Caleb Jones

Peace and Injustice Cannot Coexist

Photo by Elizabeth Flores of Star Tribune via AP “Black people need some peace, white people need some peace, and we’re gonna have to fight, we’re gonna have to struggle, we’re gonna have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they’re a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers and they don’t even understand what peace means.”Fred Hampton I am 21 years old. Not a single year of my life has gone by where I haven’t witnessed the worst of atrocities perpetrated against my people in every aspect and venue of life.  I...

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Montevallo businesses struggle to stay afloat during shelter-in-place order

As Alabama’s shelter-in-place order persists, many small businesses in Montevallo are struggling to make ends meet as social distancing requirements whittle down their profits.  Loss of business from students leaving campus, combined with the shelter-in-place order has resulted in many of the small town’s businesses taking a substantial dip in revenue.  According to the Executive Director of Montevallo Main Street Courtney Bennett, many businesses have lost 50 to 70% of revenue.  For businesses that depend on customers from the University, UM’s closing has hit them hard.   “It’s pretty much killed us,” stated Falcon Art Supply owner Becky Cox-Rodgers. “I’d say the University is 90% of our business.”  It’s not just the loss of students that’s causing the art supplier to lose business. Falcon Art Supply received business from the University as a whole. Several departments including theatre, social sciences, athletics and the Physical Plant hold accounts that are now stagnant in the wake of distance learning.  “What this has done is given us basically a 5-month summer,” Cox-Rodgers said. “It’s pretty much wiped us out.”  Cox-Rodgers, who has lived in Montevallo for the last 41 years and is a UM alumna, is contemplating whether to move to a curbside delivery model but is unsure if it would get enough business to stay open.   “If not, we’ll probably be closed and then reopen sometime prior to the fall semester,” said Cox-Rodgers.  C’s Cake and Coffee...

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Montevallo students cope with uncertainty amidst COVID-19 outbreak

On March 13, the University of Montevallo announced it was temporarily closing its doors in the wake of the continued spread of COVID-19. The announcement was both shocking and unsurprising.  For months it seemed to many that the virus was far from the U.S. Across the ocean and on the other side of the world, it seemed like a distant danger until it ultimately wasn’t. In the blink of an eye the novel coronavirus spread throughout Europe, finding its way to the US. As schools across the country closed state by state, across the South and across the state...

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