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

Theatre AUM 40th Anniversary Gala



By Alexis Rabsatt

Theatre AUM is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a production that include scenes, songs and monologues from shows that have been performed at Theatre AUM over the last 40 years. With a production like this underway, a moment of reflection is inevitable. “We are trying to incorporate as many shows as we can,” said Val Winkleman, who is Interim Head of the Department of Communication and Theatre. “Some will be omitted but we are paying homage – a kind of quilt – to the 196 shows that have been performed.”

This 40th Anniversary show will be performed by a total of 32 actors and technicians who are alumni, faculty or current students. “I am excited about alumni coming back and working with current students,” Winkleman said.

Winkleman feels that the greatest challenge is recruiting and retaining students for the program while still maintaining shows and productions. “I can’t think of one greatest accomplishment. We are most proud of students making it through the day, the semester, the year and graduating,” Winkleman said.

“The number one goal for the future of Theatre AUM is to become its own department,” she said. Although there is no definite timeline for this goal, it seems to be a priority to Winkleman.


Shows will continue until Sept. 27. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission for students, faculty and staff is free. Senior citizens and military tickets are $5. Admission for the general public is $10.

The Gala celebration is on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a reception. Tickets for the Celebration are $40. All earnings from ticket sales will go towards scholarships.

The Other Side’s Perspective


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By Robert Lemons

Pakistani Journalist Rahat Hussain recently visited AUM while working on a project with The Montgomery Advertiser. He spoke to a group of roughly 30 faculty and staff about different aspects of Pakistan including its culture. Hussain is employed with MAG:The Weekly, a fashion magazine based out of Pakistan. He got his start writing after graduating from pharmacy school and realizing that journalists are more highly paid than pharmacists in Pakistan. This is due to the country lacking medical industry. It was interesting to hear how someone from that side of the world feels about all of the turmoil in the Middle East.Lemon 4

This was his first time in the United States, and it was as if Hussain felt obligated to clear the air with those in attendance that Pakistan is not the evil country that many Americans believe it is. He engaged in conversation and was open to questioning. He said “Pakistan has been the United States’ biggest ally since Sept. 11, 2001.” Pakistan borders both Afghanistan and Iraq, two of the United States biggest enemies in the War on Terror. He wanted people to understand that just because Pakistan was in the same region, the people there didn’t feel the same way about the United States as its bordering countries. He discussed the terrain, and how it isn’t all desert. Instead, it’s a beautiful country with pristine architecture and landscape. Hussain also spoke about the multiple famous musicians, athletes, and artists native to Pakistan.Lemons pics1

Hussain spent a little time talking about religion, and how writing for a fashion magazine can be risky in Pakistan. “I have been threatened,” Hussain said. “There was a picture we used for the cover several years back that had an image of a women showing too much skin. People called me and told me I had to take it down.” Hussain made it clear that writing is his passion even if there are risks involved. “There have been people killed over things they have said in their writings, but some things must be said.” His passion for his job is truly remarkable, and something we could all learn from.

Photo courtesy of Erin Mills

New Parking Permits Required for AUM Students

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By Courtney Singleton 

In nearly 50 years of AUM’s existence, commuter students have had free on-campus parking. That has recently changed. Starting this fall, students are paying $30 annually for a parking permit that allows them access to park on campus anytime. While faculty and staff have always paid for parking, their rates went up drastically from only $25 to $75 a year.

There has been talk of paying for parking at AUM for the last few years, but students did not find out about the fee until closer to the beginning of the semester. Starting Sept. 28, all cars not registered with the new parking decal will receive a ticket. Paid parking permits were brought up to the SGA last fall in hopes of adding more security on campus and helping AUM police identify cars that do not belong on the premises. The school is also looking at building a parking deck in the near future.

Emily Perkins, a commuter student, feels the parking permits are a great idea. However, since there is not much room for students to park already, campus police w   ill need to be more lenient when it comes to writing tickets. “I found out in late July through email about paying for parking and if the announcements would have been handled in a more effective manner, more people would have had the parking decals sooner than the first day and it would not be like a slap in the face with more fees,” Perkins said.Perkins will be graduating in May 2016, so she will not be able to reap the benefits of a new parking deck but agrees that it was time for the school to have more security with cars coming onto AUM’s campus.

Tristen Hewitthas lived on campus for three years and has never had to pay an additional fee for parking except for the residence hall parking. Now, if she decides to drive closer to the buildings, she would need to pay an extra $30 for the parking and have two decals on her car. One is for parking at her residence hall and the other is for parking on campus.

Attempts to receive a few answers from campus police for this article have found no response.  If you have not already registered your car, you can do so online by going to

Photo Courtesy of AUM’s Facebook

New Student Convocation


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By Alexis Rabsatt

What better way to bring the first week of Fall 2015 to a close than with the inaugural New Student Convocation? On Aug. 21, 2015, over 300 freshmen were welcomed into the Warhawk family by AUM’s faculty, staff, students and Curtiss the Warhawk.

The New Student Convocation began with a meet-up in the lobby of Goodwyn Hall. This gave the new students a chance to prepare for the procession to the AUM Athletics Complex where the official ceremony took place. Upon exiting Goodwyn Hall and entering the AUM Athletics Complex, freshmen were cheered on by members of the Warhawk W.O.W. crew, professors and AUM Alumni.

The Chancellor, professors and students let freshman know how important it is to make a real effort in getting involved on campus through different organizations, clubs and events. “The goal was to kick off the year helping students to get connected from the beginning and to help them understand that they are a part of a family now,” said Associate Provost Lisa Kerr.

Faculty, staff, athletic coaches and organizations encouraged students to participate in the convocation. Some students were even rewarded with incentives like credit toward the UNIV 1000 course, a course that most freshmen need to take.

Professors wore their regalia for the first time this year.  This meant to provide new students with the idea that professors will always be there to support them. “Even in the formality of professor to student, we are the Warhawk Nation together,” Kerr said. “We are here to support and challenge you as you grow and move towards that career.”

The new students also participated in a team building session called Playfair, which encouraged them to meet new people while having fun.

The New Student Convocation was an encouraging way to welcome students into the Warhawk Family. The students left the ceremony knowing they should get involved and there is always help if needed.

Photo courtesy of Alexis Rabsatt

Jess Meuse Coming to AUM

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American Idol Season 13 finalist and AUM alumna Jess Meuse will help kick off the 2015-2016 school year with a free concert and meet-and-greet.

The concert will be held Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the AUM Athletics Complex. Afterward, students can meet Meuse for pictures and autographs from 8:10-8:45 p.m. in the Taylor Center room 230. Registration for the concert is required. Tickets can be acquired at

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The concert is free, but donations such as cash, checks, pet food and other items will be accepted at the door for the Montgomery Humane Society. In addition, free t-shirts will be given away by the AUM softball and tennis players (while supplies last).

Meuse auditioned for American Idol Season 13 while she was a student in the AUM College of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, she excelled to the top five, coming out as No. 4 in the competition. Meuse continues to tour and write music today and her latest single “Done” debuted in April 2015.


AUM Baseball and Softball Make Huge Splashes Under First-year Head Coaches


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Two teams, two ideally similar situations and two fantastic seasons under their belt.


For the AUM baseball and softball teams, 2015 marked the beginning of a new era. For the first time in either program’s history, they began their 2015 campaign without the head coaches that helped start up their respected sport.



The softball team parted ways with head coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson in the fall of 2014, after six successful seasons. Steiner-Wilcoxson got the program off of the ground and running during her short tenure at AUM, posting a record of 189-85-2 in the team’s first six years of existence.


Her biggest accomplishment undoubtedly was leading the team to its first ever NAIA National Championship in 2014. That team boasted a record of 44-7, while going a perfect 16-0 at home and 25-1 in Southern States Athletic Conference play.


Fast forward to 2015, and you find the Lady Warhawks in a very similar place. Only this time, leading them to their second consecutive national championship is first-year head coach Eric Newell.


Newell, who posted a stellar 254-121 record at William Baptist College prior to AUM, led his 2015 Lady Warhawks team to a nearly identical season record as the year before. They finished with an overall record of 46-9, a home record of 18-1 and a Southern States Athletic Conference play record of 24-2.  Even more identical to last season was that Newell was also able to help lead this team to a second consecutive national championship in only its seventh year of existence.


The baseball team was also given the task of having to replace the only coach the program has ever known this past season. Long-time head coach Q.V. Lowe retired following the 2014 season, leaving behind him a legacy like no other. The NAIA Hall of Fame coach amassed over 1,100 wins during his 28 year stint at AUM, while leading the team to three NAIA World Series appearances.


The AUM Athletic Department didn’t have to look very far for a replacement, however. They hired Marty Lovrich, who served as an assistant under Coach Lowe for 22 years.


Prior to being named AUM’s head baseball coach, Lovrich was the head coach at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia for two seasons. In his two seasons with the Hornets, Lovrich compiled an 85-37 mark, including a 37-22 record in Southern States Athletic Conference play. Lovrich led the 2014 Hornets to a SSAC tournament championship and made an appearance in the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.


Lovrich’s first season as the head coach for the Warhawks saw lots of success. He led his team to an overall record of 40-18, including a SSAC record of 25-5, which earned them the title of regular season conference champs and earned Lovrich the SSAC Coach of the Year Award.


In addition to winning the regular season conference championship, Lovrich led this team to a SSAC Conference Tournament Championship, which ultimately landed them a spot in the NAIA national tournament.


All of this immediate success from both first-year head coaches may have come as a surprise to some, but AUM Sports Information Director Tim Lutz knew that a successful season from both teams was a realistic possibility prior to the season’s start.


“Both of our teams had lofty expectations coming into the season,” Lutz said in a recent interview. “We knew that we had a lot of pieces coming back with softball, we also knew that we had a new head coach in Marty [Lovrich] who had a taste of what it’s like to get to the World Series in Idaho last season at Southern Poly. We knew that both of those programs, even though they experienced a head coaching change, were focused and dedicated to succeeding this season.”


Lutz went on to praise both coaches for making the transition from one head coach to another so easy on the players.


“There’s an adjustment period from a personnel standpoint, and there’s an adjustment period from a head coaching standpoint,” Lutz said. “I think that both of these programs had a relativity seamless transition with the changes in personalities and the changes in philosophies at the head of their programs. Ultimately, you can say that, at the end of the day, that’s what led to both of these teams being so successful this season.”


The accomplishments that both of these teams achieved this past season were nothing short of exceptional. The fact that they could string together so many victories with head coaches who were still getting acclimated to coaching at AUM makes it even more impressive.


As for future ramifications, you’ve got to believe that after a few seasons and recruiting classes under their belts, both coaches should have no trouble being able to put together one successful season after another. Only time will tell, but as for now the future looks very bright for the AUM baseball and softball programs.



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Club Spotlight: Study Abroad

Some of the members of the Study Abroad Club.
Some of the members of the Study Abroad Club.

By Latara Holloway

Traveling to another county is usually one of the top goals on many people’s bucket lists. However, the high cost of airfare is a major obstacle, especially for college students who still struggle to balance classes and jobs while aiming towards a degree. Now there is a new student organization on campus that aims to help cut down the costs for student explorers. It is called the Study Abroad Club.

The club was started in fall of 2014 after a student’s suggestion to make a club to help raise funds towards study abroad trips. Since then, the group has been working to raise awareness about the study abroad programs offered at AUM as well as hosting events to help make trips more affordable for students.

Current president Hannah Merren was able to answer a few questions about the club.


LaTara Holloway:  What is Study Abroad Club?


Hannah Merren: The Study Abroad Club is an organization designed to bring together students with similar study abroad interests to share experiences, raise money for scholarships and encourage others to study abroad. This club offers opportunities for learning more about other cultures and chances to study abroad at AUM.


Holloway:  What is the club’s goal?

Merren: The goal of the Study Abroad Club is to bring together students with interests in study abroad to raise money for study abroad scholarships, participate in multicultural education and encourage study abroad across campus. We are reaching this goal by holding events like the Cultural Food Fair, Indian Holi Festival celebration and the Study Abroad Fair.


Holloway:   Why did you join?

Merren: I joined this club because I love to learn about other cultures and experience them first hand through studying abroad.


Holloway:   This is a new club. What setbacks have you experienced since starting?

Merren: During the first year of this club we have mainly had trouble with leadership. It is hard for many students to find the time to commit to the start up of a club.


Holloway:  What have you learned so far?


Merren: I have learned that it takes teamwork, organization and planning to smoothly operate a club. I also have learned that a strong leader goes a long way to help a new club get on its feet.


Holloway:   What are your goals for next year?


Merren: Next year we hope to host more events and provide more students scholarships for study abroad.

Holloway:   Why should people join study abroad club?


Merren: You should join the Study Abroad Club because it is more important than ever to have an understanding of other cultures and the very best way to do that is to visit other countries. The Study Abroad Club can help you to do just that, and you can make some great friends with the same interests along the way.  This club is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is interested in other cultures. If you think you cannot afford to study abroad, or you do not want to go to another country for a whole semester, we offer scholarships for up to $1,500 and tons of programs for under two weeks!


Students interested in learning more about the Study Abroad Club, or any study abroad programs offered at AUM, can get more information by emailing and keeping up with the club on Facebook at

Photo courtesy of AUM website.

Golden Kiwi Finds Alabama Home


By Tiffany Pattillo

Alabama recently became home to a new variety of yellow flesh kiwi fruit known as golden sunshine kiwi.

A plant variety right is designated to the golden sunshine cultivar kiwi fruit developed by researchers at Auburn University, said Clint Wall, Vice President of Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative. An exclusive sale of that right to Gold Kiwi Group, LLC., makes the Tuskegee nursery the sole propagator of that licensed cultivar plant material, Wall said. Auburn will receive small royalty payments for the sale of the fruit because of the investment of their time, and could potentially generate a 1

“The first gold kiwi I had, as soon as I tasted it, I knew it was something that would be a hit,” Wayne Bassett, owner of Beck’s Turf and The Wildlife Group in Macon County, said in a news release.

The plants will begin to produce the kiwi fruit within three years; whereupon, the fruit will be harvested and moved into established markets in some parts of Europe and Asia, including Japan, China, Korea and Italy, Wall said. Wall also said that developing a domestic interest in the product was desired, but moving the kiwi into established markets where consumers are familiar with it is easier.

The Gold Kiwi nursery functions solely to raise plants to 18 months old, when they are transferred to the orchard environment, Wall said. Orchard site preparations include the installation of irrigation systems used for watering and frost protection and the construction of the pergola structure that supports the vines.kiwi2

The daily operations at the orchard include planting new vines, replanting sick or dying vines, applying both granular and liquid fertilizers, pruning plants to the desired shape and training vines, Wall said. “These vines kind of have a mind of their own, so we use lots of hands-on labor […] to manipulate these plants to grow in the direction we want; otherwise, it would just become a tangled mess,” Wall said.

A Battle Against the Brain

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By Nicky Disbrow

How many calories have you eaten today? Have you exercised yet? Did you burn enough calories? Have you gone over your net calories for the day?


Imagine all of these questions, and many more, continuously crossing your mind and controlling your every thought on a daily basis. This is what it is like to have an eating disorder. Only in reality it is much worse.


Eating disorders are “serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Although this appears to be a thorough definition, there is far more to these disorders that cause them to be potentially life threatening and extremely dangerous.


“Many people are worried about their body image and have somewhat disordered eating patterns,” says Rachel Laughlin, a licensed dietician who specializes in eating disorder patients. “However, it’s when these behaviors and habits begin to affect the person’s ability to function in a normal situation or society when it becomes classified as an eating disorder.”


Laughlin adds that eating disorders develop into an obsession that revolves around a feeling. “A lot of it is about a feeling,” Laughlin says. “People begin to feel comfortable in their eating disorder.” The obsessive nature of eating disorders and safeness felt from them can cause treatment and recovery to be very difficult. Thankfully, treatment leading to recovery from an eating disorder is possible. I am living proof of this.


My eating disorder started in 2011, the summer after my freshman year of college. I was in denial that anything was wrong with me until I was officially diagnosed in 2012 with EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified).


Because of my extreme restriction of caloric intake and my rigorous exercising, I had lost an unhealthy amount of weight and burned such a high amount fat that my body began to eat away at my muscles, including my heart. I was told that I was at risk of having a heart attack at any moment, and my brain matter was beginning to erode.


People continuously tortured me with the question, “Why don’t you eat more and exercise less?” Well, it’s not that simple. Living with an eating disorder is like living with a powerful person inside your head trying to hijack your every thought and action. Eating disorders are psychological disorders that not only affect you physically, but also mentally.


Every day, I was in a constant battle against myself. My brain would go into hyper drive with negative, obsessive thoughts that I could never turn off. I would be unable to sit down and watch TV for five minutes without being berated by my own mind obsessing over what I ate, what I was going to eat, how much I had exercised, if I burned enough calories, etc. Along with this, I began spiraling further downward and developed severe depression and anxiety.


I could no longer function. I felt hopeless, faithless, lost, scared, ashamed, empty, broken and alone.


But I was not alone, and I fought back. I refused to let my disorder define me and consume my life. I began treatment and had an incredible support system around me that helped me on my road to recovery. My parents played a vital role in my recovery process during treatment. They supported me and loved me, while also holding me accountable and making sure I was taking the correct steps in order to recover. I went through a year and a half of treatment, and since completion in 2013, I am now considered “a recovered eating disorder patient.”


To think I was literally killing myself because of this disorder still amazes me and makes me realize how thankful I am to have gotten this far in recovery. This leaves me with a message to those out there who are struggling: You are not alone, and you are stronger than you let your mind make you believe. Never give up and never lose hope. Recovery is possible.

Photo courtesy of Callie Rebecca Photography