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Male students model various styles on the quad behind Bibb Graves Hall. They are Mike Haney, a hospitality, sport and tourism management major from Gulf Shores who was a senior in the spring; William Waters, a biology major from Slocomb who was a junior in the spring; and Brandon Peacock, a business major from Montgomery who was a freshman in the spring.

Dress properly for the occasion

Will Reinert “The student pulled up his trousers, pushed back his shoulders, and walked with confidence to his class.” That is how Chancellor Jack Hawkins described the reaction on the first time he explained to a student what it means to “dress properly for the occasion.” That phrase became part of the Troy University standard of student conduct known as The Trojan Way, but not everyone agrees on what it means. Hawkins said about four years ago, he was driving his car across campus when he came across a student […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
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Riley Jacks relives being stuck in the phone booth on the quad in 2013 during a high school visit to campus.

Find your way around campus; explore campus

Emily Paige Blodgett “I’ve been locked in the phone booth,” said Riley Jacks, a human services major from Oxford who was a freshman in the spring. “While I was here for Trumbauer 2013 (a theater festival), I wanted to take a picture in the phone booth, and the door closed,” Jacks said. “I don’t know if the cold maybe locked it up, but I had to basically beat the door down to get out.” Jacks was on campus performing with her high school at the time. The red, English-style phone […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
Kristin Mock, a communication major from Auburn who was a senior in the spring, walks past the Kissing Rock, which lies between Bibb Graves and Patterson halls.

Students share tradition, legends

Jane Morrell Aubrey Toole and her roommates pass around a bowl of popcorn as they watch “The Princess Diaries 2” — a tradition that they share once a month. “My roommates and I pick out a movie, but it’s a different movie every time, and we each take turns picking one out,” said Toole, a biomedical sciences major from Pace, Florida, who was a senior in the spring. “It’s a lot of fun because, well, with the stress of school and other things, it’s nice to spend one night having […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
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Lauren Cox (left), coordinator of career services, assists Adrian Gee, a junior communication studies major from Tuscaloosa, with her résumé. This is one of the many services that Career Services offers.

Students talk life after graduation

Kianna Collins Before anyone knows it, graduation is impending, and the pressure to make a decision is on. There are many things students could do after graduation. Laura Hutto, a biomedical sciences major from Calera who was a senior in the spring, was pursuing jobs. “I spent a lot of time researching jobs that I wanted and any other potential jobs I could pursue,” Hutto said. “When you have a degree that can take you in a lot of directions, it’s good to know where to start.” Hutto said she […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
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Army ROTC Cadet Mitch Ledbetter, a nursing major from Cullman who was a junior in the spring, drinks from a water pack during a break in an exercise.

Programs serve military veterans, future officers

Hannah Hartline Jarrod Mack considered not attending college until he saw an opportunity in Troy University’s ROTC program. Mack, a political science major from Robertsdale, Alabama, who was a senior in the spring, said that joining the Army ROTC was not initially his plan. His dad set him on the path to joining. “I got in because originally I wanted to enlist (in the military) out of high school but decided it was best to go to college,” Mack said. “My dad found out about the Army ROTC scholarship, which […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
Special summer edition of Tropolitan

Special summer edition of Tropolitan

This summer edition of the Tropolitan is a guide for students — especially those entering Troy University and participating in IMPACT summer orientation. Journalism students who worked on this project as writers and editors include Emily Beckstrom, Emily Paige Blodgett, Jessie Cocking, Kianna Collins, Hannah Crews, Davis Gamble, Hunter Hansen, Hannah Hartline, Jacob Holmes, Jayde Jacobs, Kiara McClellan, Caitlin McRae, Jane Morrell, Morgan Phillips, Will Reinert, Chase Robinson, Lewin Schmitt, Tamela Staples, Kimberly Steele, Ngoc Vo, AnneCarol Wilson and Tyler Wooley. The special edition was part of their work during […]

by · May 14, 2015 · Impact
Get to know departmental secretaries

Get to know departmental secretaries

Randall Smith Sitting behind a mahogany desk in the John M. Long School of Music office, “Miss Rhonda” wears a lot of hats figuratively, and sometimes she literally wears a tiara. Students visit departmental secretary Rhonda Taylor for help with multiple tasks, and during class registration the tiara adorns her head. “I register the students for classes; I don’t advise,” she said. “That’s not my job. They come to me for advice for other things. I play mom sometimes. Counselor sometimes. I just try to be here for whatever I’m […]

by · May 6, 2014 · Impact
Getting to know Troy: places to go for help

Getting to know Troy: places to go for help

Christina Myles Ashley Johnson from Eufaula, an elementary education major who was a senior in the spring, had just finished her first day of classes for the fall semester and decided to go to the Trojan Center to get something to eat. Every student who lives on campus is required to have a meal plan each semester that has flex points, which can be spent like dollars in food services around campus, including the Trojan Food Court and Herb’s Place. Johnson waited in line for what, to her, seemed like […]

by · May 6, 2014 · Impact

Student appeals parking ticket using cellphone

Christina Myles Davis Gamble from Beauregard, a multimedia journalism major who was a sophomore in the spring, successfully appealed a university parking ticket with the help of his smartphone. Gamble had parked behind the library one afternoon beside a car that was parked in two spaces. This forced Gamble to also park in two spaces, resulting in his parking ticket. He then made pictures of the cars with his smartphone and took them and his parking ticket to the Traffic Appeals office. This office is inside the Student Government Association […]

by · May 5, 2014 · Impact

Make waves, make friends in organizations

Zach Winslett Samantha Loff, a graduate student from Dothan, is the leader of the Rubicon, which is the student-run literary journal, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society. Loff said she’s “seen the difference that motivation can make.” Sigma Tau Delta has begun an “aggressive” petition asking for a student lounge in the English Department. “We are motivated and inspired and can do anything,” said Loff, whose major is teaching English to speakers of other languages. “That goes back to the power of participating in organizations.” During IMPACT orientation, […]

by · May 5, 2014 · Impact