporary of mine from those college days has started a Change.org petition about it.  As I write this post, 487 persons have signed it. I don’t know how much this petition has been pushed about. However, the comments are very telling of how the atmosphere of Armstrong means to others.

And yet, according to one poster on Reddit, the merger is a done deal.  All they need is the official approval. If true, the Board of Regents are going to screw this up and screw over the Armstrong family.  Just research the fiasco known as Georgia Regents University.

Disgusting. Just overall disgusting. Shame on all the actors involved in killing my school.

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*As an aside here, I thought adding Atlantic to the school’s name was lame when Armstrong went from college to university. I thought it should have been Armstrong State University from the get go. However, as I was attending the school, I came to realize AASU was unique. You say ASU to someone, you could be meaning Arizona State or Augusta State (RIP) or Alcorn State, to name a few other ASUs. However, with AASU, you meant Armstrong. It was then that I loved Atlantic in the name.  It was okay to call it Armstrong as well. Armstrong was always a part of the history.


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“I hate the world today”
Posted on July 18th, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

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I will keep my last post private, but this is my overall view of the world at the moment.


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Let’s Stop with the Bathroom Crap
Posted on May 13th, 2016 @ 8:41 am

Here’s my take on the bathroom issue.

If a Caitlyn Jenner wants to use the women’s room, that fine with me.   I already used the bathroom with male-to-female transsexuals.  I also used the bathroom with straight and lesbian women.  We have a code in the bathroom.  It’s not about hitting on one another.  We help one another.  If there is a fight in the bathroom, we protect our own. We are all sisters in there.

If a Chaz Bono wants to use the men’s room, power to him.  I don’t know what male bathroom protocol is, so I can’t comment on it.

If you’re someone that wants to kill a Brandon Teena or a Gwen Araujo, then YOU are the one with the problem.  I don’t give a hoot how a trans lives his or her life until it infringes on how I live.  Using the bathroom is something I don’t consider to be an infringement.

However, what I do care about is allowing a male that sexually preys on the women into they bathroom.  Do you REALLY want to allow sexual predator, a Ted Bundy so to say, open access to your sisters, mothers, wives, or daughters?  Just because it may not have happened, yet, doesn’t mean it won’t happen with open bathroom policy. This WILL be a unintended consequence of this open bathroom policy.  I’m sure men wouldn’t want an Aileen Wuornos picking up her victims in the bathroom, either.

“Well, what a about a male-to-male predator in the men’s room?”  I really wish we could stop the Dennis Hasterts and Jerry Sanduskys of the world from preying upon young boys in bathroom. There are also female-on-female killers, like the poor case of little Sandra Cantu.  For this problem, there is no one solution to fix it.

That’s where I love the idea of the family bathroom.  My mother would have used them when we were kids.  She never liked my brother going into the men’s room alone.  She always took him into the women’s room.  I know at times my brother hated it. He hated me taking him to the bathroom. I remember my father taking me into the men’s room when I was about 5.  It was just the two of us on a errand run and he needed to use it.  He placed me into a corner.  I’m sure he wasn’t thrilled about that.  A family room would have made life easier for all of us.

So, I see the origins of this issue, the Charlotte, NC bathroom law. was to protect the Caitlyns, Gwens, Brandons, and Chazs of the world, it also opened the bathrooms up to the Teds and Aileens, too.

Let’s go back to men’s rooms and women’s room.  However, when it comes to transgenders, don’t ask, don’t tell while in the room. MTF come into mine, I’m cool. Your privates are your privates.  My privates are my privates. Let’s have that third bathroom known as the open bathroom.  That family stall or unisex and/or handicapped stall like I’ve grown up having.

However, all this fighting about it and the state vs. feds mentally has to stop.  We’re tearing ourselves apart.  And yes, there are more important issues we should be fighting over and discussing over. Where Caitlyn Jenner pees is not one of them.

Apologies to Caitlyn Jenner on this post.  At the time I write this, you are the most famous trans in our county.


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How did my dad get on a Ted Cruz mailing list?
Posted on April 30th, 2016 @ 8:48 am

No, really.

In my spam folder, I keep getting e-mail addressed to my father for supporting Ted Cruz.  The thing is, it’s MY e-mail address.

It’s one thing if I got the mail.  But my dad?

He doesn’t get mail for any other candidate BUT Ted Cruz.


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To All Trump Haters
Posted on March 12th, 2016 @ 11:52 am

I have one little word of advice for you all. Exercise your right to vote! Take advantage of the primaries. If he is the nominee in November, vote for the one of the other persons on the ballot. This is the BEST way to protest him.

Ignore the news. Don’t pay any attention to him. He’s the type of guy that feeds off any energy directed towards him.

Just remember while you think he’s vile and you express your opinions about him, he and his supporters also have a right to express and listen to his opinions. The First Amendment goes both ways.

For those that were peaceful last night with their protests and did not want that rally cancelled, thank you. You had your voice heard, yet respected your opponent’s right to be heard.

For those that were violent and/or wanted the rally cancelled, shame on you. Would you want someone calling for your rally to be cancelled? Would you want someone to hurt you because of what you believed in? If the answer to either question is no, then why is it okay to do the same?

I’m not saying I’m a Trump supporter. I just recognize that some times, even the people you don’t like have the same rights as you.

And if you must ask, I did NOT vote for Trump in the Georgia primary. I just believe he has the right to speak out.


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Living West of the Savannah River
Posted on February 17th, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

For a majority of my life, I have lived within miles of the Savannah, west of it. Primary time, like it is now, is always fun.

So far, watching the 7 PM news:

Trump attacking Cruz.

Let’s not forget Cruz attacking Trump:

Because parts of SC is within the viewing areas of Augusta and Savannah, this is why I see a lot of these ads.


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Pinterest Attempts.
Posted on January 9th, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

Attempting to cook again.I’m not a regular Pinterest user, but I do have an account. Sometimes, things work out.  Sometimes, they don’t.  I mainly pin recipes and crafts. Today, I am attempting the Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. At the moment, it’s in the slow cooker and has been in it for about an hour.  The only thing I seemed to have messed up so far was using a teaspoon of pepper instead of only a ¼ of a teaspoon the recipe called for.  I hope this pans out.  It looked good to me.

Nothing has changed too much in the past week or so. 😆  That’s a good thing.  I don’t really have much more to say. Maybe if I win the Powerball I’ll say more.  However, I wouldn’t post until AFTER I talk to a financial adviser.

So, to end this post about Pinterest attempts, here’s the best part about Pinterest: the fails!

Oh, I remember something else!  The other day, I got a poll call as a feeler on should current Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, should run for governor of the state.  I answered it, but quite bummed it wasn’t a poll for the Republican Presidential candidates.  I would have had fun with that one!

Edit 6:49 PM: Casserole was good.  My sister absolutely loved it.


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