Peace Walk Takes on Heavy Meaning for Some International Students

by Emily Mosier When freshman Dastan Askaraliev, an accounting major from Batken, Kyrgyzstan, began classes at Troy University less than two months ago, he had no idea that bombs would be dropped on his hometown while he was over 7,000 miles away. On Sept. 14, bombs went off 500 meters from Askaraliev’s childhood home, and while his immediate family – parents, grandparents, and sister – are safe, others in Askaraliev’s community have not been so lucky. “It has been very painful; I just found out that my neighbor is dead,”…

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Walk Offers Chance to Reflect on War and Peace for Russian and Ukraine

by Georgia Clark The International Student Cultural Organization celebrated the International Day of Peace with a peace walk, using the day to shine a light on the international student body and the idea of peace during a time of unrest in the world. At the walk, students carried the flags of the more than 50 nations represented at Troy down University Avenue, then gathered around the Peace Dove to hear speakers from around the world. They spoke on what peace means to them and the struggles some have faced in their…

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Four Scores and 10 Years Ago…

by Nora Hollinghead The Troy University Symphony Band put on a concert in Claudia Crosby Tuesday night.  The Symphony Band consists of the top 55-63 wind and percussion students in the John M. Long School of Music. The ensemble regularly participates in commissioning consortia and has an active commissioning schedule.              The first Symphony Band concert this year consisted of music from John Williams, an American composer and conductor, who is famous for Harry Potter, Home Alone (1990), and others. John William’s professional career started in the armed forces and eventually…

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A Magical Evening with BCM

by Jennifer Keil Glitter, fairy lights and ivy vines: The Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) held their semi-formal with a fairy tale theme. The Baptist campus ministries seeks to reach students on campus to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to give students plugged into churches and to glorify God. To give BCM members and their friends an evening to get together and have fun, the BCM transformed Hal Hall into a magical place.  “I think it looks beautiful.” said Natalie Barrows an exercise science and nutrition alumni. “I wasn’t sure…

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