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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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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Cashing in Connections

by Caleb Thomas The IDEA Bank and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce held the Business After Hours networking event last Thursday to connect students with the business owners of Troy. “It’s an opportunity for local business professionals, business owners, and those that are involved in the community to meet-and-greet, to socialize and to make connections and networking,” said Preston Pritchett, Program Coordinator at the IDEA Bank and a lecturer in the Sorrell College of Business. Organizers say linking business owners together can bring about financial growth in the whole…

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Neon Pep Rally has Students Pumped

by Emma Ellis  Troy University students had the opportunity to show their excitement for the first home football game during the neon pep rally held by Troy’s Student Government Association (SGA).  The pep rally was held last Thursday in the Trojan Arena, and students were encouraged to dress in bright, neon colors.  “It was really nice to see a lot of the students, Greek and non-Greek, just being excited and cheering on the Trojans, but also recognizing other students in other sports,” said Josh Dawsey, a senior history major from…

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