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Student Spotlight: Wilder Prints

Zach Henson Staff Writer A Troy student has opened her own Etsy shop called The Wilder Prints to sell hand-made watercolor portraits. Sarah Talbot, a senior graphic design major from Montgomery, opened the shop last week and is already busy with orders. She sells prints of her original watercolor paintings of the Catholic saints. “The whole concept of it is The Wilder,” said Talbot. “These (saints) were the rebels of their day. They lived wild and free, contrary to society, all for the glory of the Kingdom.” “I find so […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Features
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Edwards shares story through spoken word

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer On Monday, Feb. 6, Colin Edwards’ spoken word poetry piece “Victory” was released on YouTube. Edwards, a senior communication arts major from Gadsden, had written the poem encompassing the events that followed his father’s diagnosis with stage IV colon cancer and subsequent death. Created with powerful diction and accompanied by a compelling performance, the video was filmed by one of his best friends, Andrew Livingston, a sophomore communication arts major from Miami. “I wrote it with intentions of orating it, with certain structures and rhymes,” said […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Features
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NPHC presents black history step show

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer On Saturday, Feb. 18, the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) will be presenting a Black History Step Show, where nine international Greek-letter sororities and fraternities will compete for titles and prizes. “This step show, the Black History Step Show, is basically for all the Greeks on campus to commemorate Black History Month and just celebrate anything in Black History that you want to,” said LaBrecia Jackson, a junior multimedia journalism major from Montgomery and Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) treasurer. Stepping is a group choreographic performance that features […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Features
Violence victim to speak today

Violence victim to speak today

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer The Troy University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting an event on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. titled “Shattered But Not Broken” featuring Bridgett Blakely, Troy alumna and CEO of Mee Two Corp., as its keynote speaker. Blakely will share her experience as a domestic violence victim, hoping to inspire students to never stop following their dreams. The event is named after Blakely’s book, “Shattered But Not Broken,” that speaks of her struggles through the years of […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Features
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Kickball tournament to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Troy University chapter of Circle K International is organizing a kickball tournament to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. According to the National MS Society’s website, MS is described as an “unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” Their vision is a world free of MS. Matthew Powers, a sophomore hospitality, sport, and tourism management major from Wicksburg and president of the Circle K, has organized events like this for several […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Features
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Language arts expo to highlight student talent

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer The department of modern languages, in partnership with the Troy University Library and the Troy Study Abroad Program, is organizing its Modern Language Expo, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballroom A. For the past seven years, there has been a Spanish component in the annual speech competition conducted by the Hall school of Journalism and Communication. “Last year, other language instructors asked me if they could also include their languages,” said Johanna Alberich, assistant professor of […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Features
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Trojan Eye: a Tropolitan rivalry

Taylor Boydstun Variety Editor In 1975, a handful of Troy State University students began The Trojan Eye, a newspaper rivaling the Tropolitan. Not associated with the university, students had the freedom to publish more controversial content. A local attorney and president of the Troy Arts Council, Joel Lee Williams, was one of these innovative students. While he was not in on the initial founding of the paper, he quickly became involved as a reporter. As well as writing a weekly column titled “On The Other Hand,” Williams also reported on […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Features
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Barnett earns national award

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Ben Barnett, a junior biomedical sciences major from Warrior, Alabama, has been awarded the Archon of the Year award by Pi Kappa Phi. This is a national award for Archons, or individuals who serve as presidents of Pi Kappa Phi chapters, that recognizes individuals who excel in leading their chapter. According to Pi Kappa Phi’s website, the fraternity “was founded on the premise of creating leadership opportunities for our members…Leadership is the very root of our organization, and it is the concept of leadership that shall […]

by · February 2, 2017 · Features
Student Spotlight: Haley Jackson Designs

Student Spotlight: Haley Jackson Designs

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer The millennial entrepreneurs have swept the world, according to the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur report created in association with Scorpio Partnership. While the report says that millennials typically start their companies at age 27, Haley Hostetter, a sophomore communication major from Fort Davis, has started her one-woman art-retail company as early as her freshman year of college. “It didn’t happen overnight,” Hostetter said. “It’s not like I just picked up a pencil and started the other day. I’ve had a lot of practice.” Haley Jackson […]

by · January 26, 2017 · Features
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Ramirez nominated for Good Works Team

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Caitlyn Ramirez, a senior criminal justice graduate student from Shawnee, Oklahoma, has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team. This award honors women athletes at the collegiate level for their accomplishments in leadership on and off the court. The WBCA Good Works Team nomination criteria include being in good academic standing while remaining actively involved in charity groups and community service organizations. “Candidates should show superior dedication in these extracurricular areas,” according to the WBCA website. For its fifth […]

by · January 26, 2017 · Features