Caleb Jones

Vintage Purples fundraise for College Night endowment

For many students here at the University of Montevallo, College Night is an integral and memorable part of their college experience. Every year, College Night brings out a new group of talented and passionate players who give their blood, sweat and tears to honor the oldest homecoming tradition in the United States.  Love for College Night drives many of these students to dedicate their time, money and effort to the event even after their time as a Montevallo student has ended. In fact, UM alumni are essential to making College Night happen.  The Montevallo Vintage Purples are a group...

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You’re probably not getting drafted

On Jan. 3, 2020, the US Pentagon ordered a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian major general Quasem Soleimani.  Considered the second most powerful man in Iran, his death killing shocked leaders across the world, most of whom called for immediate de-escalation as the Iranian government vowed retaliation for the killing. Within hours of the strike, Twitter was awash with war memes and World War III was trending.  It was one of the rare moments where everyone on Twitter seemed to all be tweeting about the same thing, though takes were vastly different. Some denounced the Trump administration’s unilateral military action made without Congressional approval, some called it a justified killing of...

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Tobacco age increases

On Dec. 2, the President signed legislation that amended the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, making it illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products (Juuls, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, chewing tobacco etc.) to individuals under the age of 21. Before the amendment, Alabamians could buy tobacco products at 19 years old.   The new law is supposed to help tackle the issue of smoking among young adults, and to hopefully prevent the development of nicotine addictions.   In a news release from the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris pronounced support for the increase in buying and consumption...

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History Department hosts Antique Roadshow

Books were provided to the show by the library archive. Photo by Jamie Browder. On Oct. 23, the University of Montevallo History Department held Antiques Roadshow Montevallo in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library.   Organized by associate professor of history John Bawden, the event was modeled after the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow” in which specialists from auction houses and dealers across the country come to offer free appraisals of antiques and other rare items, offering insight into their historical origins.   “It’s a fun opportunity for people to talk about objects that are precious to their families, and to find...

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Senator discusses teacher shortage at roundtable

Mark Dixon, Avis Williams, J.W. Carpenter, Sen. Doug Jones and Dr. Courtney Bentley dissing teacher retention at roundtable. Photo by Caleb Jones On Saturday, Aug. 24, Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala, hosted a roundtable discussion in Anna Irvin, which featured educators from across the state.   The discussion focused on the challenges involved in increasing Alabama’s teacher workforce and how to work on strategies to effectively combat those challenges, as well as how to improve the educational experience for K-12 and college students.  After opening remarks from UM President John Stewart, Jones began by stressing the importance of teachers’ place in shaping the...

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