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Enrollment growth warrants updates to Troy campus

Tori Bedsole Editor-in-Chief According to administrators, upgrades and additions will need to be made to the Troy campus in areas such as dining, housing, parking, staffing and academics to accommodate an increase in enrollment. Chancellor Jack Hawkins and the Troy University Board of Trustees drafted and passed a proposal with the goal “to have the capacity to serve 10,000 students by fall 2020.” As of fall 2016, the Troy campus enrolled 7,864 students. “Consistent growth puts us in a position to be a strong institution,” said Herbert Reeves, dean of […]

by · April 27, 2017 · News

TroyFest to kick off

Asem Abdelfattah Staff Writer The 2017 TroyFest Art & Craft Festival will be hosted on the downtown square this weekend and will showcase various arts including music, pottery, photography, woodwork, jewelry and more. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A kickoff concert featuring POPulus, Troy University’s pop music group, will take place on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. on the square. Morgan Drinkard, a journalism lecturer and publicity […]

by · April 27, 2017 · News
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Parking costs going up

Sydney Taylor Contributor Troy University student parking decals will increase in price by $25 in the fall of 2017. The decals will now cost $100 for students without the Troy University car tag and $25 for those who own the tag. According to Ashli Morris, a junior political science major from Athens and Troy University Student Government Association president, the prices are increasing to pay for a new parking lot that will be constructed in the fall. Herbert Reeves, dean of student services, said the decision to increase decal prices […]

by · April 27, 2017 · News
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Ceremony recognizes honorees

Lilly Casolaro News Editor The Honors Convocation, a ceremony that acknowledges academic and scholarly achievements, recognized  Troy University students, faculty and staff, both individually and collectively, for their collegiate successes. The event was held in Claudia Crosby Theatre on Monday, April 17, for honorees and their families to celebrate their accomplishments. According to an email sent by Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and Honors Convocation permanent secretary, “Graduation and Honors Convocation are the two most important academic events of the year.” Chancellor Jack Hawkins provided opening remarks and shared […]

by · April 20, 2017 · News
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Earth Week: doing your part

Kat Rogers Staff Writer Lilly Casolaro News Editor In honor or Earth Week, Troy University’s Environmental Club is hosting several events to promote education and awareness of environmental issues, according to Kristin Goebel, a senior biomedical sciences major from Ocala, Florida, and president of the Environmental Club. “We are hoping to educate the community on important environmental issues such as forest/public land management, recycling and wildlife rehabilitation,” Goebel said. “Overall, we want more people to be aware of the importance of Earth Day and why protecting the environment is so […]

by · April 20, 2017 · News
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Seminary professor discusses worldviews

Abby Taylor Staff Writer Richard Howe, a professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary and an apologist, discussed building a worldview at the Ratio Christi meeting on Monday, April 17, at 5 p.m. According to, the group aims to “equip university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ.” Howe used an example of rose-colored glasses to show that when you look at the world in only one way, other perspectives become clouded. “Just as you put on rose-colored glasses and then everything has a […]

by · April 20, 2017 · News
NPR reporter props up hands-on news

NPR reporter props up hands-on news

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor National Public Radio’s listenership is growing steadily in spite of a stagnation or decline in the audiences for other news media, according to NPR correspondent Debbie Elliott. “So, we’re kind of this bright spot,” Elliott said in a speech in Trojan Center on Wednesday, April 19. Elliott said her theory is NPR’s loyalty to its original mission statement which is “to work in partnership with member stations to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, […]

by · April 20, 2017 · News
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Radio host to visit Wednesday

Abby Taylor Staff Writer   Debbie Elliott, NPR (National Public Radio) correspondent for the Southeast region of the United States, and University of Alabama graduate, will be speaking primarily to journalism students on Wednesday. Elliot will visit campus on Wednesday, April 19, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms beginning at 10 a.m. to share of her radio journalism experience and host a workshop for journalism students. Fred Fletcher-Fierro, host and producer of the Troy Public Radio, said he hopes students are inspired by Elliot and learn how to excel in their […]

by · April 17, 2017 · News
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Teenagers assault Delta Chi

Nathaniel Rodriguez Contributer The Troy University Police Department is conducting an investigation to identify the high school students involved in assaults that occurred at the Delta Chi house on April 2. The suspects are believed to a part of a crowd who came to the house between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m., according to Detective James Taylor. “The number that we got from some of the victims, they believe, (is) approximately 50 high school students,” Taylor said. Reed Kelly, a junior risk management major from Chelsea and […]

by · April 13, 2017 · News
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SGA alters election rules for next year

Asem Abdelfattah Staff Writer Many amendments to the Student Government Association’s Code of Laws, one of the two governing documents of the Senate, were passed including amendments that would affect Homecoming court, elections and Freshman Forum. Laken Berry, a junior social work major from Athens and vice president of Legislative Affairs-Elect, said that the aim of the amendments is to make the Code of Laws up-to-date with all the changes and easier to interpret and follow. “When we were working on the amendments, we wanted a fresh start for next […]

by · April 12, 2017 · News