Haunted Hill

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Halloween is just around the corner! With that being said, so is Troy University’s Haunted Hill!

Haunted Hill is an annual holiday event held yearly on sorority hill! All of the Greek organizations come together, dressed in their costumes, pass out candy, and every house on the hill has a different carnival game. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy the festivities!

This is a great way for the Greek community to give back! It is always such a fun event! This will be my third year attending the event, and I look forward to it every year!

Sorority Haunted Hill will begin at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. It will last one hour at the sorority houses off Elm Street. Children of faculty, staff, and students are invited! There will be trick or treating, carnival games, and fun for all ages! This is also a great event to bring your little brother or sister to! This is a FREE event!

This year they also even added in something new! There will be a bonfire pep rally featuring the Troy University cheerleaders, Troy University Sound of the South band, football players, and even head football coach Larry Blakney! It will begin right before trick or treating starts.

Video: http://youtu.be/sr-EW2G5gz8

This is one of my favorite parts of being in a sorority! Sorority Haunted Hill ties in two of my favorite things! My favorite holiday, Halloween, and spending time with children! My family owns daycare centers in south Alabama, so I was raised caring for children! There is nothing more rewarding than making a child’s day. Sorority Hill will be flooded tonight with little ghosts, superheroes, princesses, and fairies! It is bound, as always, to be a great time! I hope to see you there!

(Photo creds: Trojan Today daily student Email)


Intramural Sports

>Intramural Sports

Did you play sports in high school? Ever wanted to? Being a part of a sports team is such an amazing bond. It can also create lifelong friendships and teach one multiple lessons about life, working with others, and even themselves! Not to mention everyone is advised to get an hour of physical exercise, 4-5 days a week.

With all of that being said, there is way to get all of this in college!!! The way is through Troy University’s Intramural Sports!

Almost every sport imaginable is offered! The Troy University Intramural Sports Department serves as a recreational outlet for TROY students. Our department offers a variety of sports in order to accommodate TROY University’s dynamic student body (via website). Students and organizations can enroll a team to play in sports like ping pong, flag football, volleyball, tennis, water polo, ultimate Frisbee, and soccer.. just to name a few.

Speaking of soccer, the deadline to sing up for this sport is this week!!! Deadline to enter is this Wednesday, October 30, 2013! Roster fees for each will be $15. There will be a mandatory captains’ meeting Friday, November 1st at 3:00 pm in Lee 148 for each team captain. Failure to attend this meeting will result in forfeiture of you or your team’s eligibility in the tournament (via Trojan Today email announcement).

For any additional information you may contact Aaron Martin – Coordinator, located in the Troy University Intramural Sports Department in Lee Natatorium. Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:00am – 3:00pm

You can also follow the Troy Campus Rec at @TroyCampusRec on Twitter!

Photo creds: http://trojan.troy.edu/intramurals/

Who are you?

“Who are you?” This is a question some may find easy to answer, and some may not. This person often changes for people as the get older. If you would’ve asked me this question when I was 15 years old, I would’ve answered something completely different than I would now at 21. Numerous things contribute to someone growing up and growing into someone different periodically. Society, high school, values, morals, graduation, transitions from high school to college, getting a first job, relationships, the ending to these relationships, and the list continues. There a few things to always hold onto, however, to ensure one doesn’t completely lose their selves through lives changes. Number one would be to keep the values and beliefs your parents instilled in you always. Life will continuously throw you curve balls, often times one right after the other, when you’re just now rounding third base, but you’ve got to keep swinging! Another thing to always keep with you is a lifelong true friend. I personally have had the same best friend since third grade. She is now my college room mate. True and great friends are so hard to come by now days, and I know I am so lucky to have her. I had to learn the rule of thumb on true friendships the hard way. If I could go speak to a group of 15 year olds and give them advice I would make sure they knew that a true friend encourages, loves, supports, and never fails .. at all times. There will be many things growing up that try to change who someone is along this trail we call life, but if you hold dear the list of things that got you where you are now, they will help you get to where you want to be.

The Greek System Gives Back


The Greek community here at Troy University is consistently striving to give back! Each Greek organization has their own philanthropy. Philanthropy events and fundraisers are held year round in goals to raise money for their specific cause.

This week in particular, it is two separate sororities’ philanthropy weeks. The Kappa Gamma chapter of Phi Mu here at Troy University and the Delta Delta chapter of Kappa Delta are both spending this week raising money for their causes. Phi Mu’s national philanthropy is The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and Kappa Delta’s is Prevent Child Abuse America.

This week Phi Mu will be rolling a giant beach ball around campus. It is $1.00 to sign the ball. Also, there is a “Mr. Phi Mu” fundraising event. A group of gentlemen are nominated and their donation jars are set up outside of the Trojan Center.

Phi Mu’s main event will be the annual Nacho Eating Contest sponsored by Mama Goldberg’s. It is $10.00 to enter and there is a separate male and female division. The male winner will receive a Wii gaming console, and the female winner will receive a Kindle Fire reading device. Also, anyone who eats at Mama Goldberg’s Friday night from 6-10 p.m. and says it is for Phi Mu, 10% of the proceeds will go to Phi Mu’s philanthropy. There is also a raffle auction to be held at the Nacho Eating Contest, and those interested can purchase a $1.00 raffle ticket. The prizes raffled will be various items from local businesses. All proceeds go to the Children’s Network Hospital directly in Birmingham, AL.

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Kappa Delta’s philanthropy events will include an afternoon at Village Coffee from 3-9, where 25% of their sales will go towards their fundraiser. Their main event will be the 2nd annual ‘Delta Shamrock Flag Football Tournament’ October 19th with kickoff being at 10:00 a.m. 80% of all funds raised from the entire project will stay local and will be given to the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center.

Hidden Talent

Troy University is FULL of hidden talent!! There are multiple organizations to be involved in on campus to showcase a student’s hidden talents! To list a few are Populous, Troy Arts Council, Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble, The Musical Theatre Ensemble, The Musical Theatre Studio and The Sound of the South marching band.

This week the Troy Arts Council presented ‘Riders in the Sky’. The tickets are available free to any student interested in the Trojan Center, room 215 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo cred: http://www.troy.edu/college-of-communication-and-fine-arts/theatre.html

Guest Speakers!!

WTVY anchor Kim Allen

“The Troy University chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists invites all broadcast and print/multimedia journalism majors to a workshop on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the 107 Wallace Hall conference room. Speakers will be WTVY news director Kim Allen, from the CBS-affiliated station in Dothan, and Robbyn Brooks Taylor, managing editor of The Messenger newspaper in Troy. All majors are invited to come hear what they have to say about resume reels, portfolios, and what professionals want from journalism applicants”(announcement via organization).”

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide (via website). The Troy University chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month this semester at 6 p.m. in the Wallace Hall 107 conference room. NABJ is open to all students. If you are interested in joining nationally you may visit https://nabj.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp

Photo Cred:http://www.wtvy.com/station/bios/news/125666333.html
Photo Cred:http://www.troymessenger.com/services/about-us/

Troy University Homecoming Week 2013

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There is a lot of excitement on Troy University’s campus this week! Homecoming 2013 has officially arrived!! This year’s theme is “A Hero’s Homecoming: Troy Saves the Day!” Our nation’s military is where the idea formed from. From students, to organizations and clubs, faculty and staff, everyone is anticipating and preparing for a week full of festivities!

There are many different events for anyone interested on campus to be involved in this week!!! Here is a schedule of events:

Monday, September 30th:

Candy Count in Trojan Center 9:00AM-4:00PM
Blood Bowl Blood Drive
Dance Night @ 7:00PM Claudia Crosby
Homecoming Court- Themed Appearance (Mid-Formal)

Tuesday, October 1st:

Superhero Movie Night @ 6:30PM Location TBD
Wednesday, October 2nd
UAC Comedian @ 7:00PM in Claudia Crosby

Thursday, October 3rd:

Spread the Trojan Love Day 9:00-4:00 Bibb Graves Quad
Skit Night @ 7:00PM in Claudia Crosby

Friday, October 4th:

Tailgate for Troops 4:00PM-6:00PM on Tailgate Terrace
Pep Rally @ Dusk (approx. 6:30PM) on Bibb Graves Quad- Fireworks to Follow

Saturday, October 5th:

TBA Parade Float line up; judging begins
TBA Parade begins in Downtown Troy University
Sound of the South Pre-Game; Homecoming Court Introduced
12:00PM Homecoming Game: TROY vs. South Alabama
Service Day Recap Video between 1st and 2nd Quarter
Halftime events: Announce Homecoming Queen and Dr. John Schmidt Service Award Winners
Homecoming Winners Announced between 3rd and 4th Quarters on Field
7:00PM Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show in Sartain
(via http://trojan.troy.edu/sga/assets/documents/homecoming/2013/2013_HOMECOMING_PACKET.pdf)

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“Homecoming is more than just a competition among organizations. It is also a time for students to embrace
their Trojan pride and have a fun, exciting week leading up to the Homecoming Football game. This year,
numerous events will be held throughout the week in which all students may take part.”
These events are:
Daily trivia, Door Decorating Contest for faculty and staff and ON CAMPUS students/RHA dorms, Candy Count, “Be a Hero!”, and multiple social media contests! For more information on those you can visit the Homecoming packet website listed above!


The Trojans are set to play The University of South Alabama Jaguars Saturday! The game will start at 12:00 noon! Tailgating will be beforehand at both the new tailgating area, beside the Trojan Arena, and on Shackelford Quad!
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Homecoming Court Elections!!

Homecoming 2013 is NEXT WEEK at Troy University!!! This means homecoming court elections took place this past week. 33 girls were nominated from student organization’s across the university.HC Court ElectionsPhoto Cred: Trojan Today E-Mail

Elections were held Wednesday with over 1,500 students partaking in voting and breaking the school records! Homecoming will take place September 30-October 5. Five women were selected to serve Troy University on the 2013 homecoming court, and we are waiting for those to be announced. Catch my next blog update for information on all of the Homecoming excitement!!!


The Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s annual “J-Day” took place Thursday, September 26 this year!”J-Day”, short for “Journalism Day”, is a day hosted by multiple members of the department each year. “The Troy University Hall School of Journalism and Communication is proud to present J-day each fall in order to educate future college students about the options they have when choosing a career path in the fields of journalism or communication” (via J-Day website).

J-DAY(Photo cred: J-Day website)

As quoted from their website, which you can conveniently find the link to by clicking on the first “J-Day”, “By taking advantage of J-Day and the opportunity to peer inside the machine, so to speak, motivated students gain the advantage of seeing not only how things work here, but also whether or not the fields of journalism or communication are the proper fit for them.”

A few of the workshops to choose from are:
•Layout & Design
•Social Digital Media
•Feature Writing
•Ad Sales
•Sports Reporting
•Broadcast News
•Graphics/Desktop Publishing
•Ad Design & Writing
•Legal Issues
•Yearbook Design


Registration is done online through http://jschool.troy.edu/~jday/?page_id=11

If you would like any extra information please feel free to ask Kate Rowinsky at 334-670-3583 or email her at krowinsky@troy.edu

Troy University’s Red Cross Club


The Red Cross Club had it’s first meeting of the year here at Troy University on Tuesday, September 17. Red Cross is an international organization that cares for the sick, wounded, or homeless in wartime (via http://www.redcross.org). This is a volunteer organization which main focus is giving back and assisting those in need when help is needed the most.

The President for the club here at Troy University is Bethany Wilson. Other officers include Vice President Rachael Lee, Secretary Alexa McMann, Public Relations Chair Anna Catherine Burdine, and Treasurer Molly Baker.

Dues for this club will be $15 and are due by the next meeting. In Tuesday’s meeting the club nominated Bethany for Troy University’s Homecoming Court 2013. They also discussed fundraising ideas for the upcoming year. The club hopes to have one fundraising event per semester, and all proceeds will be given to the local Red Cross. A few ideas discussed were a movie night on campus, a “Red” Color Run, a bake sale, or a “face pie” on campus.

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There is also a Facebook group that you can be added to if you are interested in joining the club. This will be the club’s main source of communication. You can find that page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141612705983822/

If you are interested in joining the Red Cross Club at Troy University, the next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m. in the Trojan Center in room 212.