Waid Jones

Men’s Soccer Preview

Liam Moore, handling the ball in last fall’s game against St Leo. Photo by Katie Compton. The University of Montevallo’s Men’s Soccer team is ranked sixth in the Gulf South Conference’s Preseason Polls. Men’s Soccer Head Coach Bruce Dietterle thinks that while this is fair, it’s still low for where the team is at now.  “The problem for [the other coaches] is that they don’t know the dynamic we created in the spring and they don’t know the players we’re bringing in. We won’t finish ninth,” said Dietterle adding, “This group that we’ve put together is special.”  With nine seniors on the team, the Falcons have an older returning core of players and Dietterle feels...

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Hultquist returns to position as chair of BSS

Dr. Clark Hultquist, chair of BSS. Photo courtesy of Marketing and Communications. A lot has changed since 2012, the last time that Professor Clark Hultquist was chair of the UM Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Even the day that I spoke to him he had administrative training scheduled for later on a policy the University of Montevallo had implemented in the 7 years he missed.  His office, however, retains much of the charm of a college professor’s office, shelves overfilled with books and sagging. A computer shoved into the corner where he sat answering emails, an aspect of being a professor many often...

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Streaming gets more crowded as Apple drops $1 billion on original content

Apple’s behind, and they know it. In the world of Apple this is nothing new. They have often put usability and aesthetics above being on the cutting edge. They always tempered this with leap frogging their competitors, but there’s little evidence that their announcement of a new streaming service on March 25 is going to be able to leapfrog Netflix.  Apple’s products have traditionally been revolutionary ideas that were then incrementally updated, but their streaming service doesn’t seem all that revolutionary when compared to their previous feats.  The iMac changed personal computers from being boring, beige towers into beautiful pieces of furniture that could...

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Esports tryouts draw sizable crowd

UM freshman Kevin Menendez gets his head in the game at esports tryouts. Photo by Waid Jones Esports hopefuls gathered in Strong Hall’s room 126 to compete for 15 available spots on Montevallo’s burgeoning esports team during the program’s first tryout.  The event, held on March 9, had 24 high school, community college and UM students who compete for 10 positions on the League of Legends team, and five spots on the team’s Fortnite squad, a recent addition to the team’s focus for fall 2019.  The tryouts lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featured three rounds of League of...

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Sustainable sneaker review: Allbirds Tree Runners

According to Jones, the laces on the Allbirds Tree Runners are the perfect length. Photo by Jamie Haas A few weeks ago, I began the search for a new pair of shoes, as I had recently worn holes into the bottom of my previous favorite pair; and, due to the recent rainy spell, my feet were becoming wet more often than not.   Additionally, I’m on a personal crusade against uncomfortable shoes, which makes sense because I tend to be pretty hard on my footwear, averaging about nine miles of walking a day. This often leads to some pretty odd footwear purchases as I try to meet both demands with one pair of shoes.  This quest led me through the usual retailers both...

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