Opinion

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Trojans bid farewell to Blackboard, voice hope for Canvas

Katie Miller Staff Writer Starting this summer, Troy University will no longer be associated with Blackboard. Instead, students will be introduced to Canvas, an up-to-date, student-focused, easy-to-use system for all assignments and communication. Glynn Cavin, associate vice chancellor for Troy Online, speaks very highly of Canvas. “We think it’s important to stay abreast with what’s going on in evolving educational technology,” Cavin said. “Blackboard was not meeting our needs currently.” “Canvas is very up-to-date,” Cavin said. “It met all of our functionality requirements, and it’s easy to use and a […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Opinion
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Advising troubles: a double-sided issue

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Some students in the exercise science program highlighted issues that they seem to have about advising. The department is staffed with three faculty members and is responsible for overseeing the curricula for just under 400 students. Taylor Carbone, a sophomore exercise science major from Hawthorne who transferred to Troy from the University of Alabama, is frustrated by the lack of personal interaction at Troy. “Coming from a big school like the University of Alabama and being able to sit one-on-one with an adviser and then coming […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Opinion
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Math department implements specific calculator model rule

Katie Miller Staff Writer Calculators seem like a simple device, but the math department takes sincere care in making sure all students have equal opportunity in their classes. The TI30XII scientific calculator was a requirement as of fall 2016 for lower level math courses, mainly those that are general studies. Students were forced to part from their basic function calculators or high-level graphing calculators and begin getting accustomed to the TI30XII. This is a great change for Kenneth Roblee, a professor in the math department and general studies coordinator. “I […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion
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Doc leaves office; Alabama still sick

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor In the buffoonery that is Alabama politics, the state’s most ridiculous clown has finally resigned from the governor’s throne, assuring voters that he had, in fact, done something illegal. Huzzah! Now that the voters’ monocle is no longer focused on Robert Bentley broadcasting tomfoolery, Alabama lawmakers can return to serious work like posturing with fruitless legislation. But, what’s new? Our state’s politicians have long been the butt of the joke in every statesman’s cigar room, at least since the reign of former Gov. George […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion
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Republicans rewrite rules

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer In confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last week, Republicans took the drastic step of overturning a filibuster, an act that could virtually leave the Democratic Party powerless until the next election. A filibuster in the United States Senate is a legislative device that requires a 60 percent vote to bring any major legislation to the Senate floor for a final vote. This breaks a tradition that has lasted over 200 years where a filibuster has been respected by a majority party. The effects of […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion
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Quality enhancement plan: students suggest new ideas for Troy univeristy experience

Pratibha Guatam Staff Writer As a part of the preparation for the accreditation reaffirmation process, Troy University is preparing to draft a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). According to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the QEP is a document developed by the institution that includes a process of identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment, focusing on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. It demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation and completion of the […]

by · April 7, 2017 · Opinion
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Dose of dog: prescribed animals on campus

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer Since Troy University’s main campus adopted the no-pet policy a few years ago, students saw few to no animals on campus except for service animals. Recently, housing started looking into the legitimacy of some of the campus’s furry tenants under the tag “service animal.” “Almost two weeks ago housing released a new policy, which basically invalidated my whole paperwork on her,” said Carleigh Sherman, a sophomore global business major from Tulsa, Oklahoma, about her assistance dog, Pippa. Pippa is a Chihuahua rat-terrier that has lived with […]

by · April 7, 2017 · Opinion
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TSA device ban unjustified

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) banned passengers flying into the United States from 10 airports in Muslim majority countries from carrying electronic devices larger than a smartphone into the cabin. The TSA did not provide a detailed justification for the ban. A few days after the ban was announced, reports began to emerge that the decision was based on intelligence that said that the Islamic State was close to developing a bomb hidden in portable devices. All agencies involved in this have assured […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Opinion
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Management neglecting Trojan dining services

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Troy University students have concerns about the level of service provided by campus dining outlets. On March 21, Sodexo, the company that operates the dining services, rescheduled a Food Advisory Committee of Troy (FACT) meeting. It provided no explanation and informed students about it the day the meeting was supposed to take place. The meeting will be April 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the civic dining room. This meeting is an avenue for students to express their concerns and dining suggestions to the dining management. Despite […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Opinion
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Struggles for introverts

Pratibha Gautam Staff Writer Some people thrive in large social gatherings, while others prefer smaller, more familiar environments. The latter group consists of people who choose to stay at home with a book, a movie, or any other hobby. The same people also feel extremely out of place at a party. These are introverts. An introvert is someone who depends on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Psychologists refer to introverts as people who tend to rely on self-refection for energy and hence feel drained after social […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Opinion