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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)

Hoops Madness


By Alexis Rabsatt


Come out and tip off the 2015-2016 basketball season as the Department of Athletics and the AUM Student Government Association hosts the first inaugural Hoops Madness.

This event will include AUM’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball team player introductions, basketball challenges, promotional games and the unveiling of the new student section.

“The student section will be more official this season and will truly be the voice of the students,” said Jake Wyatt with Athletic Administration.

Sports entertainment is not the only treat at the event. The first 250 students to arrive will receive a free t-shirt; several other prizes will be up for grabs throughout the evening. SGA has also provided the grand prize, a $400 Best Buy gift card.

Hoops Madness will take place on Oct. 14 in the AUM Gymnasium from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about this event, contact Tim Lutz at tlutz1@aum.edu or 334-244-3832.


Limited Resources Do Not Necessarily Limit Your College Success


By Jameice Turk


As an undergraduate in my last semester at AUM, I have found my journey to be a bit challenging. Coming from a high school where there were few teachers and limited technology, it made it harder for me to grasp information. I grew up in a small town just outside of Montgomery called Wilcox County where the area was and still is a very rural one.

In high school, I didn’t realize how much this could affect me until I got to college. Being in the classrooms with students who were raising their hands and answering questions, having group discussions and conversing with the teacher about things I knew very little about, made me realize just how limited my education had been. I noticed that the subjects we were discussing were things I should have learned about, if not in high school, in junior high. This is when I noticed I was at a disadvantage with my education and began to ponder ways to overcome this obstacle.

Since we as humans can’t go back and change certain things, such as who we are or what type of background we come from, it is important to recognize our circumstances and make sure we know exactly where it is we are going in life. When I discovered this, I realized that my circumstances did not define me. I began to stop looking at the past and the things I didn’t have, and I started focus more on the things I have access to now, such as computer labs, study halls and free tutoring.



Going Greek, is it for you?

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By Courtney Singleton

AUM is home to three Panhellenic sororities: Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Zeta and Zeta Tau Alpha. Every fall, AUM has its annual recruitment hoping to find girls interested in joining a sorority and learning more about each Greek organization.


On Sept. 11-13, AUM had its yearly Panhellenic recruitment. Seventy potential new members signed for recruitment, with 39 new girls accepting bids from their new Greek home on campus.


“Students who join Greek organizations to build a network, make friends and develop leadership and social skills will likely graduate with useful qualities that could take them far,” writes Nicole Glass in USA Today.


Each sisterhood has different philanthropies to which they donate a certain amount of money each year. Alpha Gama Delta awards grants to individuals and organizations to help with research and education about diabetes. Alpha Gamma Delta also spends time with the children from Brantwood Children’s Home to help lift their spirits—most kids have parents who have been incarcerated. Delta Zeta’s philanthropy is the Starkey Hearing Clinic where the girls help raise and donate money to raise an undertsnading about the foundation. Delta Zeta ladies also give time to the Speech and Hearing Clinic located on campus. Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy is the breast cancer education and awareness. This sorority partners up with the NFL and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help promote recognition and funds to breast cancer research and find a cure one day.


“Going Greek, I was able to go out of my ‘shell’ my freshman year and meet new people and learn new things about myself,”says Melanie Adams, Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae Relations Chair. ” (…) I meet people almost daily in different organizations and we have something to talk about because a lot of people are Greek. If you’re thinking about going through recruitment but aren’t sure, do it! GO GREEK!“

All three sororities have formal recruitment every year and you can find out more information by going to http://aum.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/departments/student-involvement-leadership/greek-life .


Photo courtesy of the AUM website

President Donald Trump?


By Tiffany Pattillo

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper moderated the second GOP debate Sept. 16 as the top eleven Republican contenders took the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Election Day isn’t until November 2016, but candidates are already on the campaign trail. The Republican ballot boasts a hefty 15 competitors, each looking to make an impression on voters to rise in the polls.

Businessman Donald Trump is leading polls at this point, a fact he belabors given the opportunity. Trump champions himself as a candidate with no interest in political correctness, painting a portrait that is both refreshing and desirable to voters. He also has no interest in pandering to the public for campaign donations, clarifying he’s spending his own money and refusing donation offers. Trump suggests he has no use for political misdirection and tactics. During the debate, Trump attempted to separate himself from the image of a bought-and-paid-for politician and said, “Nobody has control of me, other than the people of this country.”

Trump may be the unconventional frontrunner, but it’s undeniable that 14 Republican candidates are trailing him in the polls. His opponents didn’t hesitate to take shots at Trump for his unfiltered remarks and lack of political experience, questioning if those qualities would benefit him as president. The first question of the night, posed to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, referenced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s suggestion that Trump would be a dangerous president and Fiorina’s similar accusations regarding Trump’s temperament. Fiorina quickly dismissed Trump as a “wonderful entertainer” in her response to Tapper. Trump was given a chance to respond and unexpectedly insulted Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for his presence at this debate before claiming his own temperament is “very good, very calm.” Paul was quick to utilize the remarks about him as an accusation that Trump is “sophomoric,” criticizing Trump’s “visceral response to attack people on their appearance.” Trump took another swing at Paul: “I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was next to remark that being a successful president of the United States was a difficult job that requires a certain composure and ability to refrain from insulting leaders around the world. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker interrupted conversation in an attempt to guide it toward the issues. Walker then said of Trump, “We don’t need ‘an apprentice’ in the White House.” And thus went the tedious opening scene of the debate, but it was not the night’s only attack on Trump.

His honesty may be refreshing, but it’s also crude, brash, offensive, unwarranted and misinformed. Can we get a fact-check please? His non-medical opinion on a correlation between vaccines and autism was evidence enough that Trump is out of his depth. He may be skilled in making business deals, but he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to stop insulting large groups within the voter base, especially immigrants and women.

In an article published by Rolling Stone on Sept. 9, Trump reportedly said of 61-year-old Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Trump later backpedaled saying he was commenting on her persona not on her looks. Given the chance to comment on Trump’s persona during the debate, Fiorina simply said, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Trump really missed the mark when afterward he said, “I think she’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”

Trump’s behavior does little to make him likeable. As he introduced himself during the debate, he touted the billions of dollars he’s made in his career, prefaced that it shouldn’t be taken as a “braggadocios” claim.  In the closing segment of the three-hour debate, Tapper asked the candidates what they’d like their Secret Service code name to be as president. Donald Trump’s response: “Humble.” Trump offered no further explanation, stating only the word defined by Merriam-Webster as, “not proud: not thinking of yourself as better than other people.” The laughter and applause that followed guaranteed the audience saw the irony in that declaration.

Trump has no shortage of confidence and smack talk. What he lacks is specificity on plans and policy that he would introduce as president. Despite his popularity, Trump didn’t appear particularly knowledgeable or specific in Wednesday’s debate. How long can he last in this campaign without providing more solutions and less of his bravado? Trump is not a rule follower, and he’s bolstering that character to shake up this race. Does that make him a political game changer? I think not.


Photo courtesy of Mark J. Terrill, Tampa Tribune