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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…)

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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…)

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College and Post- Recession Times

By Tyreaze Foster

Within the coming weeks, thousands of students will be graduating and taking part in the turning of the tassel ceremony, from left to right.

For many this symbolizes one’s transition from student to graduate which means entrance into the stressful lifestyle of adulthood. Soon after this achievement, reality sets in, and the search for a job becomes a quest that many will consider to be the equivalent to Frodo’s journey in “Lord of the Rings.”  Also, for many Americans this means their first payment of their student loans are due–the average payment is close to $400, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report. This means there will be at least a decade of payments ahead for them. The years after college will be just as stressful as the four they spent working on the freshly-printed cardstock. (more…)

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I Get Around

By LaTara Holloway 

I bought my first car my sophomore of college after being pushed into it by my family. I’d spent the last few months begging for rides and catching the bus to school and work, and they decided that all that had to stop. I didn’t want to end up with a lease I wasn’t sure I could pay, neither did I look especially hard for the car. What I got was a faded 1993 Maroon Honda Accord whose. I didn’t really care to drive in a car that was just one year younger than me, but it did get me where I needed to go before being laid to rest a few months ago. For the last few months I’ve had to figure out how to get around Oceanside without a car. (more…)

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AFSP: Out of the Darkness

By Alexis Rabsatt

Suicide is the second leading cause of death on U.S. college campuses. The first one? Accidents, most of which, however, are believed to be suicide-related. “One in every four college students dies by suicide,” said Jennifer Bradley, Director of the AUM Counseling Center and president of the Alabama Counseling Association.

The AUM Counseling Center partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to provide the River Region’s Out of the Darkness community walk on Nov. 14. The goal of the event was to raise money and awareness to support the fight against suicide. “Fortunately, we have not had a completed suicide at AUM; however, it is a consistent issue in the Counseling Center due to depression” Bradley said. (more…)

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A Day at the Oceanside Sunset Market

 

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By LaTara Holloway

LaTara Holloway is an AUM student and long-time contributor to the AUMnibus. She is completing her degree in Communication and Theatre from Oceanside, California, where she now lives with her husband and son.

There were always a few events held throughout the year that brought people out for an enjoyable night in Montgomery, such as the Southern Makers Market, The Holiday Market and the Alabama National Fair among others. Although fun to attend, they were always spaced too far apart.

Here in Oceanside there’s a weekly event that the locals love to go to called the Sunset Market. (more…)

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Honoring the Dead in Oceanside

 

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By LaTara Holloway

Sunday afternoon my friends and I trudged through the crowd at the annual Dia de los Muertos event held at Old Mission San Luis Rey De Francia Church.

The event has been going on since 10 a.m., but people are steadily filing into the area well into the afternoon when we arrive. I’ve always heard about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, from TV shows and in cultural lessons in Spanish class, but this is my first time actually attending the celebration. (more…)

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In October We Wear Pink And Purple

 

By Jameice Turk

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to honor those who are fighting, have survived or have lost their lives to breast cancer. One of the main reasons National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated is to help raise money for research in finding a cure for this disease and encourage women to get regular checkups for early detection of breast cancer. October is the month where we all grab our pink garments from our closets and wear them to raise awareness about this disease. We wear the color pink because it is feminine, the universal color of love, and is associated with giving and receiving care. (more…)

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Democrats Face Off in First Debate

By Tiffany Pattillo

The five Democratic presidential candidates had considerably more elbow room than Republicans as they took the stage at the Wynn Resort hotel and casino in Las Vegas for their first primary debate Oct. 13.

The debate was hosted by CNN and Facebook and moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Cooper proved to be well-equipped to ask tough questions and demand direct answers when the first question of the night addressed accusations of political expediency to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Cooper asked her outright, “Will you say anything to get elected?” Clinton denied that she adjusts her views to suit her audience and said, “I’m a progressive. But I’m a progressive who likes to get things done.” (more…)