Waid Jones

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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UM to launch esports team fall 2019

When Dr. Brendan Beal came to Montevallo, he had no idea that he would later become the University’s first esports head coach. Nevertheless, he’s currently working alongside the University in preparing to hold tryouts for its emerging esports program.  The team will focus on competing with other collegiate esports programs in League of Legends tournaments. The program will begin their inaugural season competing in the Peach Belt Conference during the fall 2019 semester.  “Montevallo’s esports team is the first of its kind in Alabama,” stated Beal, an associate professor of social work at UM who is prepared to slot into the position of head coach.  The position, while temporary, is...

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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...

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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...

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