The internet killed the video star: one student’s thoughts on modern music

Matt Firpo Contributor “The times they are a changin’” – though he may not have known it then, Bob Dylan predicted the future of music with these lyrics.  The internet has greatly changed music as a culture and redefined artists again and again in the past 20 years.  A pop star is now just a tweet away from success as online audiences become more prominent. The internet has spawned many stars before, like Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, but today, stars have created massive fanbases in short periods of…

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Spanish films give inside perspective on foreign culture

Erin Jones Staff Writer The Spanish Film Club is hosting a free Spanish Film Festival in the first half of October to help students gain a perspective inside the Spanish media culture. According to RaeAnn Dobler, a Spanish minor from Fort Wayne, Indiana, these films are “a direct reflection of the culture”  which give students “an inside perspective.” Last week’s film, “Delicate Balance” in English or “Fragil Equilibrio” in Spanish, showed the different social cultures of Madrid, Tokyo and sub-Saharan communities and their respective struggles. Dobler stressed the importance of…

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Travels give TESOL students exposure to different cultures

Bishal Niroula Staff Writer Troy, living up to its title of Alabama’s International university, not only offers non-native English speaking students classes in learning English as a Second Language (ESL), but also offers a minor to native English-speakers in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through the College of Communication and Fine Arts.  Theresa Johnson, senior lecturer of English and a faculty adviser for TESOL, recommends TESOL as a practical minor.  “If you want to find something to fill that extra little minor spot, use TESOL,” Johnson said.…

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Bridging the gap: how to connect cross-culturally

Grace Kish Contributor Despite a slight decline in the number of incoming international students this year, Troy University is one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the South. According to Joe McCall, a lecturer of history who has been involved with the international program for decades, one out of every eight people you meet on campus is from another country. McCall said there are roughly 65 countries that are actively represented at Troy. Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. has observed that 70 to 80 languages can be heard just from…

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Club brings Japanese culture to students

Goodness Ohia Obioha Contributor The Japan Club explores, discusses and experiences various aspects of Japan and its culture. At meetings, members present information about Japan that they are interested in. They also help students from Nagasaki, Japan, coming to Troy University. The club goes to conventions and takes occasional trips, such as their upcoming trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. “If you have an interest in anything Japanese-related, whether it’d be like history or even games or anime, I think Japan Club is, like, a really good place to go,”…

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