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Student returns after year abroad

Abhigya Ghimire Staff Writer While most study abroad programs at Troy are a semester long, Bailey Anne Corbin spent her entire junior year in Germany. Corbin, a senior global business major from Panama City, Florida, spent the year at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, taking advantage of one of the longer options offered by Troy’s Read More

Cardinal Creeper’s identity unveiled

Taylor Walding Variety Editor This year’s senior class may recall in the fall of 2015 — their freshman year — a mysterious entity widely known as the Cardinal Creeper. It was a person cloaked in a red blanket and skull makeup who stalked various areas around campus and received a semi-obsessive following on Yik Yak, an Read More

Chi Alpha’s ‘Welcome to America’ party encourages unity, diversity

Steven Porter Contributor Chi Alpha hosted a “Welcome to America” party with food and games to help international students feel welcome in this new country. Chi Alpha encouraged students to get to know each other no matter the differences in culture or background. Troy University proudly flaunts the title “Alabama’s International University.” With 30 campuses around Read More

ISCO discusses reasons to study abroad

Bishal Niroula Contributor Students and faculty shared their experiences from a recent study abroad trip to China at the International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO)’s second meeting of the semester last Thursday for Study Abroad night. The presenters discussed many advantages to studying abroad. “Immersing yourself in other cultures only makes you empathetic, sympathetic, as well as Read More

Review: SPIN bikes may not be worth it

  Taylor Walding Variety Editor You may notice the recent influx of bright orange bikes and scooters scattered about campus, but you’ll want to weigh the cost. SPIN rents out its bicycles for 50 cents per half-hour and motorized scooters for $1 plus 15 cents for each minute.  It also offers a monthly membership fee for Read More

Pike county lake offers retreat from campus

Taylor Walding Variety Editor One way in which students can ease the burden of overwhelming stress is by getting outdoors, according to Kenneth Wright.  Wright, the director of the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at University of Colorado, Boulder, said that spending at least 45 minutes per day outdoors, preferably in the morning, will help to regulate Read More

Students gain marketing experience through brand ambassador roles

  Maya Martin Contributor Campus brand ambassadors are students chosen by companies to represent brands and spread awareness of products on college campuses. The students who participate are placed in an active role that gives them advertising experience and a chance to network. Hollyann Luker, a senior marketing major from Pell City, has been a campus Read More

Students pursue summer research in the sciences

Rakshak Adhikari Staff Writer Madelynn Lytle, a senior math major from Blountstown, Florida, spent the summer working on visual biophysics in the University of Alabama at Birmingham through a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.  She developed a model of light propagation and capture in a photoreceptor cell using a matrix laboratory (MATLAB) with the purpose Read More

Student spotlight: Megan Aaron juggles new photography business with soccer season

Taylor Walding Variety Editor In the offseason, soccer player Megan Aaron launched a photography business. She now travels around the country, capturing photos of couples in love. Before January, Aaron said she hadn’t yet found the balance to make time for her interests outside of soccer and school work. “We have a little more free time Read More

Trojans share their thoughts on wearing rival gear at Troy

Pradyot Sharma Variety Editor Troy’s proximity to traditional football powerhouses, the University of Alabama and Auburn University, has seen the influence of their sports programs on campus. Walking around campus, it is not unusual to see students wearing shirts from these schools. Brooklyn Smith, a senior mathematics major from Columbiana, grew up an Auburn football fan Read More

Troy employs members of deaf community and advances ASL learning

Victoria Cirilli Staff Writer Troy University employs people from the deaf community in the area as part of the ground crew that maintains flower beds and lawns on campus. Charlotte Wittington is one of three employees currently on staff who are deaf; she is the landscape leader for the grounds crew. Wittington had no prior experience Read More

Trump to send Troy University police to US-Mexico Border

Editor’s Note: Columns appearing under “Meanwhile in Sparta…” are works of fiction. Any references to real people, places or events are satirical statements that do not reflect real events. Emma Daniel Staff Writer The White House has announced that it intends to send the Troy University Police Department (TUPD) to the United States-Mexico border to curb Read More