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Parking options at The Edge disappoint future residents
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Eco-friendly alternative to wasted food By EMMA MITCHELL firstname.lastname@example.org
► Life: The live music scene in downtown Mobile offers many interesting music venues See JagLife, page 6.
USA ► Life: USA’s free mobile app provides features like a campus map, athletics schedules and USA’s radio station. See JagLife, page 9.
► Sports: South Alabama football gets a new look. See Sports, page 12
► Sports: Head coach Joey Jones is set to lead the Jags in their first FBS season See Sports, page 15
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Graham Forsythe (far left), Ridgefield Common Homeowner Association president, objected to the commercial parking lot planned near The Edge apartments during the Aug. 8 city planning commission meeting. By SAM ANDREWS email@example.com
Many students received troubling news less than three weeks before USA’s 2013 fall semester when emails from The Edge apartment complex reached the inboxes of its future residents. Though still under construction, The Edge apartments located on Old Shell Road, adjacent to the University, will provide 156 units, housing over 500 tenants but only offering 326 onsite parking spaces. The letter sent out Aug. 1 from The Edge to its future residents admitted to “reduced onsite parking capacity at The Edge” and included three parking options that would be available to its residents. The first options is onsite parking at an additional $15 per month for 276 residents on a first come, first serve basis. The second option for another 240 residents is free parking at an offsite lot at the Mobile Festival Centre, located at 3725 Airport Blvd. Those who choose option two will be provided with a shuttle service for the approximate 3.5 mile distance from their vehicles to The Edge complex. Lastly, residents can have their rent reduced by $50 each month for declining the previous options, effectively claiming
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no parking privileges. The basis for The Edge’s three-option parking resolution was included in its initial urban development approval through the Mobile City Planning Commission almost two years ago on Aug. 18, 2011. The zoning ordinance regulations required 234 parking spaces for 156 units, or 1.5 spaces per apartment. The Edge even exceeded this minimum requirement by 92 spaces. Therefore, the city regulation allows apartments marketed to students to operate legally with fewer parking spaces than residents. In June when The Vanguard asked The Edge about the rumors of insufficient parking spaces, Property Manager Mary Rutherford said their “development is planning for enough parking,” without disclosing an exact figure. The Edge has been unavailable directly for further comments. Dean of Students Michael Mitchell held a meeting with The Edge to settle the University’s concerns about the lack of parking as well. “At that time, [The Edge] had addressed those concerns as rumors,” Mitchell said. “They had been assured by their developer that there would be one parking space per bed.”
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When asked if there was a USA department that keeps an eye on surrounding business activity, Mitchell replied, “Not that I’m aware of. We don’t have that obligation as an institution and would probably be over stepping our boundaries if we did. So if it’s not on the University, we rely on the city to manage those issues.” In the most recent city planning commission meeting, an area adjacent to The Edge was denied permission for commercial parking lot development, to include an extra 248 spaces directly behind Campus Bookstore. Dr. Victoria Rivizzigno, secretary of the city planning commission, explained, “There’s a regulation against having offsite parking. All the parking should be contained onsite.” The applicant for this development claimed not to be affiliated with The Edge. However several members around the community believe otherwise, especially since the last parking development application from The Edge’s developers was denied. “It appeared to be a way for them to get around the original denial,” William Guess, chair for the city Board of AdSee Parking options at The Edge Page 5
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A new organization on campus will provide students with a way to turn wasted food into an eco-friendly garden . According to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, approximately 20 pounds of food is wasted by each of the 311 million people in the United States every month. Once the food is discarded, it makes its way to landfills where it rots and eventually biodegrades into many elements such as nitrogen, potassium, calcium and sodium. There, these elements have little power. However, when combined in the right setting, these elements are capable of creating fertilized soil perfect for growth of almost anything. The process of creating this soil over time with extra or leftover food is called composting. Home Grown Mobile is a local organization that was started a little over a year ago by two South students, Justin Roberts and Matthew Johnson. “Matthew and I each had slightly different motivations for forming HGM,” Roberts said in a recent interview. “Having worked in numerous kitchens and restaurants, he got to see first-hand how much food was thrown out with the trash and just thought it was plain uneconomical. I looked at the food waste, however, and saw a missed opportunity to produce someSee Home Grown comes to USA Page 3
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7/20/2013 3:39 Driving Under the Influence- Alcohol Grove Apartments A female was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. 7/20/2013 17:50 Bench Warrant Stadium at rec center Suspect was arrested for seven Mobile City warrants. 7/21/2013 16:45 Bench Warrant Health Services Suspect was arrested for having four City of Mobile warrants. 7/23/2013 0:18 Driving Under the Influence- Alcohol Old Shell Road and Mitchell Drive A male driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
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7/24/2013 0:54 Facebook: Facebook.com/StormTeam4Gamma9Wx Possession of Marijuana Second Degree Possession of Drug Paraphernalia University Boulevard and Old Shell Road Male subject was arrested at the listed location for Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Under the Influence of a Substance, Carrying a Concealed Weapon without a Permit and Possession of a Concealed room plus washing machine and House-mate wanted. Two-bedroom Weapon. dryer. Academic year lease. modern home in quiet neighbor7/30/2013 21:56 $300 for rent and utilities. hood (10 min to campus). SemiBurglary Third Degree furnished room with large walk- No illegal substances/ Grove Apartments References required Unknown person(s) forced entry into the victim’s in closet & attached private Call John 251-605-4564 bath. Kitchen and large living room and removed property.
8/2/2013 4:32 Possession of Marijuana 2nd Appears in Public Place Under Influence Oklahoma Street Two non-students were arrested at the dead-end of Oklahoma Street for Public Intoxication, Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Disorderly Conduct. 8/6/2013 0:43 One Injured Cleverdon Boulevard and John Counts Drive One injured near the Intramural Fields near Jack Brunson Drive. 8/7/2013 1:06 Criminal Mischief Third Degree ($500 or less) Instruction Laboratory Building (ILB) Property was damaged at the Instructional Laboratory Building. 8/7/2013 14:30 Disorderly Conduct/Disrupting Peace Research Park 3 Officers responded to the Human Resources department for a report of a disorderly individual in the lobby. 8/7/2013 16:41 Theft of Property Third Degree ($500 or less) Chi Omega Sorority A television was taken from the common area of the Chi Omega House.
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thing awesome,” meaning, “compost, or more plainly, very good soil.” Together, Roberts and Johnson are working to raise awareness of the issue, implement a composting system within our communities and start turning wasted food into soil. “All of that food waste we throw out every day can literally be turned into brand new, super-charged soil. In the simplest way, that is what Home Grown is about,” Roberts said, continuing, “we recycle food and turn it into soil.” As for participation in the program, Roberts said, “Right now we have about fifty members that contribute their food waste. We give them whatever we have growing in the garden, or more frequently just the compost itself that they can use in their own gardens.” Looking to expand their area of involvement, Roberts and Johnson are not only talking to local farmers, but they have also formed a student organization called Home Grown USA which will begin this fall. They have even created a compost bucket pick-up/drop-off spot by the dumpsters next to the Life Sciences building.
“We would like to have bins available for students to pick up and swap out all around campus,” Roberts said. “They can take them home if they don’t live on campus or use them in their dorms. The fraternities and sororities could use them in their kitchens.” Roberts went on to say that HGM’s biggest goals on campus are to place composting bins in all of the dining facilities and use these bins to start a campus-wide community garden. By reaching out to college students in an attempt to spread their knowledge of and passion for composting, they are not only reaching out to their peers, but they are also hoping to reach the “next generation.” “As our world is confronted with more and more challenges we need people to begin thinking about issues such as food security and waste management at a young age so that when they leave [the] university and enter the workforce they are able to confront these issues with an informed mind.” If you would like more information on Home Grown Mobile or the statistics of composting, you can visit HGM on Facebook at facebook.com/ HomeGrownMobile.
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SGA promotes involvement By STUART SOX firstname.lastname@example.org
Student government association President Riley Davis is looking forward to everything that the SGA will accomplish this fall semester. â€œAs President of SGA here at South, I am looking forward Riley Davis to an exciting acaSGA President demic year and I hope to hear from and see as many students on campus as I can,â€? Davis said. In the past, student attendance has been poor at regular SGA meetings. Davis and the rest of SGA are looking for that to change. â€œI encourage all students to utilize the resources that SGA can provide them,â€? Davis said, adding, â€œall students are welcome at the SGA meetings.â€? Davis and the rest of the SGA executive council were elected at the end of the previous spring semester. Since then, they have been working to prepare for the tasks of the upcoming year. During the summer semester, the SGA appropriations committee revised the appropriations bylaws in the South Alabama student handbook, The Lowdown. Appropriations are the funds that are awarded each semester to on-campus student organizations by the SGA. â€œIn the past, appropriations bylaws were mixed together with student travel grants and cosponsorships in The Lowdown while they all had different rules. The changes that the appropriations committee made clarify what all of the differences are,â€? Davis said. The SGA senate completed one senate project in the summer semester. Led by Senator Nick Frazier of the College of Arts and Sciences, the SGA paid for the completion of the new cement sidewalk between the humanities and chemistry buildings. Each semester the SGA senate completes various senate projects that benefit South Alabamaâ€™s students and campus. The SGA meets on Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the conference room behind the registers at the Fresh Food Company. The first meeting of the fall semester will take place on Monday, Aug. 19.
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justment said. â€œMore or less what I would say is they regrouped and found another piece of property that they could go through the process with and get the additional parking, even though it was going to be offsite to serve the new Edge complex.â€? Guess admits that the planning commission canâ€™t deny an application for a lack of parking if they meet the regulation. City Planning Commissioner James Watkins explains that apartment complexes marketed to students are treated the same as any other housing complex because the city does â€œnot have a different classification for apartments or housing rented by the room.â€? The USA police department has already begun to make arrangements in anticipation for The Edgeâ€™s launch to ensure safety and security for the University. New regulations for both the recreation center and Stanky Field will prohibit overnight parking past 11 p.m., and cars parked in these locations after this time will be towed. â€œWe are going to erect gates to Stanky Field that close after a specific time,â€? USAPD Chief Zeke Aull said, concerned for the University and its students. â€œBy allowing the possibility of someone getting hurt, we are being an enabler.â€? USAPD Captain Keith West explained the recreation center parking regulation, â€œItâ€™s not so much that they are taking up spaces that somebody will need at eleven oâ€™clock at night, as much as when we have allowed students to park there overnight, weâ€™ve had many students leave cars there past the time when the rec center opens and people such as alumni or general citizens that have rec center memberships have no-
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where to park early in the morning.â€? Many affected by The Edgeâ€™s three parking options spoke out shortly after the announcement. â€œI specifically addressed this with someone in the office before I signed my lease and was told I had absolutely nothing to worry about,â€? Hillary Hunt, a market management senior at USA said. â€œThis is outrageous.â€? â€œI am a non-student who uses the rec center regularly,â€? Libby Jones, a USA alumna said when considering the state of parking at USAâ€™s recreation center once The Edge is complete. â€œI donâ€™t know where or how, but there definitely needs to be more parking designated for rec center users. If Edge residents park there during the day as well, it will be a major source of frustration for everyone.â€? However, others believe in The Edgeâ€™s plan and report satisfactory communication with the company. â€œActually, this is a temporary problem,â€? Michelle Vajgrt, a student at USA said. â€œIf you call and calmly speak with them, they are up front about everything going on and are trying to help the best they can.â€? The surge of feedback from the announcement led The Edge Apartments on Facebook to reply with â€œJust to clarify, The Edge Developers have procured adjacent land to accommodate our residents who are #1 priority. We will be able to provide an additional update on timing on August 12th. We will be providing updates regularly on this important issue as information is available.â€? Like facebook.com/TheVanguardUSA on Facebook to follow this story as it develops this week and other USA news that affects you.
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Mobile venues to bring great live music this fall Five days to JagFest By STUART SOX email@example.com
The live music scene in downtown Mobile offers many interesting music venues that showcase bands and musicians from a wide variety of genres. This fall will be no different as venues like the Alabama Music Box and the Soul Kitchen will host many lineups that students at the University of South Alabama are bound to enjoy. The Alabama Music Box is an intimate live music venue and bar that is situated in the middle of the lower area of Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. This venue regularly hosts musical acts from various genres including indie rock, hip-hop and more. The Alabama Music Box even holds karaoke nights on Mondays at 9 p.m. “I love the music box because you can watch the show from either the floor or the balcony inside,” said Laura Fliegel, a junior French major at South Alabama. Fliegel added, “If you don’t
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The Eastern Sea (pictured) played at the Alabama Music Box on Aug. 6. feel like dancing or you aren’t into whoever’s playing you can chill and watch from the balcony.” Surfer Blood, a popular indie rock band, will be at the Alabama Music Box on Oct. 30. For a calendar of
events at the Alabama Music Box, visit their Facebook page or their website, www.alabamamusicbox.net. The Soul Kitchen is another popular music venue in downtown Mobile that has hosted some big names in the
past. It has been the scene of shows from bands and musicians like Breathe Carolina, Chevelle, Matisyahu, Explosions in the Sky and many more. See Music scene Page 7
Dream Strike Lake: Every bass fisherman’s fantasy By PATRICK HAUTAU email@example.com
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Patrick Hautau catches a 4-pound bass on Dreak Strike Lake.
Dream Strike Lake is a 50-acre, trophy bass lake located in the quiet town of Lucedale, Miss. The lake is privately owned by a man called Mr. Mike, who built the lake in 2002, and began stocking it with bass in 2004. Dream Strike was initially stocked half with Native Largemouth Bass and half with Florida Bass. These bass breed to make the famous F-1 or “Tiger Bass.” Tiger Bass typically are aggressive and grow quickly. According to www.americansportfish.com, they can gain up to 2 pounds a year. With the bass now reaching eight years old, Mr. Mike said, “We have 10-pound fish in here no doubt, one should be caught soon.” This is not hard to believe considering the most recent lake record as of a few weeks ago at 9.9 pounds. The lake is also stocked with bream and Channel catfish. Bass are catch-and-release only. However, you can harvest bream and catfish. On my trip to Dream Strike, Mr. Mike was gracious enough to allow me to fish. This lake is far from disappointing. Fishing in the middle of the day, bites were hard to come by, but
that didn’t stop us from catching two 6-pound bass and several 2-4 pounders. With the sight of bass chasing shad on top of the water all day, the excitement never stopped. “Anytime to fish is a great time,” Mr. Mike said. “It’s a sunrise to sunset opportunity here.” As if catching big bass wasn’t enough, the hospitality of Mr. Mike was unbeatable. I highly recommend making a trip out to Dream Strike Lake. It costs $50 per person to fish all day or $30 to fish from 3:00 p.m. until sunset. You can fish from the bank or from a boat, but a boat is recommended. There is a concrete boat ramp at the lake able to launch any size bass boat. Mr. Mike also has a boat for rent for $50 a day. There is also a beautiful lake house that sleeps four people for rent for $125 a night, Mr. Mike stressed that no wild parties would be tolerated. For more information you can go to their website www.dreamstrikelake.com or find them on Facebook.
This year South Alabama celebrates its 19th annual Jag Fest. Jag Fest is an all-day event hosted by the Offices of the President, Student Affairs, and New Student Orientation. Jag Fest is specifically designed for freshmen and transfer students, but all students are welcome to attend. This year, Jag Fest will be held Aug. 17. On that day, students will begin to move into residence halls from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will be welcomed by USA’s acting president, deans, faculty, staff and various student organization members. Following move-in, students will be able to attend the campus fair. The campus fair will be held at the Mitchell Center from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. During the campus fair, students will have the opportunity to win door prizes, get refreshments and browse more than 100 information booths set up by local organizations, businesses and community representatives. These booths will include apartment complexes, banks, churches, food vendors, non-profit organizations and many of South Alabama’s student organizations. Dinner will be served at the President’s Dinner Buffet from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Mitchell Center. Student Colby Bordon who attended Jag Fest last year said, “[it] helps you meet new people… we had a good time when we went.” The main goal of Jag Fest is to show hospitality and to integrate students. Jag Fest helps students become aware of the countless ways to get involved in both the university and the community, while also welcoming them to the newest chapter of their lives: college.
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“The Soul Kitchen isn’t as big as some other venues, but it has an intimate feel like nowhere else I’ve been,” said Cam Ridley, a junior exercise science major at USA. The Soul Kitchen already has some popular names on their calendar for this fall. Anyone who loves dubstep and electronic music should make every effort to see Gramatik at the Soul Kitchen on Friday, Sept. 20. On Friday, Oct. 11, the Soul Kitchen will host a performance from former teen pop star Aaron Carter. The Soul Kitchen also frequently hosts Glow Rage, a paint rave that tours all over the Gulf Coast region, throwing massive parties with light shows, DJs and gallons of neon paint. “I think Glow Rage gives students much needed fun throughout the year,” says sophomore mechanical engineering major Bret Nolen. “It helps you loosen up and it’s always a good time,” Nolen added. Like the Alabama Music Box, the Soul Kitchen is also located on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. Visit their Facebook page or www. soulkitchenmobile.com to view their calendar for upcoming events and performances. Apart from the music venues, downtown Mobile also hosts two music festivals, Bayfest and SouthSounds Music Festival. Bayfest 2013 will be held Oct. 4-6. SouthSounds Music Festival, which features bands and musicians from all over the southeast, will take place during the spring semester of 2014.
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