Waid Jones

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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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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