“We will rebuild our home”: JSU athletics facilities sustain storm damage

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor “While the road to recovery may seem long, the people of Jacksonville will rebuild our home,” JSU Athletics Director Greg Seitz said in a statement. The devastation of the March 19 tornadoes in Jacksonville was felt by the entire community as well as the university, as hundreds of buildings were damaged, including some of the Jacksonville State Athletics facilities. Pete Mathews Coliseum, … Continue reading “We will rebuild our home”: JSU athletics facilities sustain storm damage

When the chainsaws stop

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief Without the chainsaws roaring, the electrical trucks blocking the road and the safety vest-clad volunteers up the streets, Ninth Avenue almost looks like home again. Almost. If you drive down the avenue, you’ll find yourself enwalled on either side by piles of debris: tree branches and trunks, roofing, random scraps of metal and the like. Then you’ll notice that most of the … Continue reading When the chainsaws stop

Red Threads spreads Gamecock spirit with T-shirt sale

    Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief   Red Threads Apparel presented JSU with a check for $35,000 on April 5. In the memo line, they wrote “students.” For owner and JSU alumnae Amado Ortiz, that’s what it was all about: the students. “There were other organizations doing good things [after the tornado],” Ortiz said. “The Methodist and Baptist Churches had both been doing fantastic jobs getting … Continue reading Red Threads spreads Gamecock spirit with T-shirt sale

Concerts for a cause: benefit concerts big and small bring in donations

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief “Take me back to Jacksonville / Drive me up Mountain Street / Lead me into old Paul Snow / And show me to my seat” are a few of the lyrics from Riley Green’s song “Bury Me in Dixie,” a tribute to his home state of Alabama and his hometown of Jacksonville. The country singer, 29, who signed a contract with Big … Continue reading Concerts for a cause: benefit concerts big and small bring in donations

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