Waid Jones

Back-to-school tech dos and don’ts

The beginning of every school year is filled with new school shopping. Finding that one device or piece of tech that will help you finally reach your academic goal, or more easily maintain it, can be hard; but, don’t worry. I’m here to make it easy for you. This year’s tech releases have been filled with ups and downs, but the following gadgets and apps are either worth the investment or best left alone.  Apple released its most recent version of the iPad March 2018, lowering the price and adding support for the Apple Pencil, something which on the surface doesn’t seem like anything special; but, in the hands of a student it is a game changer. The Apple Pencil was originally introduced with the 12.9” iPad Pro in November 2017, and still retails for $99; however, given the chance the Apple Pencil will revolutionize the way you take notes in class.  The iPad has the ability to replace your textbooks and notebooks all in one small, easy-to-carry device. This can allow you to secure amazing deals on textbooks via Amazon’s Kindle app, as well as cut the expense of notebooks completely out of your yearly budget. A keyboard can also be purchased for the device allowing it to replace a laptop if needed, as versions of Microsoft Office are available.  Another way to potentially improve your performance in...

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This is not a manifesto for when I’m forty-five: Why what you write in college has weight

It’s a strange, yet arguably shared experience, to look at a picture of a dog you retweeted and wonder if a potential employer will view it in a poor light. This concept has recently invaded my thinking and reinforced my awareness of the lack of reality on social media platforms. These spaces are less a reflection of my everyday life and more a curation of the image I want to present the world.  The harsh truth is that what you make public will affect your future. James Gunn, director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films, has recently learned that what he posts on social media has consequences. Gunn was fired after tweets he made nearly a decade ago regarding topics such as pedophilia and rape surfaced. The award-winning director defended his tweets saying, “they don’t reflect the person I am today.”  It’s important to look at the fact that his tweets are damaging to his career today, but were published nearly a decade ago. So, 140 misguided, inappropriate and unfortunate characters intended as a less-than-okay “joke” have ruined Gunn’s career. Yet, the intervening time is expected to make no difference on who Gunn is.   I know I wouldn’t want to be held accountable for many of the things I said 10 years ago. I was 13, and since then I’ve grown up and learned a lot; but, because...

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City of Montevallo establishes trial program for public transportation

A Montevallo Area Express bus stops outside Napier Hall. Photo by Waid Jones As students move back onto the University of Montevallo’s campus, they may notice signs proclaiming, “It’s time to ride.” These are signs denoting the pickup locations for the City of Montevallo’s new pilot program for a bus system called Montevallo Area Express, or MAX for short. This experimental program took its maiden voyage on Monday, Aug. 13, just a week before students began returning to the University.   The bus system is a partnership with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority to provide public transportation for Montevallo. The...

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Dr. Patton arrested for DUI

Dr. Michael F. Patton was arrested by the Montevallo Police for driving his golf cart under the influence of alcohol, at the corner of Oak Street and North Boundary Street on the night of April 11. Patton was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office where he was processed and released that same night. Patton, 56, is a professor of philosophy in the University of Montevallo’s English and Foreign Language Department, and is the program coordinator for the Philosophy and Religion Minor at UM. Patton is well known around campus for hosting the Life Raft Debate, as well as having been the co-owner of popular coffee and used book store Eclipse with his wife Cheryl. This is Patton’s first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the second instance of a UM staff member being arrested for a DUI in the last six months. Earlier this year former University of Montevallo police chief, Chad Adams, resigned after being asked for comment regarding the charge by Shelby County Reporter. The Alabamian staff reached out to Patton for comment, but he has yet to...

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Zuckerberg testifies before a joint session of Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill. Photo by Oliver Douliery In a joint session of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, senators questioned Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, about his company’s information sharing practices and the data firm Cambridge Analytica. Senate leaders attempted to understand the social media giant’s place in an ever growing and complicated market, and determine if legislative measures are needed to protect social media users’ privacy and data. Legislators also began to examine what those measures might look like. Lawmakers attempted to wade through the complex...

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