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John M. Long School of Music introduces new course

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer The Troy University World Music Program, a program within the John M. Long School of Music, has introduced a new course this semester: the Celtic Ensemble. The Troy University World Music Program, a program within the John M. Long School of Music, has introduced a new course this semester: the Celtic Ensemble. Titled MUS 1140 TZAA, this course is open to all students and faculty members alike and is directed by Jaime Hammack on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Smith Hall Room 201. There are currently about […]

by · January 26, 2017 · Features
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International students create cricket club on campus

Nijhoom Roy Staff Writer A new club has been formally accepted and recognized by the Troy University SGA, thanks to the efforts of several international students. About two years ago, several students from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh came together to form an informal cricket club. Despite low popularity and insufficient support, the students have successfully managed to execute 55 cricket matches, with three of the matches being against external universities. Shivacharanreddy Mandhala, a graduate computer science student from Hyderabad, India, describes cricket as a sport similar to American baseball. “The […]

by · January 19, 2017 · Features
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‘Heart Behind the Music’

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer On Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., three musicians gathered a small audience of country music fans at an event called “Heart Behind the Music” in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The event was organized and put on by the Troy Arts Council (TAC). “It was a very interesting night full of wonderful music and songwriters sharing memories of how they wrote their songs,” said Taylor Manning, a junior music industry major from Troy. “It was incredible.” Marty Raybon, Lenny LeBlanc and John Ford Coley, all country […]

by · January 19, 2017 · Features
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Student Spotlight: B + Me

  Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Blakelee Clack, a sophomore risk management and insurance major from Dothan, has entered the entrepreneurial realm while balancing her studies and social life. Beginning in May of this year, with the support of her boyfriend Sam Moody, a junior risk management and insurance major from Montgomery, Clack created a handmade jewelry collection business called B + Me. “My boyfriend and best friend, Sam Moody, was the one who encouraged and pushed me to pursue starting and developing my own jewelry business,” Clack said. “He has […]

by · December 1, 2016 · Features
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‘Warriors Unearthed’ exhibit designer shares inspiration

Tu To Staff Writer Lilly Casalaro News Editor The newly debuted Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and the International Arts Center are now home to the “Warriors Unearthed” exhibit, designed by artist Frank Marquette. The exhibit begins on the lower level of the International Arts Center and extends outside into the park. According to a university press release, “ ‘Warriors Unearthed’ (is) a collection of and an interpretive center for some 200 replica terracotta warriors, believed to be the largest such collection of statuaries outside of China.” The terracotta warriors […]

by · December 1, 2016 · Features
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Human services honor society recruitment underway

Sinclair Portis Staff Writer Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services, an honor society for top students in the human services field as well as other helping profession fields, is coming to Troy University. Sheryl Matney, the faculty adviser of the organization and assistant professor of human services, founded Troy’s chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha this past May. However, the organization was recognized as an official organization by the SGA this past October. In 2013, Matney was named to Troy University’s “Faculty Senate Excellence Award Hall of Fame,” which […]

by · November 17, 2016 · Features
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Student Spotlight: Stan’s Stuff

Tu To Staff Writer Zachary Henson Contributor While most students struggle to balance their classes and extracurricular activities, one student has an additional responsibility on her plate: running her own business. Avalon Dudinsky, a junior marketing major and current owner of Stan’s Stuff from Panama City, Florida, shared the story of her product, an all-purpose seasoning, in an exclusive interview with the Tropolitan. Dudinsky met Stan Cooper, the founder of the company, while working at Howell Tackle Supply, where the seasoning was first being sold. “He and his wife, Georgia, […]

by · November 17, 2016 · Features
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Band concert debuts new alumnus composition

Pratiksha Joshi Staff Writer The Troy University Symphony Band, one of the top tier instrumental concert ensembles within the John M. Long School of Music, held its second concert of the semester on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The concert spotlighted the talent of students and faculty alike, with featured performances by Tyler Arcari, a Troy alumnus and composer of “Lightning Hammer,” and Marissa Stanfill, a senior music education major from Panama City, Florida, and clarinet soloist of “Premiere Rhapsody” by Claude Debussy. “It […]

by · November 17, 2016 · Features
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Ending religious censorship: Harry Potter style

Religion has always been and still is a sensitive topic; even in the United States, where the First Amendment grants religious freedom to its citizens. One of the solutions to this tension tends to be the censorship of secular ideas or propaganda altogether. To combat this, the Troy University Secular Student Alliance (TUSSA) has been organizing the free viewings of all the Harry Potter movies, based on the classic Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. Religious censorship, according to Josh Simmons, a sophomore mathematics major from Alba and president of […]

by · November 10, 2016 · Features
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Tech Talk: RoboRanger security device revealed

Tu To Staff Writer Zachary Henson Contributor “RoboRanger,” a new self-defense device, is expected to be released in July of 2017 by the company Robocopp. According to www.kickstarter.com, the “RoboRanger” is the first connected personal alarm that sounds a roaring 130-decibel alarm, while simultaneously mobilizing a professional 911 response. The device is an upgraded version of the company’s “Sound Grenade,” which sets off an alarm when a pin is removed. According to Jill Turner, the public relations director of Robocopp, the company received a great deal of positive feedback as […]

by · November 10, 2016 · Features