Pictures on the Mantle: Memories of Thanksgiving

Rebekah Hawkins, Associate Editor There’s a lot of argument as to whether or not we transition too fast between Halloween and Christmas. And to be fair, there’s some merit in those statements. When Halloween has barely ended and I’m already hearing “Holly, Jolly Christmas” on the radio, or seeing Christmas trees gracing the Garden Center … Continue reading Pictures on the Mantle: Memories of Thanksgiving

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In the Black Open Sun: Reflecting on the lives of Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington

  Editor's Note: The title is a mashup of famous songs from Chris Cornell, Tom Petty and Chester Bennington. The songs are “In the End”, “Black Hole Sun” and “Into the Great Wide Open” Rebekah Hawkins, Associate Editor One of the things I remember about my childhood and early teenage years was the surprising lack of … Continue reading In the Black Open Sun: Reflecting on the lives of Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington

Finding My Voice: A survivor of domestic abuse tells her story

**Editor's Note: This is a true story. It contains depictions of emotional, mental and sexual abuse that some readers may find disturbing. We have chosen to run this story unedited because it is an important topic. Reader discretion is advised** My story; Notice the semicolon is there to point out the continuing of a sentence, … Continue reading Finding My Voice: A survivor of domestic abuse tells her story

‘Pockets of Support’: A JSU alumnus speaks out about Roy Moore

Randall Fair, Special to the Chanticleer I was a student at Jacksonville State in the early eighties.  While at JSU, I wrote for “The Chanticleer,” joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, appeared in three plays, and bartended at The Red Rooster Pub.   Despite all this activity, it was a lonely time for a young person trying … Continue reading ‘Pockets of Support’: A JSU alumnus speaks out about Roy Moore