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Montevallo continues to expand academic programs

Picking a major is one of the most important decisions a new student makes when they come to college and often one of the most stressful. While some students know what they want to do when getting to their respective university, not everyone knows what they should study. Of course, some people change their major all the time. Being limited to just one thing can be daunting, so the challenge of choosing the right major can be that much more difficult.  UM offers many great majors and programs, but there are a few new programs that show promise.  While no new majors will be offered during the 2019-2020 academic year, a computer science major will be offered beginning next fall.   The College of Education is currently working on approval for certification and master’s programs as well, according to Amanda Fox, UM’s registrar.  “When a department or program is looking to create a new major or minor, they have to survey a target group of students so they know that there is an interest,” said Fox. “Once the semester starts, and they have a chance to advertise, I think the potential the new programs will grow. Since there are currently 30 computer informatics majors at UM, I think there is a lot of potential for growth for computer science too,” said Fox.  Students who are looking into such fields may...

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It’s all Greek to me: What is it all about?

The University of Montevallo’s Greek organizations pose for a group photo in front of main hall. Photo Courtesy of University Marketing and Communications A new school year has approached and so has the opportunity for college students to become a part of a fraternity or sorority. There are no doubts about why Greek life is appealing. Whether someone is contemplating recruitment, or is just curious about what’s behind the curtain, there are positive and negative attributes in going Greek and there are a few things to know.   Pro: Social networking/community  Becoming a Greek comes with a ready-made social network....

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SGA rallies for higher education in Montgomery

SGA President Tori Irvin does a celebratory dance with UM mascot Freddie the Falcon. Photo by Ariel Hall Thursday, April 4, marked the 2019 iteration of Higher Ed Day, an advocacy event where student representatives from public universities across the state of Alabama discuss the importance of higher education with leaders and legislators on the steps of the capitol building.  “Higher education impacted my life because I never really saw myself to my full potential and I never understood what I could be. Once I got here, I really understood that the reward of getting that education is something no one can ever...

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2019-20 SGA candidates debate in Farmer

SGA VP candidate Madison Hollon addresses the crowd. Photo by Ariel Hall Current Administrative Vice President of SGA Justin Barrick and SGA President Tori Irvin led the annual debate for prospective SGA officer candidates on Monday, March 11.  First up was Olivia Eldridge, a junior chemistry major and the sole contender for SGA president.   Eldridge has been involved with SGA for three years, first getting started with freshman forum and then climbing the ladder, serving as executive secretary her sophomore year and as vice president this past year.  The three points of her platform were involvement, advertising and development. One of her main focuses is to get more of the student body involved on campus.  “Something...

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9 Netflix Originals to write home about

In 2019, more and more people are streaming content online every day. And it makes sense; with the rise of Netflix and other similar services, viewing our favorite shows has never been easier. One click of the mouse, and voila! Binge-worthy material is now at our fingertips.  Among streaming services, Netflix led the charge in its release of original shows and movies alongside their syndicated material, and such content has the tendency to skyrocket toward virality at alarming rates (i.e., “Bird Box”). However, the tiresome task of sifting through a sea of choices can sometimes hinder our ability to locate these diamonds in the rough. To eliminate that burden, read on:  “One Day at a Time” This show is a...

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