Caleb Jones

UM students present undergraduate research

Undergraduate Research Day is hosted in Harman Hall every year. Photo by Caleb Jones On Wednesday, March 20, 43 University of Montevallo students took part in the 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Day.  According to UM’s website, the goal of Undergraduate Research Day is to involve students in their own learning, to develop teamwork and pride, to enhance interdisciplinary learning and to share in the exhilaration of discovery.   Students from all four colleges at UM are invited to engage in research, scholarship and creative activity with faculty mentors, demonstrating their research via posters and oral presentations.  The event was held...

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URGE hosts spring Abortion positive tour

URGE-branded koozies, condoms, stuckers, buttons and popsockets were available for students to pick up at the ABT tent. Photo by Kat Bell On Monday, March 19, Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) representatives visited UM’s campus as part of their Abortion Positive Tour.   URGE data manager Taylor Harrison and Alabama state organizer Andi Lawhead, along with members of UM’s URGE chapter, set up outside of Farmer Hall to educate students about abortion and the obstacles people often face when seeking the procedure in Alabama, or the U.S. in general  The group also sought to reframe how the public thinks of the issue of abortion as...

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Taking a stand: America is transgender

A leaked memo recently obtained by the New York Times revealed that the Trump administration is considering a move that would define “transgender” out of existence.    The memo showed that the Department of Health and Human Services wanted to change the definition of gender to an extremely narrow definition of “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” and also stated that “the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate as originally issued shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”  According to the memo, they are trying to...

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Revisiting childhood TV favorites

When reminiscing about things that made childhood so fun, one thing readily comes to mind: cartoons. As a child, it didn’t take much to pique my interest when it came to TV. Sit me in front of anything with cool anime fight scenes, magic or singalong songs, and I was good to go. As long as it was visually or aurally pleasing, I could dig it.   That being said, I think we’ve all had moments where as a teen or adult we revisit old childhood TV shows purely for nostalgic reasons and realize that our tastes have greatly changed, and that the shows we used to like...

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UM’s “Hidden Gem”: The Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Former IDS major Cocoa Laney is a testament to the program’s success. Photo by Caleb Jones Picking a major is one of the most important things a new student does when they come to college and can also be one of the most stressful. Some people arrive at their new university already knowing what they want to do, some have no clue and others believe they do only to discover they were sadly mistaken. And of course, we all know that one person who changes majors all the time. To be fair, it can be difficult choosing something so important;...

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