Top Five Sports to Watch Heading Into the Summer


By Chad Underwood

With football out of season, most will assume that we will have to wait until August to see anything meaningful when it comes to the world of sports. Truth is, this may be the best time for sports of the entire year. So much is happening this summer that it is making me sad that I have to get a job and become an adult. Below are the Top Five Sports events heading into what should be an amazing summer.


This is, without a doubt, the premier sports event of the summer. The World Cup is just that, a global tournament for the sport of soccer that is seen by billions of people.  In the United States, many die-hard and even casual fans remember Landon Donavan’s stoppage time heroics at the 2010 World Cup vs. Algeria. The United States will face a much tougher task this time around, playing in a group that features soccer world powers Portugal and Germany, along with a Ghana team that has given the US lots of trouble in the last two World Cups.  No matter what happens to the United States men’s national team, this is a tournament that holds a lot of importance globally and one I will definitely be watching.


(Warning, this is the most biased opinion anyone could ever have. The sport of hockey means everything to me. Just thought I would make that clear).

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are for me the best part of the summer months. As we are already through the first round and into the second, the competition and matchups only continue to get better as we inch closer to the Stanley Cup Final. Hockey is a sport you have to give a chance in person at least once. Nashville is the closest NHL team to Montgomery, but the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League are only about 90 minutes away in Georgia. The playoffs will last until around mid-June, so all you suffering football fans hop on the bandwagon now!


To kick off the Summer break from May 8-10 is quite possibly the sports-nerdiest thing of all time. The draft always used to fall during finals week (which was complete and utter torture), but now it has been pushed to the next week, and I will get to watch hours and hours of coverage. At times, it is not the most entertaining event, but a very important one that shapes the foundation for the future of the National Football League. The first round is must-see television.


I am far from an NBA expert, but the playoffs are always a fun time to watch and learn about the sport. There are many interesting storylines that have already surfaced in the first round of the playoffs, but mainly one about Miami Heat forward Lebron James’ alleged stare before a dunk at basketball legend/owner of Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan. Lebron is playing with an edge to his game I have not seen since his days in Cleveland. I love the confidence he brings to the floor and his teammates. Hopefully, we get to see an NBA Finals that features him and the Miami Heat once again.


I always pick baseball up in the summer months because the season is so long. It is impossible for me to watch 162 games and still maintain anything that resembles a normal life. So around mid-July, typically after the All-Star break, I really start to pay attention. Is it the best option in May and June? No. But, is it always on to cure one’s sports fix? Yes.

10 Essential Record Store Day Releases



By Jessica Klinner

Record Store Day has finally arrived. For vinyl lovers, RSD is the equivalent to Christmas Day. Every year artists and bands release special edition albums and singles specifically for Record Store Day. Thanks to Rad Vinyl Records and More, Montgomery now has a resident record store to help local vinyl enthusiasts take full advantage of Record Store Day without having to travel to another city. Take a look at 10 Record Store Day releases that I think are worth checking out this year.

 1. Fun.- Point and Light (10-inch on rainbow splatter vinyl)

The 10-inch rainbow splattered vinyl pressing of Point and Light is a necessity for any Fun fan. It features unreleased demos from their first album, Aim and Ignite. It’s always interesting to hear demos of songs to see how they developed into the album versions. If you’re a fan of Fun, you will not be disappointed by this special release.

 2. Paramore- “Ain’t It Fun”

Paramore’s most recent single, “Ain’t It Fun,” is slowly taking over the airwaves. The special Record Store Day 12-inch vinyl release appears to be a broken record because of the half black and half clear design. Lead singer Hayley Williams designed the unique looking vinyl herself. If you’re familiar with the music video for “Ain’t It Fun,” the broken record design will come as no surprise.

3. Green Day- Demolicious

Demolicious is a collection of 18 demos recorded by Green Day in 2012 while they were recording their Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos! and Green Day ¡Tres! album trilogy. The release will also include an unreleased track called “State of Shock” and an acoustic version of the song “Stay The Night” from Green Day ¡Uno!. The two-disc set will be available on CD, cassette and clear or red vinyl.

4. Nirvana- “Pennyroyal Tea”/ “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die”  

The 7-inch release features one of the standout songs from Nirvana’s 1993 album, In Utero. The track was supposed to include a grungy B-side called “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die,” but the original release was cancelled after lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death. This month marks the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, and this release is a great way to commemorate it.

5. Death Cab For Cutie ft. Magik*Magik Orchestra- Live 2012

This double LP documents Death Cab For Cutie’s 2012 tour with Magik*Magik Orchestra. With hits like “Transatlanticism” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” on the track list, it will make you feel like you’re experiencing the concert first hand. This release needs to be at the top of your list of Record Store Day purchases.

6. American Authors/The Mowglis- “In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams Come True”

This split 7-inch vinyl features breakout band American Authors and their friends in The Mowglis. The bands took two classic pop songs and put their own spin on them.  The two bands have spent a lot of time together this year on tour so releasing a split vinyl for Record Store Day was an appropriate and smart move.

7. The Ramones- Meltdown with the Ramones

Meltdown with the Ramones was released in 1980 in the U.K. as a promotional-only sampler. For this year’s Record Store Day, it is being released in the U.S. on navy vinyl. This record is essential for any punk rock or Ramones fan.

8. Hank Williams- The Garden Spot Programs 1950 EP

The Garden Spot Programs 1950 EP features previously unreleased performances from country icon, Hank Williams. The special Record Store Day release includes tracks like “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business” from a radio broadcast in the 1950s.  Since Williams was a native of Alabama, you should almost feel obligated to pick up this record.

9. Bastille- Of The Night EP

Bastille’s Of The Night EP, a 10-inch picture disc, features the title track, a live version of their song “Oblivion” from 2013’s Bad Blood and two remixes of “Of The Night.” The U.K. natives have made a name for themselves in the U.S. after the release of their debut album last year. It’s a shame this EP is limited to 2000 pressings because it is sure to be an incredible release.

10. Cage the Elephant- “Take It Or Leave It”/ “Jesse James”

Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant are releasing a limited edition 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day. This 7” will include the songs “Take It Or Leave It” and “Jesse James” from the Melophobia sessions. If you can get your hands on one of the 1500 copies being released for Record Store Day, consider yourself very lucky!

Survivors of the Holocaust

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By Sethany Hagel

AUM’s gym was crowded with people.  The people there did not gather for a big game, but to listen to eye witness accounts of one of the most horrific times in the history of the world.

On Wednesday, April 9, Max Herzel and Max Steinmetz, came to AUM to tell their survival story of the Holocaust.   With the candles lit and burning,  every eye was on them. The survivors begin to tell of the horrific existence they led while in captivity.  Living in conditions worse than slavery, but they came out alive.  They tell their stories not for pity, but as a warning.

They told one horrific story after another.  One father gave up something to keep his son warm in winter, and both father and son were hung.  One Rabbi tried to keep his high holy day and was killed for keeping the traditions of his ancestors.  In a heart wrenching tale Max Herzel told of his first encounter with an American soldier who gave up his coat to keep a frozen Jewish boy from dying.

Telling stories from all over the spectrum, from horrors and fears, to rebuilding faith in mankind, Herzel and Steinmetz relived their terrors. This is so that another generation could be warned and would make a stand if their time came. They lived through torture for all those years and when they sleep that torture returns.  However , when they retell their story it’s worth it, if only this generation will keep a second Holocaust from happening when the next Hitler rises up.

History has a way of repeating itself.  In the last century alone there has been one genocide after another, from the Armenian genocide to the Rwanda genocide.  These brave survivors are warning us, so history won’t repeat itself on our generation.

The AUM Archers Are Here To Stay

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By Darrell Puckett

Auburn University Montgomery has a new archery club on campus called the AUM Archers.  This newly established club has been consistently growing over the past two years of existence and exemplifies the qualities needed to start a team.

AUM Archers President Paul Wigham, Vice President Barry Langston, and Secretary Kelsey Fleming have been influential in developing the club’s membership and overall message since 2012.

“We exist to give students the opportunity to travel places they otherwise may never go,”  Wigham said. “We have something very special at AUM and have the opportunity to make a mark on not only Montgomery, but Alabama and the entire country.” 

The team started with 10 members in 2011, but has grown to 14 males and eight females.  The closest collegiate programs that have an archery team are Kentucky, Texas, and Michigan.  

In 2013, the AUM Archers won best new club honors on campus.  “Our goal is to be able to raise enough money through sponsors and other means to be able to give members scholarship in the future.”  Wigham said.  The Archers goals are to help and reward their members for hard work.

Langston’s success away from college archery has brought AUM recognition by itself.  He finished second out of 122 competitors at the Realtree Archery Shooters Association pro-am in Columbus, Ga. on Feb. 28, 2014.  Also, Langston finished second out of 103 competitors at the Hoyt ASA pro-am in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 28, 2014.  “I love the sport of archery and want to help spread the sport all around,” Langston said.

Langston is currently ranked in Open A class, which is the highest amateur ranking class.  He will be moved into semi-pro next season.  “I’m not only excited about my pro career, but thrilled about this great opportunity to get the AUM Archers name out there,”  Langston said.

Wigham constructed the AUM Archers in 2012 and is still thriving to make this club a success and keep it going for future aspiring archers.  “Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to be a part of something special,”  Wigham said.

The next competition will be in Texas, where Langston chases his opportunity for shooter of the year.  “All of my hard work could potentially payoff with a high finish in Texas, and I couldn’t have done any of this without the AUM Archers support,”  Langston said.

The AUM Archers are looking for new membership and would be more than happy to hear from anyone.  If interested in membership, send an email to or call 334–549 –4772.

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