The Great Wall of Trump

Campaign sign used to voice support for the Trump/Pence ticket.

By Nathan Howell

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump promised several times throughout his successful campaign that he would construct a large wall on the southern border of the United States. He used this message as a call to those who feel that their livelihoods have been impacted by the issue of illegal immigration.

It is not unusual for presidential candidates to make promises they cannot fully hold up, and it seems that this may be the case for the border wall. From the beginning, this plan suffered much criticism based mainly on funding and general effectiveness; funding being the biggest issue as Trump has claimed the wall would cost $8 billion, though the highest estimates are close to $25 billion.

Trump repeatedly proclaimed that Mexico was going to pay for this wall, and in one of the debates with Hillary Clinton he stated that if Mexico refused to pay then he would make up the money through the trade deficit with Mexico.

However, the President-elect may be preparing to use domestic sources to obtain funding. His team is looking to ask Congress to fund the $10 billion project through congressional appropriations, according to a report by Fox News. This means that the majority of the funding would come from revenue generated through taxes. Although this will be the catalyst to begin building the wall, Trump assures the United States is “going to get reimbursed” according to The New York Times.

This promise is in direct contrast to Mexican President Enrique Nieto’s statements in August of 2016. He stated that he “made clear that Mexico would not pay for the wall.”

AUM Gay-Straight Alliance Presents Safe Zone Program

By Blake Hunter

Would you like to know more about the LGBT community? Do you have questions about the LGBT community that you aren’t exactly sure how to ask? Then you should come to Safe Zone. Safe Zone is an event presented by the AUM Gay-Straight Alliance and Dr. Faircloth of Troy University. This event will take place on Friday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m in Warhawk Alley, located on the 1st floor of the Taylor Center. Interactive and educational, the event is also focused on making sure you have a great time, so step outside your comfort zone, get a free lunch, and learn a thing or two.

Safe Zone is a campus oriented event designed to both educate people about general LGBT issues and teach them how to create a safe and welcoming space for members of the LGBT community. Attendees will have the chance to talk directly to members of the LGBT community in a positive, nonjudgmental space who are willing, and want to, answer any questions that you may have. Dr. Paul Hard, an associate professor in the College of Education who is helping put on Safe Zone, says the event is a “great opportunity to become informed,” and that “these days there is so much said about the LGBT community, this is opportunity to find out from them.” Other examples of what will be taught at Safe Zone include how to deal with friends or family members coming out to you, the concept of privilege and what it means, and a speech by Dr. Faircloth on the nuts and bolts, and language of the LGBT community.

Still on the fence? Not sure what the big deal is? Did you know that in Alabama, and many other states, it is legal to both be fired from your job and evicted from your home simply for being LGBT? That Alabama does not recognize sexual oriented based violence as a hate crime? That according to an analysis done by the FBI in 2014 LGBT people are the most likely target for hate crimes? If any of this sounds concerning to you, come to Safe Zone. Learn how you can help create a better, and more loving world for our LGBT family members and friends.

Click here to RSVP for the event.

You Are What You Eat

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Make what you eat and how much you spend a priority in order to see your health and bank account flourish.

By Katelyn Turner

Since living on campus, I find myself eating out frequently. The café just doesn’t do it for me day in and day out. The more I have eaten out, the more I’ve noticed that I feel like it’s my only option whenever it’s time to eat. But spending a few bucks several times a week eventually adds up and takes a chunk out of my bank account. Also, it makes it a lot harder keeping off the freshman fifteen every year. (more…)

The Fright of Failure

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AUM sophomore Landyn Bassett studying for finals.

By Deanna Chavez

Failure can hit like a freight train. One minute it seems like life is together. Then the next thing you know, it’s 2 a.m., you’re surrounded by unfinished work and wondering how you were on top of the world a week ago, while now you seem to be at the bottom of the barrel.

While failure is inevitable at times, it can also be avoidable with proper preparation. Finals are rapidly approaching, and AUM will be providing many opportunities for students to excel during this time. On Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., the annual “Professors N’ Pajamas” commenced in Taylor Center 221. This event combined fun with academics. Students were able to acquire the help they needed for any specific subject ranging from equations in calculus to verb conjugation in Spanish. In addition to academic help prizes, which ranged from gift cards to free housing, was be awarded throughout the night.

In addition to this event, the library will also begin to better accommodate students studying for finals by staying open later hours therefore allowing students to burn the midnight oil. Even if you’d rather be in the library during daytime hours, the Warhawk Academic Success Center is always available to help students thrive. Whichever route you chose to take can help ensure that failure is avoided when possible.

At times, though, even with the best foundation, failure can be unavoidable. So how do you bounce back? Many people believe that everyone should just keep moving forward, but not all problems can be solved with a positive attitude. There is no foolproof method of getting over failure. However, it’s not really something you need to “get over.” Society puts a huge emphasis on being successful at all times, and that is both unrealistic and exhausting. Failing is hard to deal with, but rock bottom can be a pretty solid foundation to rebuild on. To quote J.K. Rowling, “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you fail by default.”

Burn it to Earn it

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Research shows that students who regularly exercise, tend to have higher GPAs than those who do not

By Katelyn Turner

Classes, homework, extra-curricular activities and making time for family and friends can keep a student’s schedule pretty full.
Making time to exercise may not be a priority during midterms and exams; however, it does serve to benefit the mind and body exponentially and could even boost those test scores.

Michigan State University conducted a research that found a connection between exercise and higher GPAs, as reported by Medical Daily. The study even showed that those who had a gym membership were less likely to drop out of college. Joining a gym not only provided students with an opportunity to acquire many mental and physical health benefits, but also gave them a chance to form relationships with others and, in turn, increase their link to the college.

Psychology Today reports that regular exercise decreases depression and anxiety and boosts the mood overall. Heavy exercise increases the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a chemical that makes people feel happy and relaxed. It also keeps the mind sharp and aids preventing future memory loss, which starts to happen significantly at the age of 45.

Complicated exercises like dancing or playing a sport improve student’s ability to concentrate. U.S. News reported that German researchers concluded that students who did just ten minutes of an intense fitness routine score better on “high-attention tasks” than those who did not participate in the fitness routine. This is because sports challenge the brain to grow through completing complicated tasks. This new cell growth in the brain then carries over to the classroom where students apply their ability to problem solve and perform better under pressure.

Exercise has many benefits for students other than keeping a nice figure. It keeps the mind sharp and focused and also relieves stress and depression. Students should acquire a fitness regimen and mix it up by cross training and playing sports in order to receive the most benefits from exercise. Fitness should not be seen as an end to make or break a students ability to graduate college, but it does make the road to a degree a little bit smoother.

Work Opportunities

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Grover Parker is preparing for a hard day of work at the Hyundai Plant.

By Seneithia Parker

Having trouble gaining work experience? Have you applied to so many jobs that you feel like you have nowhere else to look? The job market can be challenging here in Montgomery. To make the process easier, below are some services and initiatives that can help. (more…)

I Am Not My Hair Forum

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By Seneithia Parker

On Oct. 13, 2016 the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted their first “I Am Not My Hair Forum” in Taylor Center 221. A professional hair stylist as well as students were on the discussion panel to talk about the different hair textures African American women have. (more…)

Veterans Week

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By Deanna Chavez

If you happen to be on campus and notice many American flags on the Quad understand that they aren’t there just as a show of patriotism. Twenty American flags will be placed on campus in November as a symbol for the 20 veterans who commit suicide every day. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, and AUM is going to honor the many we have on campus.  The Student Veterans Association will be having a “Veterans Week,” which will kick off with an “AUM Supports our Veterans Day” on  Nov. 9 and 10. (more…)