Better Relations Day
As the University of Georgia prepares to take on Auburn University on the football field on Saturday – a contest that is known for being the South’s oldest rivalry – I want to extend kudos to the student leaders at both institutions for continuing the long standing tradition of “Better Relations Day. Today we welcome the arrival of several student leaders from Auburn to our campus community for a day’s worth of discussions and exchanges regarding programs, traditions, and ideas unique to each institution as well as those shared by.
Better Relations Day was born from a time when collegiality and sportsmanship between these two long-standing opponents was not as positive as we would like. After a series of unfortunate post-game incidents, the students at both schools came together and formed an alliance and vowed to rebuild and strengthen the relationship between two schools. For many years since, representatives from the visiting school would travel to the campus a few days prior to the annual football contest and sign memoranda of understanding and agreement to foster a collegial environment and a culture of mutual respect both on and off the field.
I am proud of our students for maintaining such a rich tradition and for hosting our visitors this week. It is a wonderful example of the high expectations we have of the students at The University of Georgia.