Adam McCain

Former UM student makes directing debut

Up and coming director Luis Abe Jimenez poses on a Birmingham rooftop. Photo by Jaysen Michael On Oct. 20, former UM student and local independent film director Luis Abe Jimenez made his debut with his feature horror film entitled “Soon Enough.” The film consisted of a cast of various UM students.    Prior to this debut, Jimenez studied the art of filmmaking for most of his life. He was inspired during childhood to pursue a career in film.   “When I was about nine, it was on a Saturday morning when I was watching ‘The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King.’ And...

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UM professor wins state chess championship

Varagona has been at UM for approximately six years, but is a lifelong chess player. Photo by Adam McCain The Alabama State Chess Championship came to a close this year with the University of Montevallo’s own Dr. Scott Varagona rising to the top as first place, with Tyler Freeman following behind in second.   The series of games lasted from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, and ended with Varagona defeating four of his six competitors. After the conclusion of the championship, Varagona won with a player rating higher than many of his fellow competitors.  As a winner of eight state...

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Spoken word poetry fills Farmer Hall at UPC event

Falley uses spoken word as a form of activism. Photo by Jamie Browder Megan Falley is a native New Yorker, award winning feminist poet and author who began performing her poetry at coffee shops, bars and colleges almost 12 years ago after seeing a spoken word performance while in college herself.  Since then, she’s performed all across the country, and on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Falley took the stage in Farmer Hall.  Even though Falley was generally unknown across UM’s campus, students in attendance were more than satisfied with the unapologetic brashness of the artist. Some were even moved by...

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