Former astronaut, alumnus aims to transform STEM

by Kris Harrell Former NASA Astronaut Bernard Harris delved into his beginnings and what pushed him to become who he is today, during a recent keynote address for the Troy University Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Harris, a Kappa Alpha Psi brother, discussed his extensive and versatile background as a pilot, scuba diver, medical doctor, scientist and astronaut at a keynote speaker for the fraternity’s scholarship breakfast. Harris began as a mission specialist at NASA in July 1991, flying on board of the Space Shuttle Columbia from April 26 to May 6, 1993, and logging…

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Fighting Hunger

by Emily Mosier Monica Bishop knows what it’s like to ache from hunger. It can hurt so much it “clouds the mind,” the sophomore English major from Birmingham, Alabama said.  “That’s why it is important to be sympathetic with those struggling with this issue as it is almost uncontrollable and, sometimes, debilitating,” she added. Student Advocates for Basic Needs, a Troy University student organization that runs a food pantry and other programs to help combat food insecurity, spotlighted its efforts at a Jan. 25 cooking seminar at the Trojan Village 200 communal…

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New IAC exhibit shows southern roots

by PJ Heath Troy University’s International Arts Center is welcoming a new exhibit which highlights work of Alabamian artist, Jerry Siegel, a Selma, Alabama native known for intimate portraits of Alabamians, their lives and landscapes. The Center is billing Siegel’s latest exhibit, “The Tender Land; The Promise of Living,” which is inspired by 1954 opera “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland and Erik Johns. That opera was itself inspired by “Let us now Praise Famous Men,” the legendary Depression-era photo collection by Walker Evans. “Photography is something I fell into…

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License plate scanners installed at every campus entrance and exit

by Emily Mosier Troy University police placed license plate readers this month at all 12 campus entrances and exits, instantly alerting campus police when individuals on the state sex offender registry and those with outstanding felony warrants are on campus. The solar-powered Flock Safety Cameras, which police said do not automatically alert them to individuals with other types of criminal records and warrants, send emails and text messages to police while calling dispatch. Police also can feed their own lists of suspects into the technology. George Beaudry Sr., Troy University’s…

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New Sports Bar Coming to Troy

by Emily Mosier Alabama sports bar chain Baumhower’s Victory Grill will be opening a location in July on the Trojan Parkway adjacent to Publix. Construction workers recently broke ground on The Troy University-themed restaurant, which will hire between 80 and 100 employees. Bob Baumhower, the CEO, and a Miami Dolphins nose tackle from 1977 to 1986, described the restaurant as “intense,” with 60 flat-screen TVs, roll-up garage doors and an outdoor patio. “This is the first of its kind” in the chain, Baumhower said. “We’re doing these things called TV…

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