Best of SNO

First Monster Pumpkin Festival in Pittsburgh is a smash hit

First Monster Pumpkin Festival in Pittsburgh is a smash hit

By Megan Shandel, Robert Morris University

January 15, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

PITTSBURGH -- Pumpkin patches have been popping up all over western Pennsylvania for the fall season, but Pittsburgh had bigger plans. Pittsburgh held the city’s first Monster Pumpkin Festival Oct. 20 and 21 on the North Shore riverwalk, and it was a smash hit. One of the many pumpkin activities...

Carney’s Corner: Was Dayton a culture-changing win?

Carney’s Corner: Was Dayton a culture-changing win?

By Logan Carney, Robert Morris University

January 14, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

Last week, for the first time in 17 years, Robert Morris defeated a great FCS program in Dayton by the score of 13-10. Only head equipment manager Ray Butter was on the staff the last time this team beat Dayton. Some people don’t want you to think too much into the first game of the season. ...

Stephens’ milestone performance is a symbol of RMU’s offensive revival

Stephens’ milestone performance is a symbol of RMU’s offensive revival

By Sam Anthony, Robert Morris University

January 14, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

This past weekend, RMU football running back Terence Stephens made history. Stephens became the first player since the legendary Tim Hall to record a game with over 100 receiving and rushing yards. Hall accomplished this feat in the very first season of RMU football. But if you ask Stephens, the soft-spoken...

Eric McAllister discusses how RMU football’s growth as a team has paid dividends on the field

Eric McAllister discusses how RMU football’s growth as a team has paid dividends on the field

By Samuel Anthony, Robert Morris University

January 7, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

To put it bluntly, the Robert Morris football team has been having a good year offensively. Minus the one game in which they played a far superior James Madison team, the Colonials have put up a combined 131 points in four games which is good for 32.75 points per game. A team that can put up 30 points...

Redshirt freshman Alijah Jackson’s speed looks to be the difference for Robert Morris

Redshirt freshman Alijah Jackson’s speed looks to be the difference for Robert Morris

By Samuel Anthony, Robert Morris University

January 4, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

"I just have to focus on my speed and I trust my eyes," said redshirt freshman running back Alijah Jackson of the Robert Morris football team. In the Colonials last match-up against the Bryant Bulldogs, Jackson ran for 109 yards. He became the first RMU player to do so since the 2015 season. With...

Spinning Jenny to perform in nationwide tournament

Spinning Jenny to perform in nationwide tournament

By Garret Roberts, Robert Morris University

January 4, 2019


Filed under College Reporting

MOON TOWNSHIP - Spinning Jenny has announced that they will be participating in Topgolf’s series “Who Will Rock You?” at the end of this month. Featuring musicians from across the nation, the local band will compete in Nashville for the grand prize of a Topgolf sponsored tour and $25,000. “R...

Frisco Bound

Frisco Bound

By Taylor Newquist, Eastern Washington University

December 27, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

No last second plays, no heartbreaks and no doubt. After powering through Maine, EWU will go to Frisco, Texas to play for the program’s second FCS national championship on Jan 5. The No. 3 seed Eagles (12-2) beat the No. 7 seed Blackbears (10-3) 50-19 in Cheney on Saturday, to snap a three game...

Finding tranquility in chaos

Finding tranquility in chaos

By Lauren A. Spates, Santa Rosa Junior College

December 27, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

He flips down his welding helmet and focuses on the task at hand. The air around him feels thick, the heat in the classroom oppressive from his latest assignment. He lights his torch and watches a flame dance from its tip, a flame he’ll use to melt multiple metals during his latest welding class. But h...

SRJC student documents ‘migrant caravan’

SRJC student documents ‘migrant caravan’

By Séamus Reed, Santa Rosa Junior College

December 20, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Santa Rosa Junior College student Joshua Torres saw a tractor-trailer arrive and start to unload passengers. The container had been modified to hold a second deck of people, and he counted around 75 climb out of the truck. They had come to Tijuana from Mexicali, more than 90 miles away, in the back of...

A ‘Nu’ sorority on campus

A ‘Nu’ sorority on campus

By Rachel Heimann, Rhodes College

December 18, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

The Numinous Nu Phi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, at Rhodes College hosted a celebration of their chartering on Nov. 30 in the Spence Wilson Room. This historic event is especially notable for Rhodes College since this was the first chartering of a sorority on campus in over 20 years....

Diversity Week Shows Importance of Pronouns, Respecting Them

Diversity Week Shows Importance of Pronouns, Respecting Them

By Megan Parker, The University of Akron

December 17, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Union of Akron and Campus Programs sponsored “Hello! My Pronouns are…” on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to help students understand different gender identities and the importance of respecting pronouns. This event was one of several planned during Diversity Week ...

Stories Through Imagery: How Artist Elise Radzialowski Aspires to Inspire

Stories Through Imagery: How Artist Elise Radzialowski Aspires to Inspire

By Jake Herron, The University of Akron

December 17, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Artist Elise Radzialowski takes inspiration from Grimm’s fairy tales in her works. The award-winning illustrator majoring in Painting and Drawing from The University of Akron reclaims fairytale imagery to tell stories of modern persons in sequential paintings, according to her biography. “...

John Green Talks Program Review, Interim Presidency

John Green Talks Program Review, Interim Presidency

By Jake Herron, The University of Akron

December 14, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Amid mixed reactions regarding a recent restructuring of UA’s academic programs from the University community and beyond, Interim President Dr. John Green spoke out. Reflecting on the “painful” decisions leading to the loss of 19 percent of degree programs at The University of Akron and sharing hope for new are...

Veterans recognized on the ice

Veterans recognized on the ice

By Drew Lawson, Eastern Washington University

December 10, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

On Veteran’s Day schools and workplaces around the country take pause to recognize those who have served in the military and armed forces, among those being service members are a number of EWU students, staff and alumni. Two players on the EWU hockey team, Zac Mindermann and Bobby LaRue, are a part...

ASEWU President Dante Tyler settles into new role

ASEWU President Dante Tyler settles into new role

By Jeremy Burnham, Eastern Washington University

December 10, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

With the first two weeks of school finished, many students are settling into their new classes. One such student is senior Dante Tyler. However, new classes aren’t the only thing Tyler is adjusting to. He is also entering his final year as a thrower on the EWU track and field team and is starting ...

‘Stand Up to Suicide’ Gives Students Suicide Awareness, Empowerment

‘Stand Up to Suicide’ Gives Students Suicide Awareness, Empowerment

By Brooklyn Dennison, The University of Akron

December 4, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Rainy days did not stop Katie Hickman from pursuing her honors project, Stand Up to Suicide, which was dedicated to raising awareness about suicide and empowering those who may have been impacted by it. For her project, Hickman displayed 123 chairs in Coleman Commons to symbolize 123 lives lost to s...

Truck driver spreads comedy around Spokane area

Truck driver spreads comedy around Spokane area

By Michael Brock, Eastern Washington University

December 3, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

For years, Mark Morris has been cracking jokes to anyone who will listen. Now he’s getting paid for it. A truck driver by day, Morris performed at an open mic in 2016 on his 44th birthday as a bucket list item and instantly fell in love. “After the first open mic, I caught the bug and I’ve p...

Dynamite Season for Tarleton Volleyball continues

Dynamite Season for Tarleton Volleyball continues

By Bailey Rae Poer, Tarleton State University

November 28, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Resilient and hungry, those are just two words used to describe The Tarleton State University TexAnn’s Volleyball team. The TexAnns have been at the top of their game all season long with a school record of 29 victories in a season and a winning streak of 24 games during the season. Their continued...

A “Meso” Success: UNF assistant professor creates the first room-temperature metallic

A “Meso” Success: UNF assistant professor creates the first room-temperature metallic

By Daniela Toporek, University of North Florida

November 21, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Imagine better quality and durability of electronics, such as our beloved smartphones and game consoles, yet at a cheaper cost. Stephen Stagon, UNF assistant professor of mechanical engineering, may have created the invention that turns this possibility into reality. MesoGlue, the first room-temperature metal a...

Spotlight: Sigma Nu Fraternity brothers allege their chapter denied a gay student a bid due to sexual expression

Spotlight: Sigma Nu Fraternity brothers allege their chapter denied a gay student a bid due to sexual expression

By Jordan Hulseberg, Rhodes College

November 12, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Two Rhodes College Sigma Nu brothers have alleged their fraternity chapter denied a gay student a bid due to his sexual expression during Spring Rush last academic year. The two, who spoke to The Sou’wester on the condition of their anonymity, will be referred to as Mr. Red and Mr. Black. They claimed...

2016 Homecoming King proposes to 2018 Homecoming Queen

2016 Homecoming King proposes to 2018 Homecoming Queen

By Madison White and Francisco Castro

November 7, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

At the 2018 Homecoming Football game on Oct. 20, the Tarleton State University family was witness to a special union that will live on as a heartwarming memory. Following the crowning of the Homecoming Court, Tarleton graduate Wacey Horton approached his girlfriend of almost four years and nominee for...

Will SCCC students vote in midterms?

Will SCCC students vote in midterms?

By Michelle Mattich, Seward County Community College

November 7, 2018


Filed under College Reporting, Midterm Elections

Young voters are not expected to cast their ballots en masse in the November midterm elections. Seward County Community College voters seem to be no different than the predictions. More than 30 percent of students surveyed on campus said they did not intend to vote on Nov. 6. The reasons for not vo...

Paletero brings Mexican summer classic to Liberal neighborhoods

Paletero brings Mexican summer classic to Liberal neighborhoods

By Alondra Trevizo, Seward County Community College

November 7, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

The triple-digits of summer leave most people wanting one thing — ice cream. Rather than a large ice cream truck playing a loop of catchy tunes, Liberal has paleteros ringing two small bells on a push cart selling traditional Mexican ice cream and sorbet bars.  They stop at parks, walk residential streets...

Name of student-owned boutique at the center of controversy

Name of student-owned boutique at the center of controversy

By Joseph Kamin, Tarleton State University

November 6, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Editor’s note: Last spring, The JTAC published a story from a Tarleton student, Brooke Adams, in an attempt to highlight the work she is doing as an entrepreneur as owner of The Spunky Squaw. During the editorial process, The JTAC staff was unaware of the racist origin of the word “squaw.” At ...

OPINION: Papa Gone; Papa John’s removal is more than just combating bigotry, it’s business

OPINION: Papa Gone; Papa John’s removal is more than just combating bigotry, it’s business

By Noah Meyer, University of North Florida

November 1, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

UNF President David Szymanski surprised many on Aug. 1 when he declared in a message to students that the campus Papa John’s would be closing its doors due to the racist comments of its now ousted founder, John Schnatter. Schnatter, who has been the public face of the company, has repeatedly entered...

Details on Mitchell’s shooting emerge

Details on Mitchell’s shooting emerge

By Kaitlyn Engen, Eastern Washington University

November 1, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

One small-town grocery store. One disorderly man with a knife. Three bullet holes in the wall. One dead body. Questions still linger as the  Washington State Patrol investigates the events of Sept. 3. Mitchell’s Harvest Foods employees, like Rebecca Pettingill, try to process what they witnesse...

Wheelchair basketball strives for inclusivity

Wheelchair basketball strives for inclusivity

By Taylor Newquist, Eastern Washington University

October 31, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

In Washington state, there is only one place where a para-athlete can attend college and play sports at the same time, and that is at EWU. The EWU coed wheelchair basketball club was founded last year, and is one of 10 collegiate programs of its kind in the nation, according to the National Wheelcha...

A one-on-one take with Democrats top five candidates

A one-on-one take with Democrats top five candidates

By Jessica May, Carly Kramer, Alan Vargas, and Hannah Lee

October 30, 2018


Filed under College Reporting, Midterm Elections

On the evening of Aug. 9, five Democratic candidates came together at Jacksonville University to talk about policies and what makes them unique in order to poll as the majority candidate in the upcoming primary election. Kristian Thomas, a broadcast journalism senior at Florida A&M University, w...

Sam McPherson leads by strong example, perseverance

Sam McPherson leads by strong example, perseverance

By Taylor Newquist, Eastern Washington University

October 30, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Running back Sam McPherson is a leader on and off the field. He aims to put people before himself, which has led him to be one of 169 football players nationally to be nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Student-athletes nominated for the award show dedication to community service and a des...

First gender-inclusive floor open to students

First gender-inclusive floor open to students

By Richard N Clark IV, Eastern Washington University

October 30, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

A gender-inclusive housing accommodation will find its home on the 10th floor of Dressler Hall starting fall 2018, despite the Trump administration revoking protection for transgender and gender-nonconforming students. Gender-inclusive housing is an option in which two or more students share a room and co...

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