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Sophomore Dylan Atnip diligently strums a guitar in the lobby of a residence hall. He received the instrument as a gift for Christmas and was excited to bring it to campus and play a few notes. He has already made up a tune, but the lyrics have yet to come to him ... but he is not a singer o…

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It is hard for me to believe that the 2010s have come to an end. This last decade was a monumental one. 

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There’s a long, two-hundred-and-eight-mile road that separates the University of North Alabama from Montgomery. Here, asphalt and concrete carve the ground, creating a path through the center of an old state filled with turmoil and triumph. In the northwest corner, far away from the seat of …

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Shoals Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) association provided three siblings the gift of a permanent home this holiday season after a three-year battle in the court system. Members of CASA volunteer their time to advocate on behalf of the children’s best interests.

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Whether a child attends a public or private school, they all have one thing in common, a dress code. Dress codes are rules that every student must follow if they do not want to get into trouble by teachers or administrative personnel. Different schools have different forms of discipline for …

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When students push open the glass doors of the Guillot University Center, they may have already noticed the makeover the facility received this past fall. However, that was only the beginning of the “face lift” the center will be getting.In addition to the new furniture and paint on the grou…

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The University of North Alabama has had the highest enrollment of international students this fall than they have had in many years.The International Affairs Office reported that 168 new international students arrived on campus this past semester, which increased the total of international s…

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Strolling up and down North Royal Avenue during tailgate, Daniel Green plays cornhole under the blue sky. At 6’5”, he stands high above the wide eyed little boys watching him. He is their hero, and I’m reminded of the clique that “not all heroes wear capes”- some choose worn working boots, p…

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New enrollment numbers broke records at the University of North Alabama this fall. The university now serves 8,046 students as opposed to the 7,650 students enrolled during fall 2018. Across the nation, overall college enrollment has declined for the past eight years. “We are very pleased to…

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Last week UNA students got a little taste of France and French culture from National French Week, sponsored by the UNA French club. The celebration ranged from good eats to a lively tournament and picnic just between Wesleyan Hall and the Annex.

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Financial and Business students at the University of North Alabama enjoyed getting to hear a speech from Walt Ehmer, the chief executive officer and president of the restaurant chain Waffle House. On Oct. 30, 2019 Ehmer presented to a lecture hall full of eager listeners at the Raburn Wing o…

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The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council awarded UNA professor of history Ansley Quiros with the Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of Archives. Her first book, “God with Us: Lived Theology and the Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942-1976,” investigates the li…

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Eleven seniors and alumni submitted Fulbright applications to go to other countries and help teach English. They applied to eight different countries and come from a range of majors and programs.

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Two would-be friends met on a rooftop in Nazareth and the rest of the world had no idea. Yes, there was ice cream involved. No, language barriers did not stop them nor were they present. The two were Fadi Abu Khadra and Salvador Blanco, current students at the University of North Alabama.

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For 33 years, The Alabama Renaissance Faire has been a treasure to many people in the city of Florence. It is a time of authentic music, arts and crafts and medieval food. Not only this, it is a time for people to put on flamboyant costumes and put on a different persona, even the adults.  

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Imagine this: you and your best friend have known each other ever since you were kids. They were that puzzle piece you did not know you were missing, somehow they just fit perfectly into your life.  

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Students noticed the high temperatures this summer, but going into fall it has still been hot. Even with the cooler mornings and evenings, the middle of the day has felt unseasonably warm. September was the hottest on the climate record, and through the years autumn has only been getting warmer. 

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Aliyah “LeLe” McCary grew up surrounded by black historical figures - Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks.

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On Oct. 23 and 24, 2019 the University of North Alabama Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity (ODIE) presented The Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive experience that provides its participants  with a glimpse into the lives of those who experience various forms of discrimination. “Th…

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Who was Alissa Turney? Alissa Turney was a seventeen year old girl who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She had not had the easiest life. Her biological father had not been in the picture since she was a toddler, and after her mother died of cancer, she was left with her adoptive stepfather, Micha…

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Andrea Belk recently stumbled across her first camera, a disposable model given to her by her mother when she was 8-years-old. Belk fears what she is going to find on it once the film gets developed.

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University of North Alabama Professor Jeffery Bibbee was recently promoted to Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The move follows the retirement of the previous College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Carmen Burkhalter, and the promotion of Associate Dean Sara Lynn Baird …

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UNA Lagrange Society Ambassador Mark Perkins had no idea that he was going to be nominated for—and win—2019 UNA homecoming king.

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For anyone who lived in Olive Hall or the surrounding resident halls, the preferred path to the residents halls was a dirt path that ran alongside The Wesley Foundation. For weeks students took this path over the ramp or the stairs adjacent to the Student Recreation Center.

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The Alabama Nu chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon started expansion at the end of August. The fraternity, originally founded at the University of Alabama in 1856, was chartered at UNA in 1989, but became dormant a few years ago after the majority of its members graduated.

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At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, UNA students, staff and faculty were told to evacuate both Bibb Graves Hall and the Collier Library after UNA maintenance staff, the UNA Police Department and the Florence Fire Department responded to a gas leak outside of Bibb Graves Hall.

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Rivers Hall, the eight story building located on Pine Street, competes with newer halls Mattielou and Olive to satisfy residents. The decades older building houses 429 beds for freshmen and upperclassmen.

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The University Programming Council and homecoming committee developed a week full of homecoming festivities to increase school spirit and university pride.

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Five weeks have passed since the sprinkler system was triggered in Olive Hall, the freshman dorm here at UNA. After residents returned to their normal rooms from temporary housing, it seemed as if the nightmare was finally over.

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A leader, an overcomer, an influencer and a defensive talent, K.J. Smith checks off all of these boxes. Smith, a senior defensive back from Perry, Ga., is making up for lost playing time by turning himself into a force on the field for the Lions football team – something that seemed improbab…

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On Sept. 13 and 14, the 18th annual Oka Kapassa was held at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Oka Kapassa Return to Coldwater is a festival that honors the indigenous people who once inhabited Northern Alabama. The festival is two days filled with culture in all forms. Sept. 13 was dedicate…

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On Friday, Sept. 20 from 7:30-9:30 the Library will debut their exhibit “Ghosts Over the Boiler Room: Voices from Alabama’s Death Row” on the ground floor of Collier Library. The exhibit will be on display through Oct 31. This exhibit, along with the UNA One Book Discussion Series, connects …

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Hannah Campbell is a member of the University of North Alabama’s class of 2020. She is majoring in Mass Communications/Journalism and Digital Media Production. Campbell came to UNA in the fall of 2018 after receiving her associates degree from Calhoun Community College.

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A fire broke out in Olive Hall during the evening of Aug. 23, sending 5 stories of students out of the building and into the rain. Residents moved in the prior Saturday and had not yet learned the fire protocol for their dorm building.

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The fifth floor at Olive Hall became filled with puddles of water after the sprinkler system went off. Many freshman had to relocate for a few days after the flooding.

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The Eleventh Billy Reid Shindig kicked off on the afternoon of August 23. Its venue, Wilson Park, was packed with citizens ready to experience the sounds, smells and tastes of the night. For something this big to be held in what one would consider a “small town”, it is widely perceived and a…

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The University of North Alabama’s University Stadium Workgroup (USW) formulated a final report for the potential new stadium July 29. The report was based on questions provided by UNA President Kenneth Kitts.  

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Clark West and Elliott Mitchell established the scholarship in honor of Patti Sue Mathis, a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community who took her life in 1995 due to lack of acceptance.

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The University of North Alabama’s portal System, which allows students to register for classes, pay tuition, check grades, and more was upgraded over the summer in an effort to provide a better user experience. 

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The University of North Alabama’s Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion is set to open this fall, providing students with support inside the classroom and outside the classroom.

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On July 31, The Flor-Ala staff was nominated for the University of Georgia’s 2019 Betty Gage Holland Award and won for its Freedom of Information (FOI) access and reporting.

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The University of North Alabama received recommendations from Alabama Continuation of Higher Education and Governor Kay Ivey’s budget for an increase in funding.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation of potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election March 22. The report will be made public but with redactions.

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The University of North Alabama formed partnerships with the Alabama Community College System and North Mississippi Health Services to aid nursing students.