Katy Barnes

Should Sean Spicer even be on DWTS?

Graphic by DeAndra Hodge Sometimes famous people make mistakes, or sometimes they begin to fall into obscurity. Sometimes they want to have fun, and sometimes they are just the most recent star of “The Bachelor.” If a celebrity falls into any of these categories, more often than not they will find themselves on “Dancing with the Stars.”  “Dancing with the Stars” is a spin-off of the British television show “Simply Come Dancing” that airs on ABC at 8 p.m. on Monday nights. Led by hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, it focuses on lesser known celebrities learning to dance. It also serves...

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Moths: The Bees of The Night

Hannah Irlan observing the exhibit. Photo by Katy Barnes Science can be a difficult thing to talk about. Many don’t understand it, and many more are scared of it. This is what artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki call Science Friction. With their clever satire and unique way of looking at science through the lens of art, they’ve found many ways to combat this sense of science friction. One such way is through their creation of the Moth Garden.  The Moth Garden came about as a way to educate the world about the importance and beauty of pollinating species. Species like bees are suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder, which stems...

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“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” a show made in heaven

Christina Yancy portrays Judas’ mother, Henrietta. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communications Judas Iscariot – one of the 12 disciples and eventual traitor of Christ was doomed to reside in hell for his crimes, according to common Christian belief. But did he actually deserve it? That is what “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” attempts to answer under the premise of a court case in purgatory.   Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by UM professor Michael Walker, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” focuses on Fabiana Aziza Cunningham (played by Melissa Hund) and Yusef El-Fayoum (played by Ryan Orso), as they pull figures from history to debate whether or not...

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Tiptoe through the tulips at American Village

The Festival of Tulips is the only event of its kind in Alabama. Photo by Ariel Hall As the crowd ebbed and flowed throughout the day, patrons of American Village were excited to attend the third annual Festival of Tulips and hopefully take home an armful of flowers.   Located between Montevallo and Alabaster, American Village is home to many historically-based programs, and while they may be most famous for their Fourth of July celebration, this sweet spring program is worth checking out.   Currently Alabama’s only you-pick tulip festival, it offers a plethora of colorful flowers and a gorgeous historical backdrop to take them all in....

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Poets sound off in Valentine’s Day spoken word event

(Left to right) Jamie Haas, Natalie Roberts and Annika Bastian pose with their prizes, alongside Laura DeRocher, editor-in-chief for The Tower. Photo by Katy Barnes Poetry is one of the many staples of traditional Valentine’s Day gift giving. If executed properly, it is sentimental enough to make anyone swoon.   If done improperly, however, it becomes the inspiration for events such as the “Crappy Love Poetry Competition,” hosted by The Tower. The annual event held by the local literary magazine exists to celebrate and bring attention to certain types of poetry that are often overlooked as lesser than – the comedic variety.   Meeting in the Farmer...

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