Battle of the Bands

Photo courtesy of Walt Russell.

By Kalen Huggins

Photo courtesy of Walt Russell

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…)

Trump Wins New York Primary Election


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…)

STDs: The Invisible Killer

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…)

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…)

Get Your Family Involved with AUM Family Connection



By Matthew Robinson 

For many students here at AUM, family is perhaps the most important part of their lives. In some cases, students have had to move far away from their families and may feel disconnected. If you fall into the category, the AUM Family Connection is here to save the day.

Operating in the Office of Orientation and Transitions, the Family Connection seeks to keep families connected and inform family members of what is happening on campus. The main message of Family Connection to AUM families is that they play a vital role in their student’s college career. (more…)

Being Privileged: Is it a Terrible Thing?

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By Chiomma Hall

With all that occurs in a student’s life, it is understandable that some components of campus life may be missed. Once a month, in the Landing at the Nest, students and faculty meet and openly and safely discuss topics affecting them today. With signs placed all across campus, the blunt, yet caring, nature of Hot Topics Café always keeps me coming back for more. On Feb. 10, students and faculty joined together to “check [their] privilege.” (more…)

The Arcade, so far

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By Nick Manoliu

The AUM Computer Science Club has officially received $1,000 in funding from SGA to construct and install the retro arcade station in Warhawk Alley. Construction is expected to begin next week. The arcade is expected to be operational by August.

The announcement for funding was delayed, for a number of weeks, but initial funds have been granted, and the project is in motion. Currently, the Computer Science Club is getting materials gathered and assigning duties for the construction of the arcade system. (more…)

Experiencing Ben Carson’s Visit to AUM


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By Nikki Headley

After waiting in line for thirty minutes to see Dr. Ben Carson speak, I started to wonder if it had been worth leaving class. I volunteered to cover the event because hearing a presidential candidate speak in person was a new experience for me. I have only ever seen these candidates debate on television. According to, almost 300 students were lined up from the Taylor Center to Goodwyn Hall. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only person who was (more…)

Supporting Bernie Sanders in Montgomery, Alabama

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By Turner Griffin 

In this season of polarized Presidential elections the citizens of Alabama cast their ballots on March 1, 2016 on what is called “Super Tuesday.”  All polls indicated that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton would take the Democratic side in Alabama, and so it was.  Clinton won the Democratic side with 78% of the votes, while Trump clenched the Republican victory with 43%. I was certain that I could find plenty of voting citizens (more…)