Solo: Worth a watch for theater boycotters

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-chief  First of all, I’ll give a little disclaimer. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and I’ve loved all the new movies with Disney at the helm (including The Last Jedi). So, if you want to dismiss my opinion now based on that knowledge and go about your day, then I wouldn’t blame you. Still here? Cool. Solo: A Star Wars Story is … Continue reading Solo: Worth a watch for theater boycotters

‘Our’ Home’s in Alabama: Benefit concert raises over $1 million for JSU

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Wednesday’s Alabama & Friends Disaster Relief Benefit Concert for JSU raised over $1.2 million dollars for the tornado relief of Jacksonville State University. Thousands of country music fans and members of the JSU community braved a dreary, wet afternoon to contribute to the cause and listen to some of their favorite bands. Due to ticket sales and a “sizable” donation from band … Continue reading ‘Our’ Home’s in Alabama: Benefit concert raises over $1 million for JSU

‘Peter the Patriot’ helps Jacksonville embrace history

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Even if you don’t know Peter Leavitt, you probably know of him. If you’ve driven by the Jacksonville square on a “patriotic” holiday in the past few years and thought “Is that an American Revolutionary with a musket?” or you’ve gotten mail at the Jacksonville State Mail Center, you’ve come in contact with the man known as “Peter the Patriot.” Peter, a … Continue reading ‘Peter the Patriot’ helps Jacksonville embrace history

Six Months

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Six months. Six months since a quiet Monday during spring break morphed into something much worse. Six months since the warnings from James Spann put fear, and caution, into the minds of all. Six months since home no longer looked like home. Six months since the homes of some could no longer be home. Six months since a lot of lives changed. … Continue reading Six Months

Six Months Later: JSU slowly regains normalcy after March 19 disaster

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Six months after devastating EF-3 tornadoes whipped through campus and community on March 19, 2018, Jacksonville State University finds itself rebounding, but still recovering. “Showing the true Gamecock spirit, we rose up to meet every obstacle in our path,” said Jacksonville State University President Beehler. “Now, six months later, we have made substantial progress ahead of schedule with bright and sunny days … Continue reading Six Months Later: JSU slowly regains normalcy after March 19 disaster

Survey: Students support new TMB renovations

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief The Food Court inside the Theron Montgomery Building at JSU received some updates and renovations over the summer, and, according to a survey conducted by The Chanticleer, the majority of JSU students are in favor of the changes. Among the new changes to the TMB are an updated Chick-fil-a with a more traditional restaurant style layout, some added menu options at Freshens … Continue reading Survey: Students support new TMB renovations

MAYES: Gamecocks face uncharted territory with season-opening loss

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2013. That was the last time that the Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost in the regular season to a non-FBS foe before Saturday night’s 20-17 heartbreaker at the hand of the defending HBCU champion North Carolina A&T. Not since Jimmy Garoppolo, current starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, torched the Gamecocks for a 52-14 victory has JSU felt the sting … Continue reading MAYES: Gamecocks face uncharted territory with season-opening loss

Welcome “home” Gamecocks: Students return to campus amidst rebuilding efforts

  Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Nearly five months to the day after the March 19 tornadoes ripped through the campus of Jacksonville State University, students arrived for the fall semester to find a campus still very much in the recovery process. Many buildings and parking lots remain closed for the time being, and construction crew and equipment still scattered around campus, but JSU says the University … Continue reading Welcome “home” Gamecocks: Students return to campus amidst rebuilding efforts

Meet the Newbies: A message from new Editor-in-Chief Daniel Mayes

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief “Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief.” Wow. That sounds so… official. When I wrote my first story for The Chanticleer just over two years ago (one which I agonized over every word, hoping that I did a good enough job to even warrant consideration for publishing), I never would have imagined that one day the “staff writer” label under my name would some day be … Continue reading Meet the Newbies: A message from new Editor-in-Chief Daniel Mayes

MAYES: Gamecocks must prove they belong on the national scene, in 2018 and beyond

  Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief By most estimations, 2017 was a great football season for Jacksonville State University. A 10-2 finish, a fourth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championship, and an ongoing league-record and Division I leading 32 straight conference victories? Most schools in the country would accept that season without a second thought. However, when you’ve had as much success as the Gamecocks have found on … Continue reading MAYES: Gamecocks must prove they belong on the national scene, in 2018 and beyond