Another Important Vote to Cast



By Katelyn Turner

As the 2016 presidential elections take place this year, many AUM students will be flexing their constitutional rights and vote for the first time. The debates, platforms and controversy surrounding the presidential candidates generate a lot of buzz and excitement and the election is the topic of conversations across campus. However, voting for the nation’s next president is not the only important vote students can cast this year. AUM holds elections each spring semester for the Student Government Association on campus. This year, the SGA elections take place on March 28 through the 31. All students are welcome to vote for the executive offices; however, college senators are voted on by members from the respective college. (more…)

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Expanding Musical Horizons

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Greensky Bluegrass playing their progressive style of bluegrass.


By Turner Griffin

Do you have trouble connecting with today’s popular music on a human level?  Has the heavy use of computer-generated beats and auto-tuned voices left you feeling detached from your car radio and latest playlist?  If so, push pause on the polished product and take a risk on Greensky Bluegrass. (more…)

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Alabama Debuts Online Voter Registration


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Preparing to cast a ballot just became easier for Alabamians after the state implements electronic registration.

By Tiffany Pattillo

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The application verifies a voter meets the criteria before launching the online tool.

Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Feb. 1 that electronic voter registration is now available for Alabama residents. Voters can now register or update their information at According to Merrill’s office, this new application aims to save taxpayer dollars, as well as provide a convenient, secure option for registration. Upon completion of the online registration, the form is (more…)


Alabama University Student Presidents Release Open Letter to Lawmakers

Press release by Alabama Higher Education Partnership.
MONTGOMERY — The elected university student government presidents have outlined an open letter to Alabama’s lawmakers highlighting the importance of higher education in bettering the lives of people in Alabama. SGA Presidents work together through the University Student Presidents Council which is organized under the umbrella of the Alabama Higher Education Partnership. The Partnership is the advocacy organization for the state’s public universities.



Sanders Celebrates Dr. King




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Bernie Sanders addressing the crowd at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham.

By Nathan Howell

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a date to celebrate one of the most influential voices in the history of the civil rights movement. This year, thousands of Alabamians celebrated by attending a political rally at the Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

“There must be a mistake, someone told me Alabama is a conservative state,” Sanders joked as he addressed the crowd of 5,700 people inside the auditorium and another 1,400 in a separate location outside. (more…)


Iowa Caucus 2016


By Dasa Rosca

There is a great deal of pressure between the two remaining Democratic candidates to the Presidency. What was once seen as a stroll through the park for the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned into a nightmare in Iowa. In a race that was too close to call, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders snapped at Clinton’s heels into the wee hours of the morning. At the end of the day, only a few delegates separated the two; six of the precincts were decided with a flip of a coin. (more…)


We Are in the Same Boat

By Marlee Damrel

Do you sometimes feel alone and need someone to understand what you are going through? Is the weight of the world holding you down? There is no need to feel alone when dealing with stress, depression or anxiety. The AUM Counseling Center will begin Mindfulness Group every Friday starting Jan. 29. Dealing with the stress of the semester can be overwhelming and impossible to take on without interaction from other peers. Group counseling will allow you to relieve stress and participate in activities that will help your mental health. There will be seven activities included in the meetings. (more…)


AUM Peace Tree 2015

By Darya Farsinejad

Christmas lights are being hung, cookies are being baked, and of course trees are going up in nearly every household across the nation. AUM did its part in ringing in the holiday spirit. On Nov. 17, AUM Study Abroad partnered with the Roost to host its second annual AUM World Peace Tree. Students were able to come into the Roost and decorate their own ornament to hang on the tree. The tree adorned with flags from all over the world, including the programs Study Abroad has to offer, and signified the importance of the unity of all countries. (more…)