Jamie Haas

Class of 2018 gets creative with decorative grad caps

In recent years, decorating one’s graduation cap appears to have grown in popularity, with more and more students choosing to add a personalized touch to their regalia. From messages of celebration to pop-culture references to inspirational quotes, the possibilities are endless for a creative college senior. Featured here are some of our favorite designs from UM’s class of 2018. Congratulations...

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Marcus Moore named 2017-18 Student Employee of the Year

Moore received both the plaque pictured above and a $500 check to honor him as Student Employee of the Year. Photo courtesy of University Relations Senior communication studies major Marcus Moore was recently honored with the University of Montevallo Student Employee of the Year Award. This annual recognition is given by the UM Office of Student Employment and UM’s Chapter of the National Alumni Association (UMNAA) to one UM student employee who exhibits outstanding commitment and dedication to their position. Moore currently serves the Admissions Office as lead maven, providing campus tours to prospective and incoming Montevallo falcons. According...

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Review: Kai’s Koffee House

The Bama Brûlée is just one of a variety of lattes, mochas and other drinks one can order at Kai’s Koffee House. Ever since the tragic closing of Eclipse, the city of Montevallo has been sorely lacking a worthwhile go-to coffee spot. Sure, there are places you can go to get a quick fix like McDonald’s, Jack’s or Einstein’s, but none offer that same charm and ambiance that a more one-of-a-kind establishment often does.   Enter Kai’s Koffee House, the answer to our coffee-craving prayers. Well, sort of. The place has its ups and downs, but there are two...

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Alumnus profile: Jeremy Black

Above is an artistic close up of photographer Jeremy Black. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Black. Scrolling through Facebook over the past week, there’s one story almost every UM student has likely seen at least once: a one-in-a-million yellow cardinal was photographed in Alabaster, Alabama by Jeremy Black. However, not long before his rare portrait went viral, Black was a student at the University of Montevallo, staying up late to finish art projects and tripping on the bricks like the rest of us. Black graduated with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design and photography in December 2016, and has...

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Daniel Franzese elicits laughs, provokes thought

14 years following the release of cult favorite film “Mean Girls,” actor Daniel Franzese, who played the effervescent Damian, has undertaken the task of creating an original stand-up special. It was this endeavor that brought Franzese to the University of Montevallo on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Although his passion in comedy is a longstanding one, writing an hour’s worth of material was no easy feat. Now, Franzese is determining what jokes will make the final cut by testing them out on college campuses across the country. “The youth is the future. My fans now are going to be my fans forever,” said Franzese. “I wanted to see how the jokes worked, find new material, play around and have a good time. I’m forever this brain when it comes to pop culture, college-level pop culture.” Franzese’s set began with an explanation behind his uniquely titled tour, “Yaaas, you’re amazing.” When it came to his attention that more often than not, when people nowadays use the adjective “amazing,” it’s to describe things Franzese considers banal, he was both frustrated and amused; but, Franzese sought to change the connotation of the word among his younger audience. “When I knew I was doing a college tour and it was specifically designed to reach students, I wanted to take ‘amazing’ away from the vernacular of just throwing it around and, hopefully, let it resonate just...

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