Pure Artistry Café Celebrates National Poetry Month

 

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By Latara Holloway

Pure Artistry Literary Café kicked off its “Speak No Evil Weekend” event in honor of National Poetry Month Thursday night. “Lyrical Rewind,” the first of the three-day events planned, was an Apollo-styled night. Despite the rain, the artists and guests showed up for a fun night of laughs, poetry and skits. The winner of the night, JP Da Poet, entertained guests with his spoken-word pieces “Letter to an absent Father,” “Letter to My Son” and “Not Today.” while runner-up Caught Up performed a three-piece skit about speed dating.

The celebration continues tonight with “Art & Soul,” which will be dedicated to the late artists and activists Dr. Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. Manager of event productions, Monique Dennis, says that it was important to introduce the women to this generation as more than just a poet and an actress, respectively. Souled Out will be the house band and performances of the night will serve to honor the memories of the two women. Chef Eryka Perry of Not Just Catering will also serve hors-d’oeuvres.

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The weekend wraps up with “Saturday Night Cinema, “where the audience can come together to view three short indie films. Unlike a regular night at the movie theatres, the cast and crew will be there to hold a talk back with the audience. The films include “The Pretty Brunette” by C. DeWayne Cunningham, “Jackpot” by Kalonji Gilchrist and “Tying Loose Ends” by Jamyla Philyaw and C. DeWayne Cunningham. Refreshments will be served, and the first bag of popcorn is free.

General admission is $15 on Friday and $10 on Saturday, and tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. This event is open to those 18 and older, and security will be provided for the weekend.

For more information about the event, check out Pure Artistry Literary Café’s webpage or feel free to contact them via Facebook or other social media.

“Speak No Evil” started when Monique Dennis returned to Montgomery and saw the lack of artistic events in the city and has been running for four years. The name “Speak No Evil” is symbolic of the clean entertainment provided.  Pure Artistry Café also has a web series called “An Artist’s Tribute,” which also help to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Photo courtesy of Latara Holloway

An artist tribute YouTube webseries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkBtKBCcSxI&list=PLrQVc60D08QoD8lODCvp4uqgsZQvRE6ST&index=1

Pure Artistry Literary Café website:
http://palitcafe.com/

Buy tickets online here as well as get more information about the event:http://www.eventbrite.com/o/pure-artistry-literary-cafe-894996425?s=36167164

 

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Wellness Center Additions

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By Robert Lemons

The Wellness Center is always looking for ways to make improvements and further improve the wellbeing of AUM students. Recently, several new additions have been made, including new pieces of equipment and three new classes.

Wendy Franklin, Program Manager of the Wellness Center, explained that this new equipment was there to promote functional fitness and also a means for helping those who may not feel as comfortable on the gym floor. “Some people feel intimidated using the resistance equipment, and we hope that they won’t feel as intimidated using this new equipment,” Franklin said.

Wendy also explained that an additional three classes have been added to the Wellness Center schedule. “Walking Strong” is a new class that takes place on Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. “The class consists of a 30-minute express walk around the indoor track where the goal is to complete a mile, Franklin said. “This also includes resistance band training where participants will do squats, rows, biceps or triceps.” This class is intended for people to be able to go at their own pace.

“Knuckle Up” is a class that incorporates Mixed Martial Arts into interval training. “There will be boxing, kickboxing, tai chi and muay thai,” Franklin said. It is a 45 minute class that is intended to engage the entire body and takes place every Monday at 3 p.m. and every Thursday at 1 p.m.

“Tear It Up” is another class that has been added. This class, which begins April 7, will consist of intervals of boxing, weight training and core exercises.  The class is at 7 p.m. to encourage more students to participate. “There will be bars and plates out on the gym floor and people will be able to add as much weight as they want and go at their own pace,” Franklin said. “Tear It Up” is promoting #IChallengeYou. This is intended for participants to able challenge their friends and make exercising more fun.

The Wellness Center is continuing to make additions so that people are able to live a healthier life. Be sure to check out these new classes and the other ones that are also available.

Photo Courtesy of Robert Lemons

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Showdown in College Town Thursday Night April 9

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In efforts to combine the surrounding colleges and create memories for years to come, Leadership Montgomery, is holding its third annual Showdown in College Town.

This event will include friendly competitions and prize drawings. Some of those events include a stroll off, canvas art competition, voice competition, drum line exhibition and a spirit contest. There will also be a selfie booth, and free massages. If you go online to Showdown in College Town-Montgomery’s Facebook page you can enter to win, “fabulous door prizes including gift baskets, gift certificates and a night at the Renaissance,” Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at AUM Dr. Janice Lyn said.

There will also be a lot of free food for everyone. Donations were made by, “Capital City Club, Central Restaurant, Dreamland BBQ, Coke products, Cupcakes by Tish, Cucos, Eat South, Johnny Ryans, Mellow Mushroom and Sazas to name a few,” Dr. Lyn said.

Colleges invited to the event include AUM, Troy University, Alabama State University, Faulkner University, South University, Huntingdon College, Tuskegee University and Trenholm State Technical College.

The event is free for all students with their ID. It will be taking place in downtown Montgomery in the Alley, 7-11 p.m.

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Finding a Home Away From Home with Airbnb

 

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By Tiffany Pattillo 

The images evoked by the words “spring break” involve large cities, crowded parties, sunny days and sandy beaches. Often these spring break destinations come with high hotel bills. In search of a quieter spring break locale and more affordable accommodations, I planned a road trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where my sister and I visited several tourist attractions including Rock City and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. I decided to forego booking a traditional hotel room, choosing instead to book a room using the website Airbnb, Air Bed and Breakfast, for the first time.

Airbnb is a billion-dollar company cofounded in 2008 by Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. Airbnb allows people to rent out their entire homes, vacant rooms or couches to guests for set rates that are often cheaper than traditional hotel rooms. The company boasts over 20 million guests, with listings in approximately 34,000 cities in over 190 countries.

After hours of researching listings in Chattanooga, I reserved an available room in the home of Rachel and Kyle Niederhauser for a total of $62. Communication between the Neiderhausers and I began immediately. I explained the purpose of my trip, and we exchanged a few other questions and answers before they agreed to accept my reservation. My sister and I arrived the following evening, had a smooth check-in and settled into the room attached to the garage of the Niederhauser’s home. The room was clean and had all the accommodations of a traditional hotel room, and I was satisfied with my decision to use Airbnb.

The most worrying aspect of our spring break trip wasn’t maneuvering the eight lanes of highway traffic, constantly concerned that our car’s bumper would soon join those that lined the highway. It was deciding to stay in the home of strangers. It seems a little naïve to trust a stranger on the Internet enough to share a home with them. However, millions of people have successfully used Airbnb’s services, and I am now one of them.

Obviously, anyone who is looking to book a stay or host with Airbnb should be aware and always have safety in mind. “Naturally safety, security, and damage to our home were a concern. So we researched it thoroughly beforehand,” said Kyle Niederhauser, whose wife, Rachel, considers hosting Airbnb guests a small business venture. The Niederhausers have been hosting for about one year, and they stress the importance of prior research before booking. “We utilize Airbnb’s background check process and their review system. If we feel uncomfortable or see any red flags then we have, on occasion, declined guests.”

Airbnb has employed the Verified Identification tool since 2013. Verified ID allows Airbnb account users to link their online identity to their offline identification. “Access is built on trust, and trust is built on transparency. When you remove anonymity, it brings out the best in people,” said Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. Users can submit their government-issued IDs and link their Airbnb account to other online profiles, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Both guests and hosts are able to review each other within 14 days after a stay. Reviews are not visible until both the guest and host review is complete or the 14-day period expires. The reviews are then posted on each user’s detailed profile. Communication prior to a booking is also a step that can put guests and hosts at ease about each other.

“We have had hundreds of guests and a very favorable experience overall. We are fortunate to not have any horror stories,” Kyle Niederhauser said.

The most substantial advice I can offer to someone looking to use Airbnb is to put a significant effort into research. Read the listing’s profile entirely. View the pictures. Read the reviews. View the host’s profile and reviews. Ensure that the host’s identity is verified. Research the neighborhood. Message the host before requesting a reservation; this will verify that the room is available and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Airbnb is meant to be a community experience that adds to one’s travels. Put work into picking a room and enjoy your stay.

Photo Courtesy of the AIRBNB website.

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Dr. Seuss Day at AUM

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By Haley Cotter

One known fact about children in elementary school is that they love Dr. Seuss and his spectacular books. Another is that these children look up to anyone who plays a sport that they love.

Recently at AUM, students from Halcyon Elementary School and Garrett Elementary School were invited to come hang out and enjoy fun games with student-athletes while celebrating Dr. Seuss. “The initial reason was to create excitement for reading,” AUM Cross Country runner Sharlie Brooks said. The student-athletes know the importance of reading and wanted these children to know it too.

On March 2, a number of student-athletes went to Halcyon and Garrett to read to the students in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The athletes chose a book of their liking and were assigned to a classroom to read. Many students were thrilled to see these athletes come and spend a short time of their day with them. “You kind of forget that these kids look up to you, and it’s a great feeling knowing that you made their day,” Brooks said.

Student-athletes left a ticket for each child inviting them to Dr. Seuss Day at AUM. The following Saturday, March 7, children had a fun-filled day as they watched AUM Baseball, AUM Tennis and other games. Students also took photos with Curtiss. Both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, along with Men’s Soccer and others volunteered to help with the games and give-a-ways.

Approximately 20 to 25 children showed up for this day. This was the first year of Dr. Seuss Day at AUM, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee is expecting to do many more. Next year, Brooks suggested that lunch and a bouncy house be provided with a more strategic marketing plan so that many more children will attend.

Photo Courtesy of Haley Cotter

 

 

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SROW Hard or SROW Home?

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By Brianna Goodman

Every year, dozens of college orientation leader teams from nine different states meet up for a Southern Regional Orientation Workshop. This year the event was held at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and nearly 2,000 students were in attendance. The 3-day workshop is full of school pride, networking opportunities, and the chance to see how differently the same job can be done from team to team.
As a new member of AUM’s S.W.O.T. Team (Successful Warhawks Orientation and Transitions Team) I had no idea what to expect. The first day was kicked off with Roll Call and teams performed a quick cheer that introduced them to the other schools. The real fun, however, started after dinner; every team also performed a song, dance or skit that represented who they were and what they did. The S.W.O.T. Team’s song was a mash-up of “Eye of the Tiger” and “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You,” with changed lyrics that showed a student fighting off home sickness, finding their classes and making friends along the way.
The second day was spent going to different educational classes that were taught by Orientation Leaders from the many different schools. The subjects varied from learning how to use social media effectively, to how to be activists on our campuses, and even how to “shake it off” and deal with students that may not want to be at their orientation session for whatever reason. All of these classes were designed by the leaders for the leaders, to share information on how to provide the best orientation possible.
That night, after classes and dinner were finished, the party started. There were inflatable slides, photo booths, Segway’s and a Silent Disco. Everyone came together and had a blast. New friendships were made, old friendships were strengthened and memories were made.
I knew that I had just experienced something incredible, and the next day when it came time for the closing ceremonies I was sad that it was already over. I knew I wasn’t alone as I looked around and saw my fellow teammates feeling the same way. “It was a great experience. I love being a part of the orientation team, and it was neat seeing the other college orientation teams coming together,” said Marlee Damrel, a fellow new S.W.O.T. Team member. “I learned many things on how to become a better orientation leader over the weekend. This was a fun few days spent with some amazing people.”

 

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An Independent Career Path

 

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By Jacob Horton

If you’re a follower of Auburn University at Montgomery baseball, you’re probably well aware that the sport plays a huge role in assistant coach Sam Judah’s life. What you may not know is that in addition to coaching with the AUM Warhawks, Judah continues to pursue his dream of playing baseball at the professional level.

 

Judah, a native of Ozark, Alabama, graduated from Carroll High School in 2007. He signed a scholarship out of high school to play baseball at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, where he played from 2007-2009. Judah finished his collegiate career at Auburn University at Montgomery in 2011, and he now has served here as a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons.

 

Since 2011, Judah has spent his summers playing Independent League Baseball, which is very similar to minor league baseball, except the teams are not associated with a major league franchise.

 

Although teams in the independent league do not belong to a higher-level of authority, Judah will be the first to tell you that it is a professional organization nonetheless, and the competition is still fierce.

 

“Independent League Baseball is professional baseball,” Judah said. “You’re getting paid to play. It’s the guys that for some reason didn’t’ get a chance to play in a minor league organization. It’s for the people that still want to keep playing, or just haven’t gotten that right opportunity yet.”

 

This past season, Judah played for the Normal Cornbelters in Normal, Illinois, where he helped lead the team to a 48-47 record. In 94 games played, Judah batted .307 with 13 home runs and 82 runs batted in. His 82 RBI’s were good enough for 2nd in the entire league and a new single season record for the Cornbelters. Judah is also only 80 RBI’s shy of breaking the all-time record for the Normal Cornbelters.

 

Judah hopes that he can build on that momentum from last season, and finish strong in what he is claiming to be his final season playing Independent League Baseball.

 

“This will be my last year of independent league baseball, unless I get picked up by an affiliated team,” Judah said. “This offseason I’m working on keeping that same aggressive approach at the plate that helped me have so much success last season. I just want to have fun and try to win a championship ring; and if I break a few records along the way, it’ll definitely be something that I’ll hold very close to me.”

 

According to Judah, that dream of playing professional baseball has served as the driving force behind everything he does. It’s what gets him out of bed in the morning and, ultimately, it has gotten him where he is today.

 

“Growing up, I wanted to be a professional baseball player, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted and now I’m there,” Judah said. “That’s what still drives me. I’m still living my childhood dream.”

Photo Courtesy of AUM Athletics website

 

 

Contact the writer: jhorton4@aum.edu

 

 

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AUMnibus Release Party

 

By Nikki Headley

AUM students gathered in Goodwyn Hall to celebrate the release of the new issue of the AUMnibus on March 16. Attendants were able to meet the AUMnibus staff members and receive merchandise if they “liked” the Facebook page or took a picture with the new issue. Fun filled the air as students got free drinks and pizza. Curtiss, our great AUM mascot, was there to support the staff. He kept everyone laughing.

The AUMnibus staff would like to thank all of the people who attended the party as well as the ones who gave some spare change in support of the publication.

Without the students, there wouldn’t be a school paper. Get involved with the AUMnibus!

Thank you,

AUMnibus staff

 

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AUM Celebrates International Women’s Day

By Latara Holloway

Members of the AUM community celebrated International Women’s Day by attending the “Make It Happen” luncheon and panel discussion held March 9. The panel featured four women from the River Region, each from different careers, to answer questions about their lives and talk about the challenges faced by women today. The speakers included Dr. Jevonnah “Lady J” Ellison, president and founder of Professional Women of Integrity; Marietta Koums, executive director of the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce; Sesi Ogunbym, Montgomery Pediatric Gastroenterologist; and Dr. Elizabeth D. Woodworth, associate professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at AUM.

The event opened with a welcome by host and member of the organizing committee Zaneta Wilson. A dance performance by student Katie Xu followed. Afterwards, Dr. Yolanda Tyre of Student Affairs introduced the panelists and moderated the discussion.

Over 140 students and faculty participated in the event. Questions ranged a multitude of topics, such as how panelists are able to balance having a family and career, overcome doubts and conquer struggles in the work place.

When asked what inspired her to create this event, ISA faculty advisor Sharon Phinney said she was motivated by seeing how the holiday was celebrated in other countries during her ten years abroad. Phinney was approached by Zaneta Wilson to host an International Women’s Day Event in 2013, and the first event was held last year. It featured Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley as the keynote speaker.

“The programming goal for 2015 was twofold,” Phinney said. “The first goal was to create an interactive program that would inspire our students to achieve their goals. The second goal was to carry out an associated service project; thus, we selected donating to the women and children of the River Region through the Montgomery Salvation Army.”

According to Wilson, about ten bags of clothing and personal hygiene items were taken up during donations.

“I feel empowered,” said freshman Sydney Kelsey after the event. “I feel that I have the confidence to be myself, and I don’t have to fit into different categories of what people want me to be. I felt like a lot of people would have benefitted from attending. It would have gained a different perspective and more insight on what being a woman is today.”

The event was sponsored by the International Student Association, Student Government Association and AUM International Student Involvement. Phinney plans on establishing the “Make it Happen” event as part of the annual programming.

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Can Atlanta Braves Contend in NL East?

 

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By Jacob Horton

With the 2015 MLB season fast approaching, Atlanta Braves fans all over the country are wondering if this new-look ball club can contend for a playoff spot.

 

The 2014 regular season was a complete disappointment for Braves fans, as they saw their playoff hopes slip away in September. During that month, the Braves managed to lose 16 of the 20 games they played.

 

The 2014-2015 offseason was just as lackluster as the finish to the regular season for fans. In an attempt to stockpile young talent for 2017, the year they will open up their new $622 million stadium, the Atlanta Braves shipped off key pieces of the team’s past success. Outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, along with catcher Evan Gattis and reliever Jordan Walden, were traded away for prospects that can hopefully produce in 2017.

 

It wasn’t a complete fire sale, however, as the Braves were able to pick up a few veterans this offseason that can help mentor their young talent. Players like outfielders Johnny Gomes and Nick Markakis, Catcher AJ Pierzynski, relievers Jim Johnson and Jason Grili, infielder Alberto Callaspo and starting Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez headline Atlanta’s offseason signees. They’ve all had their fair share of success at the Major League level, and they look to lead this 2015 Braves team in the right direction.

 

With all of the offseason acquisitions and departures, is it too far-fetched to think this 2015 Atlanta Braves team can compete for a playoff berth? Notice that I said berth and not National League East pennant, because the NL East is going to be loaded with talent this season.

 

The Washington Nationals, who took home the division title last season, are the favorite to win the division again. They managed to put together a record of 96-66 last year and look to do even more damage this time. The offseason acquisition of Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer has solidified their starting rotation as one of the best in the MLB. Add that to virtually the same lineup from last year, and you’ve got a team that is going to be tough to dethrone from atop the NL East.

 

There are other teams as well, such as the New York Mets and Miami Marlins, who could give the Braves fits this season. The Mets have a solid lineup and one of the better pitching rotations in the league, featuring young studs like NL Rookie of the year Jacob DeGrom, Zack Wheeler and one of the best pitchers in baseball in Matt Harvey.

 

The Miami Marlins also made a few big moves this offseason, as they acquired speedster second baseman Dee Gordon, power-hitting first baseman Michael Morse, utility man Martin Prado, future hall-of-fame outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and veteran right handed pitchers Matt Latos and Dan Haren. If the Marlins are still hanging around when ace right handed pitcher José Fernandez returns from Tommy John surgery, look for this team to be a thorn in Atlanta’s side for the remainder of the season.

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