Setting rivalries aside: Response to tragedy shows what makes college sports special

  Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor   Jacksonville State and Troy have been bitter rivals on fields and courts since the two universities used to “Battle for the Ol’ School Bell” beginning back in 1924. There hasn’t been much love lost between the two schools in the near century of gutting games and semi-playful insults that have been exchanged. Yet last week before the Gamecocks played the … Continue reading Setting rivalries aside: Response to tragedy shows what makes college sports special

Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Don’t be alarmed if you see a 7-foot male wielding a chainsaw around Jacksonville, it’s just Norbertas Giga. If you spend more time looking around, you might even see several Jacksonville State volleyball players attempting to roll a fallen tree trunk to a more convenient spot. Before asking why you may see these sights, maybe the first question should (jokingly) … Continue reading Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

Parsons for the People: Waitressing and Greek Life assisting in Parsons helping to give back

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Whether it’s picking up a chainsaw to cut trees or bringing people food at a restaurant, everyone has different ways of helping the city of Jacksonville and the surrounding communities following the devastating tornado last week. For Savanna Parsons, she is just doing what she’s good at and that’s talking to people and making connections. Parsons, an Alexandria High graduate, … Continue reading Parsons for the People: Waitressing and Greek Life assisting in Parsons helping to give back

It’s the little things

  Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, I fully believe that you get to witness the goodness of humanity. For one shining minute—or maybe a day or two—we remember what it means to love thy neighbor. But as those minutes turn to hours and days and, now, a week, something happens. Maybe the newness wears off. Maybe the power comes … Continue reading It’s the little things

Patience

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor Patience. I know that’s probably the hardest thing for JSU students to have right now. The beautiful campus of our University is in shambles, and the vast unknown and uncertainty far outweighs the small amount of security we’ve gotten since Monday night’s devastation. So, understandably, it’s hard to be patient. But patience is maybe the most important donation you can give … Continue reading Patience

Listen to the sirens, hymns and cries while help is on the way

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor If you listen, you can hear it. You can hear the ear-piercing alarm from an apartment building missing most of its exterior; the sounds of chainsaws slicing up fallen trees blocking the roads; the sirens from emergency vehicles racing through a dampened city. But if you listen closer, you can hear the cries for help from the students who just … Continue reading Listen to the sirens, hymns and cries while help is on the way

Don’t be bullied by the YEET YEET trucks

Alissa Camplin, Arts and Entertainment Editor I have driven in a few major cities in the United States. Atlanta.  Chicago. New Orleans.  Heck, I’ll even throw in Birmingham for funsies. I’ve driven in feet of snow, the heat of day, in partial Jacksonville monsoons, and even watched a tornado pass in front of my car on April 27, 2011 when I was on my way to … Continue reading Don’t be bullied by the YEET YEET trucks

Ready or not, here come the Gamecocks

Chris Allen Brown, Associate Editor It hasn’t been the best start to a season for Jana McGinnis and the Jacksonville State softball team this year, but this is a program with a history of coming on when it matters most. The Gamecocks, the preseason pick by many to win another Ohio Valley Conference championship, are off to a 7-12 start through 19 games. So far, JSU … Continue reading Ready or not, here come the Gamecocks