American Craftsman: Forged in Flame

John Dowd, Special to the Chanticleer For over 20 years Alabama Damascus has crafted some of the world’s finest and toughest knife and steel blanks in the world. Today, Alabama Damascus remains the top commercial producer of Damascus layered steel in the United States, and competes globally with other such producers like Pakistan, China, and India, but those who know true knives, know Alabama Damascus steel … Continue reading American Craftsman: Forged in Flame

Being “clubbed” to death: With so many clubs, some students find time for everything

featured photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU Brittany Robertson, Staff Writer Entering freshman year at college comes with a lot of options. Be the stereotypical lazy college student whose idea of a good night is an extra-large cheese pizza, copious amounts of beer and video games, or the over achiever whose only interest is to finish that research paper that is due in two weeks. So, what … Continue reading Being “clubbed” to death: With so many clubs, some students find time for everything

Higher higher ed: Tips for pursuing graduate school

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief As a young, fresh-out-of-college graduate, there’s only one thing the world will want to know: “What are you doing next?” Some students will have jobs lined up in their fields immediately after graduating with their bachelor’s degrees. Some will return to a family business. Some will start their own. But many will go on to graduate school. When Katelyn Henderson and Griffin McDaniels … Continue reading Higher higher ed: Tips for pursuing graduate school

Making champions: the legacy of Coach John Grass

Daniel Mayes, Staff Writer Coach John Grass was hired as the offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University’s football program for the 2013 season. A head coach veteran of various Alabama high schools, Grass made his first foray into the college ranks at his alma mater when new head coach Bill Clark was brought in after JSU fired longtime coach Jack Crowe. Clark led the Gamecocks … Continue reading Making champions: the legacy of Coach John Grass

Sisters have “Supernatural” experience at convention

  Brittany Robertson, Staff Writer It is interesting how much a person can change in a decade. For my sister, it was a change for the better. On Feb. 24, 2017, my sister, Rebecca, and I attended our first convention together: the Supernatural convention in Nashville, Tenn. Now, I have been to others before, but they were all small compared to the massive turnout this … Continue reading Sisters have “Supernatural” experience at convention

All the world’s a classroom: Inside the world of Dr. Carmine DiBiase

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Carmine DiBiase’s office looks like that of the average professor’s. A paper-smattered desk and a worn office chair are crammed into one corner, and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase packed with books and overflowing with more sits on the opposite wall. DiBiase’s personal style comes through in the snapshots of Italy that cover his walls and door and the tea things stacked on … Continue reading All the world’s a classroom: Inside the world of Dr. Carmine DiBiase

Raisin’ the Pete: Coach Ray Harper breathes life into JSU’s basketball program

Timothy Cash, Sports Editor Believe it or not, Jacksonville State University was once in the upper echelon of the basketball world. The men that played in Pete Mathews coliseum were constantly in postseason discussions during the 1980s. However, since that time, the men in “The Pete” have fallen on hard times. This season is different. It is much-needed breath of fresh air for the Gamecocks. … Continue reading Raisin’ the Pete: Coach Ray Harper breathes life into JSU’s basketball program

Homerun! New field in the future for Gamecock Baseball

By Grant Benefield They say hard work pays off, and for JSU baseball, their hard work has earned them a brand-new stadium. In July 2016, Jacksonville State University confirmed a $7.5 million project to completely revamp Rudy Abbott Field. The massive project will completely change the face of the 22-year-old field, adding many new amenities for the players and coaches, including an indoor training facility … Continue reading Homerun! New field in the future for Gamecock Baseball

An Immigrant’s Journey

Alexander Cooper The year is 1975. The Vietnam war is in its final days. North Vietnamese soldiers have taken the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon, and the South Vietnamese soldiers in the country have stopped fighting, and started running. 20-year-old soldier Phu Nguyen is among them. He had volunteered to join the military in 1972 when he was 17 years old and still in … Continue reading An Immigrant’s Journey

JSU drama brings magic to the stage in “The Tempest”

By Katie Cline Editor-in-Chief Any Shakespearean play is a massive undertaking, but “The Tempest,” with its revenge plots, large cast and copious magic, may be one of the most complicated shows to put on. None of this has deterred JSU’s drama department as it prepares for opening night on February 16, though. “Every show is big; every show is important; every show requires an immense … Continue reading JSU drama brings magic to the stage in “The Tempest”