"How will uncertainty about the program influence enrollment over the next few years? Families make decisions about college looking at the cost over four years. If the scholarship program changes year to year, and if qualification standards are changed and applied retroactively, it becomes harder to make a four-year commitment to a Georgia school."
— Rebecca Burns, Five Points: Tuition Hikes and HOPE on the Rocks
"Welcome to New Sneakers Factory—what fourth-year Bryan Blaylock and his bandmates call the basement of their rented ranch, the one with the keg and the beer pong table out front, nestled in a wooded neighborhood just off South Milledge Avenue, one of Athens’s main arteries. Down here, among the Christmas lights, the amps, and the scattered beer and whiskey bottles, New Sneakers rehearses its contribution to a legendary Athens music scene that has produced national acts from R.E.M. to Drive-By Truckers. That tradition is part of the reason Bryan came here from Texas—along with the fact that he couldn’t get into USC in Los Angeles—and he is proud to be part of the latest generation of Athens musicians."
— Tony Rehagen, Student Life