Jamie Haas

“Phantoms” album by Marianas Trench a delightful listen

Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench kicked off the beginning of March with the release of their fifth studio album, “Phantoms,” putting an end to the group’s four-year-long musical drought.   However, I’m of the opinion that it was well worth the wait.   Longtime fans may be pleased to discover that the signature sound Marianas Trench has curated over the years is definitely present in tracks like “Only the Lonely Survive” and “Echoes of You.” Both songs demonstrate the band’s love for a vibrant, climactic chorus; their proclivity for stacking harmonies on harmonies; and, their unabashed roots in early 2000s...

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Alumna profile: Sara Perry

During her time at UM, Perry was an English major with minors in game studies and design and non-profit studies. Photo by Jamie Haas UM alumna Sara Perry ‘18 is a firm believer in the importance of amplifying marginalized voices. Not coincidentally, this ideal permeates many facets of her daily life, from her job as program and grant-writing director at Bridge Builders Alabama, to her off-the-clock hobbies.  In particular, Perry’s most recent passion project, the founding of burgeoning online publication “A Seat at the Table: Diverse Voices in Tabletop Gaming,” or ASATT, captures the philosophy quite well.    “I’ve been...

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Marion Brown: A gift to the game

Brown graduated from UM in 2003 with a degree in communication studies. Photo by Kat Bell It’s not hyperbolic to say that among current players, the name Marion Brown is near-synonymous with the game of College Night. Some might even argue Brown is a staple of the University itself, a statement that becomes less shocking as one delves into how the two are so inextricably intertwined.   Long before Brown graduated from UM in 2003, her godmother attended the University in the 1940s. Earlier still, Brown’s grandmother was a member of the class of 1912. With this family lineage paving her path, it’s only...

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Purple production claims third victim, losing streak continues

The Purple Victory cast waves to their side during “Finale,” while singing of Purple pride. Photo by Kat Bell It was Joseph, on the roof, with the pistol “Whodunit?” was the question on every audience member’s mind as the plot of the Centennial Purple Victory show, “Murder En Plastique,” unfolded.    Putting a purple twist on a classic Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery, the show takes place in Montevallo’s own Flowerhill Manor, where guests have begun arriving for a mysterious dinner hosted by Lord Coulderoy.   The scene is set by a kooky trio of caretakers, the Wormpots, who greet the potential victims as they enter...

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