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Red Cross hoping for fresh start

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer The Troy University American Red Cross Club has rebooted the organization for a fresh start with all new executive officers and with a dedication of seeking new members. The Red Cross Club has existed on campus since 2011. The club works in partnership with the Red Cross Pike County chapter and national organization. According to the American Red Cross website, the Red Cross “alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” The club works to […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Features
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5K to honor fallen veterans

Zach Henson Staff Writer Troy for Troops is hosting a 5K run to honor Lance Cpl. Ryan Winslow on Saturday, April 29. Winslow, a 19-year-old from Hoover, was killed in action three weeks into a seven-month deployment to the Anbar Province in Iraq, according to the Military Times. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while driving a Humvee looking for roadside bombs. Retied Sgt. 1st Class Jenny Reed, a transition coordinator for Troy for Troops, explained that the proceeds of the run will benefit the Support Committee for […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Features
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Student Spotlight: Karissa Matthews

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Karissa Matthews, a senior criminal justice major from Atmore, has created a new line of handmade swimwear called Ris Nicole. Matthews said although she never saw herself as an entrepreneur, she believes the idea for her business was God-sent and knew she had to pursue this venture. “I had a dream one night, and then I woke up the next morning and a weight loss commercial with a girl in a swimsuit was on, so I called my sister and said, ‘I’m going to start a […]

by · April 7, 2017 · Features
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Letter-writing workshop to be held

Zach Henson Staff Writer The Troy University Writing Center is hosting a letter-writing workshop on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants in the Writing Center’s “The Art of the Letter” workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the history of letter writing using examples from several literary figures. In addition, attendees will get to write three letters; one of these letters will be a response to a letter from a student in Nairobi. Patricia Harris, the Writing Center coordinator, said she wondered what would make students […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Features
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Student Spotlight: Lydia Williams

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Lydia Williams, a junior broadcast journalism major from Lillian, is building a corporation with her business of photography and makeup, while juggling being a student. Williams began taking photos at the age of 14 and edited them herself. Some of her peers began noticing her talent and encouraged her work. From there, she was accepted into the Young Entrepreneur Academy at Foley High School. This program allows “students in grades 6-12 to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Features
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Seminar to discuss social justice

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is organizing a daylong seminar entitled “Social Justice and Fairness” to take place on Saturday, April 1, in Patterson Hall Room 300 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. “We at the Johnson Center are the bridge between Troy University and IHS,” said David Hebert, assistant professor of economics and finance. “Several professors at the Johnson Center have worked closely with the IHS before, so when the IHS proposed this event to the Troy University administration, we took the necessary steps […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Features
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Student Spotlight: Aaron Wilhite

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Aaron Wilhite, a junior marketing major from Spanish Fort, has started his own photography and video production business. Wilhite’s passion for film began as a hobby after he received a camcorder as a present for Christmas. He and his next-door neighbor began creating videos of parodies of commercials or other silly videos for fun. “This is when YouTube first came out, like back in 2006,” Wilhite said. “I just loved uploading videos to YouTube, no matter what it was. We were like 12 at the time […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Features
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Pray for Troy gathering tonight

Zach Henson Staff Writer Pray for Troy, an upcoming gathering of students and community members to share in a time of prayer for Troy University, will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 8 p.m. in the Troy Amphitheater. “I just think it would be great if we could just come together and bring our concerns and worries for Troy and pray for our school,” said Katie Breland, a freshman elementary education and dance double major from Nashville, Tennessee, who is organizing the event. Breland said she attended Passion 2017, […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Features
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Students establish apologetics club

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Earlier this week at the SGA’s weekly meeting, the constitution for Ratio Christi, a Christian apologetics club, was approved, making it the newest Christian organization on campus. Ratio Christi is a Latin phrase that translates to “Reason for Christ.” In an academic setting where a majority of the student body identifies as Christians, Ratio Christi is the first organization that advocates “encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christian students through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics,” according to their website. “Scripture commands us not only […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Features

Tech Talk: Snapchat Spectacles

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer On Thursday, Nov. 10, Snapchat debuted its first camera-equipped sunglasses called Spectacles. Snapchat, formerly known as Picaboo, is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive “self-destructing” photos and videos, add text and drawings and send these “snaps” to a controlled list of recipients, created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. With over 158 million daily active users and 301 million monthly active users, Snapchat has grown tremendously since its original formation in 2011. According to data from StatisticsBrain, approximately 71 percent […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Features