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Prisoner of Words

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Tiffany Schultz, celebrating her upcoming graduation. Photo courtesy of Kade Beasley.

By Kalen Huggins 

When you think of the things you take for granted, what do you think of? Do you think of technology, clothing or a safe place to sleep at night? What about the ability to read this article? Illiteracy has been putting people at a disadvantage since the beginning of recorded history. If you think illiteracy ended with the abolition of slavery or that problems like illiteracy do not exist in America you are wrong.  Thirty-two million adults, 14 percent of the population, are illiterate, according to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy-data.

As cliché as the saying may be, educational attainment is the key to success in life. Without the ability to read, (more…)

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The 2016 Filibuster Is Here!

 

 

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By Nick Manoliu

The 2016 Filibuster Release Event has come and gone. If you weren’t there, you should have been! The atmosphere was stimulating, and the food was fantastic. Editors and contributors shared their favorite works, and the event was a success.

Goodwyn 109 was the place to be, on May 2 at 5p.m. As attendees signed in and nibbled at the refreshments, the environment was calm and relaxing, and the people were alight with quiet anticipation of what the latest issue of the Filibuster might hold. Dr. Robert Klevay, academic adviser for the Filibuster, introduced the event and thanked the editor, Jacob Lambert, for doing such a fine job on the 2016 edition. (more…)

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See Ya Later, Stress

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By Kalen Huggins

‘Tis the season for panic attacks, phone calls to mom at 3 a.m. and staying up so late we have no idea what day it is. Finals week is among us and as always, it means business. As we are all starting the assignments we should have begun months ago, there are many ways we can keep from falling apart.

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“Stress is a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.,” Merriam Webster defines. Symptoms for stress are both mental and physical, including insomnia, muscle tension, headaches and hostility. (more…)

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Cloverdale Spring Concert Series

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Photo courtesy of Cloverdale Idlewild Association

By Rachael Fairchild

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the pollen is creating a yellow tint on the cars, tables, and art statues around campus; it is safe to say that spring has sprung. With more hours of daylight and warm, breezy evenings, the 10th Annual Spring Concert Series hosted by the Cloverdale-Idlewild Neighborhood Association provides the perfect activity for Sunday evenings. (more…)

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Misconceptions about Cinco de Mayo

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By Marlee Damrel

There is much joy in planning your family beach trip for Memorial Day weekend, but we can’t forget Cinco de Mayo. This wonderful holiday is sometimes overlooked and many of us may not really know the reason behind this celebration. Most would say it’s the one day a year to get sick on Mexican food, but many often confuse it as Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16. On this day in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo took charge in the village church of Dolores where he eventually overthrew the Spanish oppression. Only the city of Puebla really makes a considerable deal over Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day is actually more significant in Mexico. (more…)

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Battle of the Bands

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By Kalen Huggins

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Lip syncing has become an enormously popular form of entertainment over the past decade. Television shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” are known to include hilarious lip-syncing skits. There is even a show dedicated solely to lip syncing, appropriately called “Lip Sync Battle,” where celebrities lip sing and dance to well-known songs. Many high schools and colleges have put together lip sync events, including Prattville High School and Huntingdon College. Now, AUM is on the map too! (more…)

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Trump Wins New York Primary Election

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By Dasa Rosca

After several weeks of negative results, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump scored the most decisive victory of this campaign cycle. His massive win in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in New York was quite a comeback after he suffered back to back defeats in Colorado and Wyoming. Trump got 89 delegates out of the 95 available. Trump’s juggernaut had staled with massive negative publicity over some of the statements he had made regarding abortion. His victory in New York though has jump started his movement towards the Republican National Convention in Ohio. Although it is still doubtful whether or not Trump will have the 1,237 delegates necessary to cling the Republican nomination, this win slams the door closed of any possibility Cruz had hoped to get the nomination. (more…)

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STDs: The Invisible Killer

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Half of all STDs are found in young adults under the age of 25, according to CDC data. Picture from: CDC website, 2015.

By Kalen Huggins

We all know Montgomery to be home to a rich history in the civil rights movement, Chris’s World Famous Hot Dogs, and people that took the world by storm such as Nat King Cole, Hank Williams Sr., Zelda Fitzgerald and the infamous Doe B. However, what most of us don’t know is that Montgomery has earned the title of home to something far less reputable. Since 2013, Montgomery has been labeled the most sexually diseased city in America. The fourth largest city in Alabama ranks far higher in reported cases of STDS – 4,388 as of the 2013 data –  than bigger cities such as New Orleans, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, “nearly one in fifty Montgomery residents has syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia,” according to the 2013 CDC data. (more…)

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Celebrate Local Authors at the Alabama Book Festival

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Being a college student is tough. Between class and involvement on campus, it’s easy for you to get bogged down. Sometimes, we just need to step back and enjoy some leisure time. For many of us on campus, reading is our go to escape. On April 23, the 11th annual Alabama Book Festival seeks to bring book lovers from all over the state to Montgomery for a day full of fun and learning.

The festival includes author presentations from many famous authors including Natasha Tretheway, Rick Bragg, Homer Hickam and Alan Katz. Local authors will also be presenting throughout the day. (more…)