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ROPOLITAN Troy University’s Official Student Newspaper
The International Student Cultural Organization celebrated Mardi Gras Thursday, Feb. 8. / (Rojan Maharjan photo)
Vol. 91, Issue 20
February 15, 2018
Goldfingers to open next week Tori Bedsole News Editor Goldfingers is anticipating to open its doors to the public next week, according to CEO and Founder Bill Dorminy. The family-centered restaurant is planning a soft opening on Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Dorminy, the inspiration to bring a location to Troy came with the announcement of Publix coming to Troy in 2015. “We were driving through Troy and saw it in the paper,” Dorminy said. “We called the developer that day and started the process.” With free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets at every table, he said he hopes the store
will be appealing to students. “A large number of our customers in Dothan have come to Troy for college,” Dorminy said. “The students have been begging us to come here, and there is definitely a demand.” Dorminy said the location will employ around 30 people, including T.J. and Bailey Winters, who will operate the store. “T.J. grew up in Troy, and Bailey graduated from Troy in 2013,” he said. “They know the city and the market. “They are part of the community, which will make them very valuable here.” According to Dorminy, the new
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Goldfingers is preparing to open its doors to the public on Tuesday or See Goldfingers, page 2 Wednesday.
Sodexo worker hit by vehicle on crosswalk Abby Taylor Online Content Editor
Baskin-Robbins welcomes customers to new location
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Baskin-Robbins opened its Troy location Tuesday. The ice cream parlor is located at 100 Troy Plaza Loop beside Waffle House on U.S. Highway 231. Above: Maddie Lyle (left), a freshman exercise science major from Huntsville, and Kaycie Srdar (middle), a human resources management major from Wetumpka, help a customer.
Rogers Darby, a 57-year-old Sodexo employee, was hit by a student’s car at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, according to the university police. They said Sheila Blanchard, a junior from Tallahassee, Florida, was driving east on John M. Long Blvd. According to University Police Chief John McCall, the Sodexo employee was hit at the crosswalk behind Trojan Dining. John Ford, a sophomore criminal justice major from Tuscaloosa, witnessed the accident. “I was walking up toward the dining hall to the sound of someone slamming on the breaks, and the guy rolled onto the car,” Ford said. Ford said that he saw Darby go about 4 feet into the air, and then the victim landed 4 to 5 feet away from the vehicle. Ford said a passenger in Blanchard’s car called 911. The accident report shows that emergency medical services arrived at 8:50 p.m. to treat Darby. Medical personnel transported Darby from the scene to Troy Regional Medical Center. McCall said that the victim was being treated for “bumps and bruises.”
Journalism symposium welcomes alumnus Daniel Hunt Staff Writer The annual journalism symposium held at Troy University will showcase keynote speaker Craig Pittman, author of four books and an investigative reporter for the Tampa Contributed by Tampa Bay Times Bay Times, on Monday, Craig Pittman Feb. 19. The free event will “How to Be the Most start at 10 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms, Destructive Force on focusing on the topic Campus: The Truth May
Set You Free, but Don’t natural disasters. In his Expect Everyone to Like tenure with the Times, Pittman has covered It. ” primarily environmental During his time as a issues. student at Troy UniverPittman has won the sity, Pittman worked for the Tropolitan, where Waldo Proffitt Award for he published stories, Distinguished Environearning himself the title of mental Journalism on four “muckraker” and angering separate occasions. a dean, who called him In the summer of 2016, “the most destructive the New York Times force on campus.” described Pittman’s book Pittman was brought on “Oh Florida!” as “comby the Tampa Bay Times pulsively readable.” Steve in 1998 after covering Stewart, an assistant newspaper beats and professor of multimedia
journalism, helped coordinate the event on behalf of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication.
“In this case, Craig Pittman has been a successful student journalist right here at Troy University,” Stewart said. “So, I think it is an opportunity (for students) to hear what he has to say and also ask him some questions.”
Following the event, a Q&A session with Pittman will take place in Wallace Hall room 336C at 1 p.m.
ATO preparing for annual Walk Hard Zach Henson Assistant News Editor The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (ATO) will hold its ninth annual Walk Hard event to raise money to support wounded veterans over spring break. Many of the fraternity’s brothers will walk 128.3 miles to Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, to raise money for Jeep Sullivan’s Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures Inc., an organization “offering combat wounded veterans and their families opportunities to enjoy God’s great outdoors,” according to its website. “He takes these wounded vets
on hunting, fishing trips around the country, really building a community,” said Sam Moody, a senior risk management major from Montgomery and the director of Walk Hard. “The community that is built through this organization has literally saved lives, and that’s coming from the veterans that are a part of it, not from myself.” This is the fourth year ATO has supported Jeep Sullivan. In 2015, the fraternity raised $13,000; in 2016, $28,000; and in 2017, $47,000. This year, ATO’s goal is $50,000, of which $30,000 has Contributed by Alpha Tau Omega been raised. The men who participated in the 2017 Walk Hard left Troy See ATO, page 2 University to begin the 128.3 mile walk.
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Kylie Foor, a senior sociology major from Enterprise, spoke at the SGA meeting.
SGA approves new clubs Asem Abdelfattah Staff Writer
The Student Government Association (SGA) passed the constitutions of two new clubs, Blacks Exceeding and the Black Student Union, during its weekly meeting Tuesday. Megan Harper, a junior global business major from Atlanta and president of Blacks Exceeding, said the club aims to provide a community for all minorities on campus. “Blacks Exceeding is a club for all minorities on campus, not just African-American students,” Harper said. “The club See SGA, page 2
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Chinese scholars sent home with ceremony Abby Taylor Online Content Editor
Weddle said she is glad that Ting Cao, a CNU fellow, spoke at the closing ceremony CNU fellows can share what they have learned throughout about her time in the TEFP. the program. “It is a closing point and a “I’m also very happy that she starting point for me,” she said. (Cao) is going to be able to go Cao said she learned a lot home and take some newfound from her experience in Troy and knowledge,” Weddle said. was excited to go back to her Dionne Mims, associate dean colleagues at CNU. and program manager for TEFP, “I will share my learning with said she was sad to see the my colleagues, and I will share fellows leave. what I’ve seen here,” Cao said. “The closing ceremony is a Weddle mentored Cao little bit bittersweet, but it’s also throughout the TEFP and said symbolic of the future relationshe enjoyed the experience. ship that we (Troy) have with “It was wonderful to work Chongqing Normal University,” with my mentee,” Weddle said. Mims said. “It’s been wonderful to learn Mims said she enjoyed the more about education in China. program and plans on pairing in “This ceremony is sad because the future with CNU.
Chongqing Normal University (CNU) faculty members have been studying at Troy for 13 weeks in the Teaching Excellence Fellows Program (TEFP) to increase their understanding of the United States. A closing ceremony was held on Thursday, Feb. 8, for faculty members from CNU along with their faculty mentors from Troy. Katona Weddle, a lecturer in the English department and faculty mentor, said the closing ceremony was bittersweet. The ceremony included a reflection of the program from Bishal Niroula photo Curtis Porter, senior internationTing Cao, a student from Chongqing Normal University, al officer, and a keynote address it means the end, and it’s happy “We’re going to send more Chongqing, China, who studies English, spoke during the from Earl Ingram, senior vice because we had the opportunity faculty to that (Chongqing) inclosing ceremony. chancellor for academic affairs. (to mentor students).” stitution,” Mims said.
Organizations to celebrate Lunar New Year Zach Henson Assistant News Editor
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) will host Lunar New Year celebrations on Feb. 15 and 16. Both celebrations will feature traditional performances such as dancing and singing, games and food from each country. The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the calendar year in several Asian countries and is widely celebrated by spending time with family. According to Xiang Yu, a senior marketing major from Shanghai and the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Chinese New Year celebration will also provide a free gift for all attendees. The Chinese New Year starts the first day of spring and looks forward to planting the crops that will be harvested in the fall, he explained. “For us, it’s a very important event ’cause it’s like Christmas to you guys,” Yu said. “It’s the hope; it’s the new year for the Chinese.” According to Yu, the celebration is a family reunion for everyone. “As Troy, we are one Trojan, so we are one family, so we can celebrate this
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is a place for students from different minorities to bond through groups based on majors, network and bond over a common goal of excelling in college and after graduation.” Harper said the club already has many ideas for activities and events. “One of our main goals is to encourage student entrepreneurs,” Harper said. “One of the events we’re currently planning for is the Entrepreneurship Mar-
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Dancers performed a traditional piece at the 2017 Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration.
festival together,” he said.
“Because it’s so important, we have many activities during this event. There’s Nam Dang, a freshman computer gonna be traditional and modern dances science major from Ho Chi Minh City, from purely Vietnamese students at Vietnam, and emcee of the VSA’s New Troy.” Year celebration, explained that this is the most important event of the year for Both organizations invite those from the VSA. all cultures to attend the New Year events. “Everyone, from anywhere, will go “It’s definitely a good opportunity for back to their hometown and spend time (those who haven’t experienced a Lunar with their family,” he said. “That is the New Year celebration) to learn about most special thing about it. Vietnamese culture,” said Anh Nguyen,
ketplace, where students get to showcase their startups and products. “We are also planning events that focus on networking, career building and community service.” According to Harper, Blacks Exceeding is different from other clubs on campus that cater to minorities. “We aren’t part of a national organization, which gives us the freedom and autonomy allowing us to spread our wings and create a personalized experi-
ence for Troy students,” Harper said. “Blacks Exceeding concentrates only on academic- and career-building with little emphasis on social events, and that provides a focused force of support and motivation for our members.” Harper also said Blacks Exceeding will be working with other clubs, not in competition with it. An-Janeka Smith, a junior global business major from Valley, said the Black Student Union would “fill in a gap for African-American students
on campus,” by organizing social, academic and community events for all students to enjoy and benefit from. In other business, a resolution to preserve the naming of the Dorothy Kelly Adams University Center was also passed. Senator Carter Ray, a sophomore geomatics engineering major from Troy and the patron of the resolution, said the resolution is more “preventing” a change rather than “protecting” the name of the Dorothy Kelly Adams University Center, unof-
employees have been trained at the Dothan location in preparation for the grand opening. “We want to keep good people working here,” he said. “We try to plan some team outings like bowling or something of that nature to create some team-building.” The Goldfingers franchise began in Dothan in 2009 when Dorminy opened his first location. According to Dorminy, the location won “Best Chicken Fingers in the Wiregrass” through the Dothan Eagle without being on the ballot. “We were amazed that we won with only write-in votes,” he said. The franchise boasts a variety of menu items, which is what makes it so appealing to families, according to Dorminy. “Families can come in, and everyone can get what they want,” he said. “Not only do we have chicken, we also have burgers, salads, wings and wraps that are always fresh. “I really believe that’s how we stand alone.” Dorminy, who worked at Chick-fil-A before opening Goldfingers, said he is fortunate to have built relationships with the Cathy family. “With Goldfingers, I am not trying to compete with Chick-fil-A,” he said. “I want to show people that it is about the principles, not just the brand.” Dorminy said the “GF” logo stands for more than Goldfingers. “Our logo is about God first, great food and good friends,” he said.
“Every year our Ministry/ Company is the beneficiary of a tremendous monetary gift by some of the most unselfish young college men that I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting,” said Jeep Sullivan in an email. “Walk Hard has brought new meaning to Spring Break as I get to watch and help the ATO walkers with their tired physical and mental bodies give all they have to support our Purple Heart and Combat veterans. “America’s upcoming leaders are among those who walk on and from your campus.” According to Moody, the walk to Pier Park takes six days. The brothers leave campus on the Friday before spring break and arrive on Wednesday. In the beginning years, the brothers ate from their packs and slept on the side of the road, but after gaining notoriety and support from the towns they pass through on the way, they are now able to sleep in churches. “These local churches, and the women in them, especially, rally
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a junior accounting major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the president of the VSA. “Since it’s the biggest celebration in my country, it means a lot for us to have friends and family to be there to support and celebrate together.” “I always urge my students to get involved with the students from Vietnam and China to help them celebrate what is their most important family holiday,” said Joe McCall, the faculty adviser for the International Student Cultural Organization, in an email. “I have been abroad during Christmas and know how it can become a lonely time if you are alone in a foreign land. “By joining our Chinese and Vietnamese students to celebrate their New Year we can learn about their culture but also remind them that we are their home away from home.” The Chinese New Year Celebration will be at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students and are available in Room 021 in Hawkins Hall, in the Trojan Center during lunch hours or at 334-372-6189. The Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the Trojan Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students and can be purchased in the international office or by texting 714-768-8629.
ficially referred to as the Trojan Center. However, the resolution, like all other resolutions, serves as a “suggestion” to the administration, according to Ray. Higher Education Day was briefly discussed. The day is organized for universities throughout the state to lobby the state government for more money for higher education. It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Alabama State Senate. Higher Education Day is a chance for all Ala-
around us, and we’ll get in there and they’ve cooked full-blown meals, three-course meals, for these guys,” Moody said. In addition to the help they receive from the churches, those walking also receive support from a team of brothers who have walked in previous years. This support team delivers water and food to those walking throughout the day. Each night during the walk, participants hear from a veteran who is supported by Sullivan’s organization “to help our guys remember what they’re doing it for,” Moody said. Kyle Shook, a junior English major from Pike Road and an ATO brother who walked last year, recalled hearing from a veteran whose vehicle was destroyed in an explosion, in which he lost a limb and was the only survivor. The veteran came home to a broken family and no hope. “He was very much contemplating suicide when he got in touch with Jeep (Sullivan),” Shook said. “And now, some odd years later, he is still alive and doing well and has hope because Jeep has been such a positive influence on his life.” Shook described walking through
bama-based public universities to encourage lawmakers to increase funding for higher education. Executive election applications are due Thursday, Feb. 15, by 5 p.m. in the SGA office. Students can apply for the positions of president, vice president of legislative affairs, vice president of campus activities, director of representation and director of administration. The Tropolitan will have detailed interviews with all candidates in next week’s issue.
blisters on both feet and joint pain. “I was counting down on my phone the amount of time until I got to take another set of painkillers, and that’s just kind of how the walk has to go,” he said. “It’s just kind of hard to convince yourself to keep on going on, but that to me is where hearing the veterans comes in. “That really helped me get through, thinking back to the night before and two nights before where we hear these veterans give their stories and talk about how much Walk Hard means to them. So, you just push on.” “Freedom is not free,” said Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins in a statement to the Tropolitan. “It is the result of warriors willing to pay the price. “The brothers of ATO are to be commended for their willingness to ‘march to the sea’ on behalf of our nation’s wounded warriors. The fraternity demonstrates the best of the Greek system at Troy University.” Those wishing to support ATO and Walk Hard are encouraged to visit and like the Alpha Tau Omega Walk Hard Facebook page and donate at ato.crowdchange. co/1852.
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Arts & Entertainment
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Student wins regional runner up for Irene Ryan acting award Draven Jackson Arts & Entertainment Editor Taylor Montgomery, a junior theater major from Troy, won runner-up in a regional acting competition. He was nominated to compete based on his portrayal of Peter Pan in “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Montgomery was nominated for the Irene Ryan competition, which awards “outstanding student performers” at each regional festival. He was honored at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for Region IV, which he attended for the first time with seven other Troy nominees and their partners. Montgomery said he was surprised by winning runner-up. “When they called ‘Runner-up, Taylor Montgomery,’ I just remember not hearing anything after they said my name,” Montgomery said. “And just a bunch of people from Troy just turning
around and looking at me with really big faces.” According to Quinton Cockrell, an associate professor of theater and dance, students are nominated for KCACTF by respondents — professors from other universities in the region — who come to assess the student’s performance according to a set of national criteria. Everyone who worked in a production is eligible for nominations for awards at KCACTF, though the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship is geared specifically toward actors. Only 250 students are nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan competition; of those, 48 move on to the second level of the competition. The final round of KCACTF sees the top 16 competitors perform. After they are nominated, students team up with a mentor on campus and prepare various performances for the competition, from monologues to songs to scenes. Jesse Graham, a lecturer of theater, helped
Montgomery choose pieces and prepare for the competition. “For Taylor, he is such a physical actor that it was a real pleasure to sort of pick out material that would be fun for him to do and fun for us to work on,” Graham said. According to Montgomery, he and Graham began rehearsing pieces after the conclusion of “Peter and the Starcatcher” last October, kicking it into high gear at the start of the term. “As far as working with him, he isn’t interested in platitudes, he isn’t interested in sugar coating anything,” Graham said. “He is very interested in an honest assessment of where he is, what he can do to improve, he is constantly hungry for more material, and I think his dedication to the work and the process is what really got him as far as it is.” Graham said she was ecstatic when Taylor’s name was called as runner-up. “I jumped out of my chair screaming,” Graham said. “They called his
name, and I leapt from my chair.” The next step after KCACTF is a national competition in Washington, D.C. If the winner is unable to attend the national competition, Montgomery will represent Region IV and compete at the national level. Montgomery said he is honored by his achievement, but he went into the competition with the
mindset that it would not affect his feelings about his talent or abilities. His advice for first-time students competing at KCACTF is to not let failure or success change how they feel about their own talents and skills. “I was lucky to have older people there who were able to give me advice and who had been (to KCACTF) before,” Montgomery said. “How
I went about it is that I knew that whether I got passed on or not or won an award or not says nothing about me as an artist or as an actor ... “It’s all a journey, and whether you get passed on or not says nothing …It’s so subjective and up in the air what the judges think of you that it’s not all on you if things go well or if things don’t. All you can do is work and prepare.”
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Taylor Montgomery (left) was nominated for the Irene Ryan Award for his portrayal of Peter Pan in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which premiered in October 2017. He won runner-up at the competition.
New ‘Prodigal Son’ art exhibit coming soon Abby Taylor Online Content Editor
Madison Faile, a Troy alumnus from Montgomery, will be presenting his “Prodigal Son” art exhibition in the Huo Bao Zhu gallery at the International Arts Center. Greg Skaggs, an associate professor of art and design and director of the Huo Bao Zhu gallery, invited Faile to present his work in the gallery. “We invite artists to show in the gallery, and artists bring their artwork to Contributed by Madison Faile exhibit as an example for our students,” “Prodigal Son” will debut on Feb. Skaggs said. 19 in the Huo Bao Zhu gallery at the He said the gallery is used to teach International Arts Center. students about different techniques.
Faile said Skaggs chose the theme “Prodigal Son” for his exhibition as a metaphor for Faile’s return home to Troy. The exhibit is the largest he’s ever done. It will consist of his work from the last three years. Faile graduated in 2013 with an art degree and has had a career as a working artist since graduation. “I think it’s good to come to see it, to see what a student coming out of the Troy art department can do,” Faile said. Faile said the exhibition will include dark imagery such as birds, clowns and skulls. There will be sculptures as well as monochromatic and black and white paintings. “It’s not exactly ‘Winnie the Pooh’ on
ice,” Faile said. He said he will be lecturing on what he wished someone would have told him when he was a student. “It’s kind of telling them what it’s like to be a working artist, how to promote yourself in a phone-based world ...” Faile said. Kara Justice, a senior fine arts major from Alabaster, said she plans on attending the gallery and Faile’s lecture. “The lecture interests me because I want to know how to make it as a future artist,” Justice said. The exhibition will open from Feb. 19 until April 20. There will be a lecture led by Faile on March 1 at 5 p.m., followed by a reception.
Bookstore, campus clubs to hold open mic night Emily Foster Staff Writer Barnes & Noble will be hosting an open mic on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.
“It’s just a night for people to perform and get their face out there,” said Caroline Hughes, a junior English major from Decatur and a member of the Rubicon and the Creative Writing Guild. “Whether that’s singing or poetry slam, or some people might do stand-up routines.”
The event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited to perform or just watch the show. “It’s not just poetry; it’s not just spoken
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Barnes & Noble will host an Open Mic night on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.
word,” said Myles Webster, a junior secondary education major from Moody and president of Pendulum Art Society. “Open mic platforms are available for any artist to showcase their talent.” The Open Mic night is the first event of its kind — a collaboration between four campus organizations and the Barnes & Noble cafe. The organizations involved are the Creative Writing Guild, Pendulum Art Society and Rubicon Literary Journal. The Troy University Art Club will be involved in helping with decorations and will also be putting up a mini art sale. The organizations hope if students are interested in the Open Mic and the event goes well, this could become a regular event at Barnes & Noble throughout the semester and incorporate contests and prizes. The cafe will have $5 pizzas, which students can purchase at the event, along with their drinks. Kimberly Drown, the cafe manager at Barnes & Noble, hopes this event will bring more students into the cafe. She encourages any form of performance — participants are only asked to keep it PG. “The goal is to make sure that everyone has fun and that everyone feels safe and welcome there,” Hughes said. Pendulum hosted an open mic night at the end of last semester, and it helped to host another with the NAACP at the beginning of the semester. They hope a large and diverse group will come to participate and see the members of various organizations perform. “The majority of open mic nights on campus are skewed to one side in terms of audience,” Webster said. “I think merging these audiences will definitely
test performance capabilities, hopefully enhance us as artists and enhance us as performers. “This could be an event that plants seeds for future events in which we will merge with other organizations.” This event is projected to last an hour and a half with guaranteed performances from members of the organizing groups along with the various other students who are interested.
Anyone wishing to participate can either contact Madina Seytmuradova, the president of the Rubicon, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or show up the night of the event and put a name on the list. “I don’t think a lot of the students here have an open way to express themselves,” Drown said. “I know they’re doing it here and there, but they can come to ours and do it quite often if it turns out that this works well.”
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Chi Alpha talks dating on V-day Abby Taylor Online Content Editor Chi Alpha campus ministries hosted a dating panel for students to ask married speakers questions about dating and relationships. The panel was held on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms and was open to all students. “This event is a time for students to be able to ask hard questions to people who have more experience than them in the dating field,” said Whitney Bowers, a strategic communication graduate student from Melbourne, Florida, who volunteers with Chi Alpha. Wesley and Halie Alexander, a newlywed couple who spoke at the panel, said they enjoyed
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Chi Alpha campus ministries hosted a panel on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms for students to ask married couples questions about love, dating and marriage. Left to Right: Wesley Alexander and Halie Alexander, newlyweds, and Debra Sharp and Michael Sharp, who have been married for over 45 years, all answer questions about love.
Halie Alexander said students’ (students) would come with questions about she had been looking relationships,” forward to speaking and “I think that my ex- future pectations were that they Halie Alexander said. representing her belief in answering questions.
God to students. “I wanted to show students what it is like to have a healthy relationship and a relationship that represents Christ,” she said. Wesley and Halie Alexander answered the questions students had and said they were glad they could help. “It’s important for me to show students that they can have a real relationship and find the right person for them,” Wesley Alexander said. Michael and Debra Sharp, the district Christian education directors for the Assembly of God, have been married for over 45 years and spoke at the event about their marriage. Bowers said she has been married for over a year and came into the event wanting to hear
from a couple who has been married for a long time. “I really just wanted to know what the secret is to a long and healthy marriage,” she said. Bowers said she was encouraged by the speakers and was glad students came. “I love being married, and it was really encouraging for me to see students who wanted advice on how to get there,” she said. Haleigh Mitchell, a junior human services major from Trussville, said she came to the event to hear what questions students had about dating. “I always have a lot of questions about dating, especially being in college, so it was a good time to hear some advice from people who are married,” she said.
Students read to children at African American Read-In Aniket Maharjan photo
Ashley Shirey (right), a junior English language arts education major from Talladega, reads to a local child at the 2018 National African American Read-In, which took place at the Troy public library Feb. 12-15, in celebration of Black History Month. The event was hosted by the Troy Council Teachers of English and sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held again on Feb. 20-22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
out of place and nervous. I don’t know what machines to use and I get uncomfortable with so many people around. I want to be one of those buff people who move around the gym like it’s their second home.
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Dear Trop, My girlfriend broke up with me two weeks before Valentine’s Day. So not only am I going to have to cancel our dinner
reservations and lose the money I spent pre-ordering a couple dozen roses, but I’m left with nothing but a broken heart and crushed ego. How am I supposed to move past this? And do you have any suggestions for a single guy on Valentine’s Day? —Broken Heart
Dear Broken Heart, First off, I’m sorry that you have to deal with heartbreak, which always sucks, but especially at this time of year. Truly, my heart goes out to you. My best advice is to cancel your reservations and order as soon as you can and plan to keep yourself busy. On Valentine’s Day and the surrounding days, don’t spend idle hours scrolling through the sappy posts on social media. That will only make matters worse. Have a good cry if you must, but don’t stay in bed binge eating and watching romantic movies all day.
Should I ditch the gym and stick to at-home workouts or keep going and hope things will get more comfortable with time? serving the community in some capacity. Community service always cheers the heart and helps a person refocus to put their troubles into perspective. Maybe make some valentines for the elderly and visit a local senior center or nursing home.
—Hopeful Gym Rat Dear Hopeful Gym Rat,
Kudos to you for having such great motivation! At-home workouts can be effective if you know what to do. I would suggest you do some research to decide what’s best for you and what will be most Another idea to ward effective to help you reach off the heartache blues is your goals. to host a guys’ edition of Before you choose to Galentine’s Day. Invite some single dudes over ditch the gym, keep in and order some pizza mind that there are other, gyms and wings and play some less-frequented available on campus. games or something. For example, the gym in Most of all, remember Wright Hall or the gym at it’s OK to mourn the loss the Elm Street Rec Center of love — just don’t let are often less crowded than the TC one. yourself go over it. It’s easy to feel insecure when comparing oneself Trop to others, but don’t think that they just woke up one day looking like that. They had to put in hard work, Dear Trop, discipline and dedication to achieve their fitness With Spring Break goals. on the horizon, I am so excited to join my besties If you stick to it, you at the beach. I have more could have your dream motivation than ever to bod in a year or two’s time. take care of my body and It will likely be a slow and get in shape for bikini difficult journey, but noneseason — but I’m feeling theless rewarding. insecure about going to the gym. Cheers,
Do something producI’m not sure what it is, tive like working out, but every time I go to the doing homework or even TC fitness center, I feel so
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Men of Troy win third straight Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer
Troy picked up a pair of wins in Trojan Arena to put together a three-game win streak, starting on Thursday with a six-point overtime win over Arkansas State before taking down Little Rock 82-64. The Troy men’s basketball team now enters the last stretch of its regular season on its longest win streak since November following a weekend
of Sun Belt matchups. The Trojans are in the middle of the conference standings tied for sixth with South Alabama. On Thursday, the Trojans gave Trojan Arena its first overtime game since 2015 in last-minute fashion, erasing what was a 12-point deficit in the second half to force the extra period. Senior guard Wesley Person hit two 3-pointers in the final 66 seconds of regulation to tie the game and force an overtime.
Person led the Trojans with 24 points during his 44 minutes to go along with his five rebounds and four assists. “Both teams were playing good offensively,” said Head Coach Phil Cunningham. “At this time of the year, you just have to find a way to win the game.” The Red Wolves had one last chance to steal the game in regulation following Person’s six unanswered points, but were held scoreless by the
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Troy defense. Freshman forward Javan Johnson was arguably the hero of the night, as it was his block of a would-be game-winning layup from Arkansas State’s Tamas Bruce that gave the Trojans a chance to win.
Junior forward Jordon Varnado led the Trojans after regulation, scoring five points as part of a Troy Athletics photo 9-0 run by the Trojans Senior guard Kevin Baker and the Troy men’s to start the overtime. basketball team came back from a 12-point It was all part of his second-half deficit to defeat Arkansas State 89See Men, page 6 83 in overtime at home.
Troy women topple UALR second quarter, but pulled ahead and went into halftime with a 31-30 lead over the conference frontrunner.
Scott Shelton Staff Writer The Troy women’s basketball team picked up two Sun Belt Conference wins at home last week, defeating Arkansas State 95-78 and Little Rock 76-70 in overtime to extend its winning streak to six games. That streak is the longest for the Trojans so far this season and was capped with an upset of the Sun Belt’s top-seeded team in UALR in Trojan Arena on Saturday. It was UALR’s first conference loss of the season.
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Late in the third quarter, Troy pulled away to an 11-point lead, its largest lead of the game and the largest deficit UALR has faced against a Sun Belt team this season. The hosting Trojans ended the quarter leading 52-43.
However, Little Rock erased the deficit in the fourth quarter with a pair of made free-throws in the final minute. The visiting Trojans had a chance to steal the game at the buzzer, but a missed Troy was led by recent breakout star 3-pointer from Monique Townson sent Kayla Robinson, whose 18 points helped the game to overtime. land her a third consecutive spot as the In overtime, with Troy up by two, Sun Belt Player of the Week. No player Harriet Winchester came up with a big in the history of the league has accom- block, and Kayla Robinson sealed the plished that before. game at the free-throw line to take the On Thursday against Arkansas State, win 76-70. the Trojans led 28-14 at the end of the The win handed Little Rock its first first quarter and never looked back. conference loss of the season and ended The Trojans led for 39 minutes and 30 its 11-game winning streak. seconds of the 40-minute game on their Troy extended its winning streak to way to their second consecutive dousix games and moved up to a tie for third ble-digit victory. place in the Sun Belt Conference. Robinson led the team with 18 points After the game, Troy Head Coach and four rebounds. Harriet Winchester followed close behind with 16 points Chanda Rigby noted the importance of off four 3-pointers and was one of six the win against Little Rock. Trojans to reach double-digit points. “It was great to get this win,” Rigby Two days later against Little Rock, said. “We also learned a lot.
the two Trojan teams were locked in a Sophomore guard Kayla Robinson once again led the Trojans over the “This program has been built on weekend to defeat Arkansas State and UALR at home. Robinson’s perfor- defensive battle early with Troy leading faith and prayer. Special things happen 15-11 after the first quarter. mance in Troy’s 76-70 overtime win over UALR earned her the league’s sometimes when you go with that, and first-ever third-straight Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award. Troy temporarily lost the lead in the that’s what’s happening in this program.”
Glover leads softball team in Troy Classic Michael Shipma Sports Editor Despite having two games canceled, the Troy softball team exploded to a 3-0 start to the 2018 season in the Troy Classic tournament over the weekend before falling to Auburn 5-0 at home Wednesday in Troy’s ESPN3 debut. The Trojan roster, which consists of seven freshmen this year, was led by College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week junior pitcher Peyton Glover. Glover picked up two wins in the circle for Troy and pitched her first career total shutout in the Trojans’ win over Alabama State on Friday. The Trojans were originally scheduled to play five home games as part of their season-opening home invitational, but their final two games against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Tennessee State were canceled due to weather. Before that, however, Head Coach Beth Mullins’ team gave up just a single run on its way to
in three runs. Webb’s performance at the plate was followed up by freshman pinch hitter Kelly Horne, who batted in three runners in the bottom of the third inning to stretch the lead to 8-0. Horne finished with that one hit in two at-bats to go along with one run scored later in the third. The Tigers got on the board in the fifth when second baseman Kasey Cox hit an RBI double, which made the score 9-1. Because the Trojans were ahead by at least eight runs after five innings, the game was called early due to the NCAA softball run rule. Troy immediately moved on to its next opponent in Alabama Troy Athletics photo State and cruised to a 7-0 win in the nightcap of Friday’s Junior pitcher Peyton Glover helped lead the Trojans to wins over Alabama State and doubleheader. Valparaiso over the weekend by striking out 14 of the 46 batters she faced. Glover The Trojans once again got pitched her first-ever complete shutout against Alabama State, and doubled her previon the board thanks to a solo ous single-game strikeout record of five. home run from Webb on a 2-2 three straight wins. tled early by sophomore first middle that brought in junior pitch count. It was her first of The first win came Friday baseman Katie Webb’s four left fielder Taylor Corbett, and three hits in the game out of four afternoon against Tennessee RBIs in the first two innings. the second was a double down See Softball, page 6 State, which was disman- The first was off a single up the the third-base line that brought
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Trojan track and field teams finish 2018 regular season at Samford Open Daniel Hunt Staff Writer
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Junior forward Jordon Varnado’s back-to-back doubles over the weekend helped lift the Trojans to wins over Arkansas State and UALR. With those wins, Troy tied its longest win streak of the season so far (three games), and will look to climb the rankings with six regular-season games left.
was an explosive first half from Varnado, who nearly Continued from page achieved another dou5 ble-double in his 18 firsthalf visits. His 17 points double-double outing, and nine rebounds in the which consisted of 18 half helped propel his points and a game-high 13 team to a 44-32 lead going rebounds. into the locker room. His double-double was It took Varnado a little accompanied by fellow over five minutes into the forward Alex Hicks. second half to complete Hicks, a junior, finished his double-double on his the game with 17 points way to 23 points and 13 and 10 rebounds.
game in both rebounds and points in the paint, holding a 41-27 advantage on the boards to go along with 48 points close to the basket. Troy also made 51.6 percent of its 64 shots from the field, which outpaced Little Rock’s 40.7 shooting percentage. Troy controlled the game for the majority of the night, paving the way for its largest conference win of the year.
Arkansas State “...I thought the way With Person’s 11 Jordon made one last rally points in Saturday’s Varnado stepped during the overtime win, he is only 52 points period, but came up his play up away from reaching short despite trailing really changed 2,000 career points. by four with just over the game.” With six regular-season a minute remaining. — Head Coach Phil games and the conferFour missed free Cunningham ence tournament still throws by the Trojans to play, Person could in the final 32 seconds of rebounds for Troy. Both make history as the first OT went unpunished, and numbers were game-highs. Trojan to score that many the home team held on to points in his career. Johnson and Person hand the Red Wolves their He is currently eighth conference loss this followed with 13 and 11 averaging 18.8 points per points, respectively. season. game, which statistically “I thought early on there gives him a good chance Troy was at home once again on Saturday as it was fatigue on both teams’ at accomplishing the feat took on another Arkansas part at this point of the before postseason play in team in the Trojans of year, particularly because March. we went to overtime on Little Rock. The Trojans look Thursday,” Cunningham Despite faltering offensaid. “I thought the way ahead now to Thursday’s sively in the early goings, matchup with the 11-15 Jordon Varnado stepped the Troy Trojans bounced Chanticleers of Coastal his play up really changed back to lead by double Carolina in Conway, the game.” South Carolina. Tipoff is digits at the halftime Troy controlled the set for 6:30 p.m. break. A big part of that
Fellow freshman Madison Kennedy had a run through of 25.42 seconds, which was good for ninth place.
Harris helped the men’s side dominate Troy’s indoor track team picked up a the dashes on Saturday. He finished pair of mid-tier finishes at the Samford first in the 200-meter dash, clocking Open in Birmingham over the weekend in at 21.51 seconds. Sophomore Juvon on Friday and Saturday. Treasure picked up the second place The Trojans wrapped up their regular spot with a time of 22.40 seconds. season schedule at the Birmingham Treasure and Johnson combined for a Crossplex with the women’s team total of 18 points. placing sixth out of nine teams and the It was a good day for underclassmen men finishing fifth out of eight teams. in general as freshman Jared Hayes also Both can now look forward to postseachipped in 10 points for finishing in son play, which starts Monday. second place in the 400-meter dash with The event was the fifth time the team a time of 49.09 seconds. has traveled to Birmingham this season. Junior Michael Alvernaz dominated Strong individual performances from the weight throw, finishing with a freshman Amir Harris and senior Niata distance of 20.35 meters as the meet Alexander helped the Trojans finish the came to a close. season in respectable positioning. The men’s side finished in fifth place Alexander rolled through the with 55 points. The women were equally 200-meter dash finals with a sec- impressive with a sixth-place finish of ond-place finish clocked at 24.32 49 points. seconds. She gave her team the most With the season finale over, the teams points in one event on the day for the can look forward to eight days of rest women’s side. before postseason play on Feb. 19. The Precious Ogba continued her recent two-day Sun Belt Indoor Championhot streak by finishing fifth with a time ships will be held in the Birmingham of 25.10 seconds in the same event. Crossplex.
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Troy took advantage of two errors from the visiting Hornets, scoring two of its three fifth-inning runs in unearned fashion. In the sixth, sophomore shortstop Logan Calhoun batted in another run and stole a base to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead, which it held through the seventh and final inning. Glover pitched all seven innings for Troy, giving up just one hit and striking out a career-high 10 of the 22 batters she faced. Glover also forced nine fly-outs and two ground-outs in her 78 total pitches.
to solidify the team’s lead.
Calhoun scored on a fielding error in the sixth inning, Taylor batted in two runners and Webb brought in another to make the final score 7-0. Four days later, the Trojans played their last home game against No. 13 Auburn before going on a six-game road stretch.
While Troy dominated from start to finish in the Troy Classic, it was the exact opposite for the home team in this matchup.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a trio of unearned runs. Troy pitcher Claire Graves had no answer for the Tigers’ offense, which scored five runs off nine hits on the night.
The Trojans stayed hot the next day RBI singles in the fourth and fifth as well, shutting out Valparaiso 7-0 in the first of two scheduled games on innings extended Auburn’s lead to 5-0, where it stayed for the remainder of the Saturday. game. The first five innings flew by as neither The Trojans managed only four hits in team was able to generate much offense the game, and never seemed to be able to against the opposition’s pitching. get close enough to the Tigers to make a Calhoun finally broke the stalemate, run at cutting into the deficit. however, as she scored Troy’s first run Troy will now look to bounce back on a throwing error in the sixth inning. from its first loss of the season on the That run was followed by a two-run RBI road at the Arizona Tournament in single from Bailey Taylor that extended Tucson, Arizona. The Trojans will play the lead to three runs. five games in the tournament before The Crusaders continued to struggle going on the road to play Samford in offensively against another solid outing Birmingham. in the circle from Glover, who struck out Troy’s first game of the road stretch four batters in her six innings pitched. will be against Montana on Friday at 10 In the meantime, Troy’s bats continued a.m.
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Sophomore first baseman Katie Webb jumpstarted the Troy softball team’s season with six hits and six RBIs through its first three games. Webb and the Trojan offense were a force over the weekend at the Troy Classic, outscoring opponents 23-1.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Last week's Tropolitan contained a story about National Signing Day that contained three factual errors, which are explained in the web version of the story on tropnews.com.
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February 15, 2018
Can POTUS order a nuclear strike? Pradyot Sharma Variety Editor
American Downfall, a discussion group led by Luke Ritter, an assistant professor of history, organized a discussion on the limitations of the powers of the president of the United States (POTUS), including the question of whether the president could order a nuclear strike. The discussion followed a presentation by James Todhunter, an assistant professor of political science, on the powers of the president. “Naturally, one of the hottest topics on this issue is nuclear weapons and what limitations there are when it comes to a president ordering a nuclear strike,” said James Sasser, a senior computer science major from Luverne who has been attending American Downfall discussions since its inception. According to Todhunter, the president has the ultimate authority to launch a nuclear strike, but there are checks and balances to ensure that he cannot arbitrarily order a nuclear strike. Ritter said the people of the United States need to be aware of the powers of
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James Todhunter, an assistant professor of political science, speaks on the limitations of the powers of the president during the American Downfall discussion.
the president while deciding whom they derstand what a president can do and has done and will do.” choose to put in the Oval Office. “I think we all need to be aware of the fact that presidents can order nuclear strikes, and that should inform how we choose who we want to be president,” he said. “ I think lots of Americans don’t un-
According to Ritter, the purpose of the discussion group is to teach students to interact with each other and discuss polarizing issues while learning to disagree in a civil way.
He said this would help students become constructive members of a democratic society. According to Ritter, democracy is not about one side winning but rather about the fundamental belief that everyone must submit to specific rules and that society can work on everything else from there on. “Democracy only works if people play by certain ground rules, but the moment you break these rules, democracy starts breaking down,” Ritter said. Ritter said the discussion group provides an open forum for students to apply what they have learned in classrooms to current controversial issues. “We have addressed some really controversial stuff like hate speech, and we also had a discussion on abortion,” Ritter said. “What I am trying to introduce students to is the possibility that we can have meaningful conversations on these issues without breaking into mob violence or yelling.” American Downfall discussions are held periodically on Wednesdays and organized by the history department and the office of civic engagement.
ISCO brings cultures together for Mardi Gras Abhigya Ghimire Staff Writer The International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) and Center for International Programs at Troy University collaborated to organize “Mardi Gras at ISCO” on Thursday, Feb. 8. The goal of the event was to bring people of all cultures together and celebrate Mardi Gras. Caroline Hughes, a junior English major from Decatur and the president of ISCO, said the festival was mostly organized to spread awareness among international students about Mardi Gras.
“It allows us to give a chance for people to befriend each other who wouldn’t normally have that chance in day-to-day happenings,”Hughes said. “I didn’t know about Mardi Gras carnival before, and I learned a lot by coming here tonight,” said Shijia Zhang, a sophomore computer science major from Liaoning, China. It was the first celebration of Mardi Gras organized by the International programs. “Our main purpose was to have a celebration of the culture that’s deep in the south and in the U.S. and turn it into an international event where different other cultures are celebrated,” said Jamie Sessions, a history lecturer and international student adviser. “We collab-
orated with ISCO because they have a huge reach and could bring in a lot of people together.” The event was held at Hal Hall and included activities like cake decoration, Mardi Gras games, food, music, photo booth and a short presentation about Mardi Gras and its history. Students were given colorful bead necklaces as they arrived, and the program started with the informative presentation regarding Mardi Gras by Sessions. It was followed by an game of “pass the beads” while the festive Mardi Gras music played in the background. ISCO hosts events every week where international students and American students come together to learn about different cultures.
Armchair discusses Mormon history, controversy Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer
The Philosophy Society’s weekly discussion group, The Armchair, hosted a presentation about Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, on Tuesday. Matt Fulton, a senior music industry major from Tampa Bay, Florida, and a sixth-generation Mormon, prefaced his speech with a disclaimer saying that the point of the event was to present what Mormons believe, not to convert anyone to Mormonism. Fulton covered the Mormon history from Joseph Smith in the early 19th century to present day, touching on controversial subjects such as polygamy, the Mountain Meadow massacre and “Singles Ward,” a contemporary comedy film about dating as a Mormon. “I believe it was definitely very explicit about the things that they believe in, and I don’t think he (Fulton) left anything un-talked about,” said Savannah Kichler, a senior biomedical sciences major from Gulf Shores. Fulton told the students that
Missouri is sacred land for Mormons, as they believe Jesus Christ will return to gather his people in the new millennium there. Mormons also believe that the garden of Eden was located in Missouri. The idea to have Fulton host this presentation arose during a study abroad trip to India, according to Charles Taylor, a sophomore history major from Brundidge and a member of the philosophy society. “He (Fulton) talked a lot about his religion and his beliefs, and he obviously knows a lot about it,” said Taylor. “He’s a good orator, so when we got back we did intend to set him up to talk about it because this is exactly the type of thing we do, being a philosophy club.” Taylor said he was surprised to learn how Americentric the religion is, and he is interested in Mormon terminology. “There’s a lot of Catholic and Jewish terminology; you don’t see that a lot in Protestant churches,” he said. “Especially the term ‘saint.’ “Most Protestant churches, especially Anglicans, Episcopalians, just completely downplay the saints all the way; some of them don’t even believe in the miracles.”
In addition, the attendees of the presentation could speak to a group of Latter-Day Saints missionaries assigned to the area. According to Haylee Debruin, a Mormon missionary in Troy, missionaries have the opportunity to move to a new area every six weeks, and it is common for members of the Latter-Day Saints to become missionaries. Fulton said that one of the reasons the Latter-Day Saints are misunderstood is partly due to the exposure without knowledge. “Most people have met Mormons one time in their life,” said Fulton. “And if it’s something that we’re exposed to, but we don’t understand, then we disregard it, and we dislike it, and I think that’s what Mormonism is.” According to Pew Research Center’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, 1.7 percent of U.S. adults were of Mormon tradition in 2007, 96 percent of whom identified as members of Latter-Day Saints Church. Thirty-five percent of that populaPawan Khanal Photo tion resided in Utah in 2007 because Matt Fulton, a senior music industry major from of its historic proximity to what the Latter-Day Saints believe to be the Tampa Bay, Florida, presents during the New Jerusalem. philosophy society armchair discussion.
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February 15, 2018
Media bias appeal threatens credibility work to keep viewers who will stay committed to a media organization based on ideology.
Pradyot Sharma Variety Editor
Companies like The continuing Breitbart and Hufftrend of mainington post have stream media orgathrived on this nizations modeling model, targeting polarized media outlets could potentially destroy viewers on either end of the the time-sustained trust the press political spectrum. has built to act as a check on the While news companies can powers of government. secure profits by following this Confirmation bias is when model, the social hit could cost people search and consume them more in the long run. information to confirm their pre-existing opinions rather than an objective approach. This is the reason most conservatives get their news from sources like Fox news and liberals go to CNN or NBC for their information. These organizations don’t give out wrong information intentionally, but tend to present information the way they believe their viewers want to see it. CNN, for example, presents the views of its own journalists like Jake Tapper and Wolfe Blitzer along with their news stories, while Fox does the same with the opinions presented by Sean Hannity. Moreover, opinion pieces condemning either side are pushed to the tops of the websites, mixing them with major news stories. There is also an attempt to discredit each other, with both CNN and Fox running columns painting the other in a negative light. Just last month, Fox news ran an opinion piece titled, “CNN has gone bananas and doesn’t seem to care.” The intent of this could be attributed to securing consumer loyalty as these organizations
Populists have now learned that the key to publicity is calling out media agencies and discrediting anything that doesn’t play to their narrative. With President Donald Trump leading the way in questioning the credibility of the media, mainstream media agencies, especially on the left, are not helping by going on the defensive and playing into this trap.
These agencies need to understand that going at each other is destroying the credibility of mainstream media, rather than a specific organization, and need to rise above partisanship if they want to preserve the mantle of being the voice of the people.
If they want to continue projecting bias with blows below the belt at each other and social groups at large, the power of the fourth estate needs to be re-evaluated, allowing for a fairer estate acting as the voice of the people. More importantly, many in the country have now decided that these agencies cannot be trusted, and if these organizations do not work toward remedying this, we will lose a credible fourth estate to keep a check on the government and lose one of the major pillars of democracy.
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Gendered ads create stereotypes man to save them.
That, however, does not mean commercials no longer depict gender‑related stereotypes. Advertisements now have subtler hints of sexism.
Staff Writer Advertising shapes our worldviews in drastic, yet subtle, ways. “You mean a woman can open it?” reads the tagline of a 1953 advertisement produced by Alcoa Aluminum promoting its HyTop twist-off bottle caps.
Furthermore, the ideas represented are usually The implication that rooted in our mindsets women cannot open and might not always be bottles is outrageous con- visible. sidering only a few years Video games and conprior to the advertisement, women — both at struction toys are adverhome and abroad — were tised almost exclusively involved in the Second to boys; these items are World War. It might have displayed as tough, advenbeen exaggerated, but it turous and powerful. is a representation of the On the other hand, dolls social perceptions and are advertised mostly ideas of the time. to girls and paired with
The ad features a woman in red lipstick looking at the reader while holding a Del Monte ketchup bottle and looking amazed at being able to open the bottle. The article that follows starts with, “Easily — without a knife The fact that we can blade, a bottle opener, or now identify this stereoeven a husband!” typing shows that we Looking at it today, we have grown from those can point out the blatant stereotypes. The media sexism in this ad; it has no longer overtly display received a lot of backlash women as helpless little from 21st century critics. creatures waiting for a
Whether it be a commercial for beer, chocolate or cars, it has become usual to see a scantily clad female or a shirtless male endorsing it. Sexualization is most prevalent in beauty-related products. The idea of thin, “beautiful” women with “clear” skin and a “pleasant” fragrance has made room for hundreds of slimming products, skin cleansers, make up items and perfumes.
The notion of having to be “manly” is abundantly advertised, and with that comes advertisements for protein supplements, hair styling products and cologne that makes angels beauty and attractiveness. fall from heaven. Only recently have we started questioning these These commercials ideas. usually have a distinct “for men” theme. A more widespread pheIn some places, fairness nomenon in advertising is sexualization of women products targeted specifiand, increasingly, men. cally at men have become
tions and unhealthy ideas, especially in children and Gender-specific adver- young adults. tising strengthens existing notions and creates Simply being aware of grounds for the establish- this can shield one from ment of further miscon- being swayed. Reporting ceptions about people of or complaining about abthat gender, just like the solutely harmful ads is Alcoa Aluminum ad of always a good idea. 1953 expressed the notion of a weak woman. However, since most advertisements have Berating the advertisambiguous means of repers, however, rarely helps resenting these ideas, we resolve the issue. Admight not be able to do so. vertisers are concerned more with making their Furthermore, reporting products appealing to their each and every ad is not target groups and less with practical. the social implications. A more practical When we see advertiseapproach would be inments depicting a non-stecreasing awareness among reotypical image of a man consumers. This can be or a woman, it is because as small scale as parents that person, event or idea is gaining popularity showing their children how certain commercials within the public. misrepresent reality and We cannot ignore the as large scale as having fact that advertisements school and community catering to a specific programs about being gender create misconcep- attentive consumers. a part of the culture.
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