Category: Viewpoints

Relationships: The Undefined Complexity of College

Alyxxis Jones, A&E Correspondent

The life of a college student is anything but simple. Adding on a relationship to that creates complexity. For some, dating is just a priority, making things stressful. It is another block to put into an already packed schedule. Others seek the relief and comfort that a relationship provides. Dating becomes an escape from the stresses life throws. There are several pros and cons to relationship status in college. 

College is a breaking point for an individual. During this time, one discovers who they are and what they want to become. Going into it single is basically freedom. It’s control and independence of one’s own life. One may have more time for their work, school, religion, or social life. There’s no annoyances or expenses that another person brings. However, for the hopeless romantic, it can be lonely. Couples are put on display all over social media, television and other platforms. These influences push the desire to date. Truthfully, it’s hard to find the right one. It’s almost impossible to find someone that checks off every qualification. Without a significant other, there’s nobody to share life with. There’s no one to spoil or be spoiled by. Long nights of boredom, sitting on the couch watching other people’s romance. Many students workout at the campus gym. Some singles want to stay fit and feel healthy, as a form of self-love. 

A relationship is just another priority. It’s the downside of adding onto a busy schedule. One must learn how to balance things. This can become stressful. There won’t always be time to hangout. There are limitations. Sometimes more important priorities, such as school, work or a person’s religion will come first. Dating someone else is a package deal, even when their family, friends or personal interests are not enjoyable. Plus, going out on dates is expensive. Especially for college students that work part time and go to school full time. The last thing a student needs to worry about is resolving an argument with their other half. They can’t stay up talking all night when they have an exam the next morning. Also, in arguments, there has to be a compromise, people don’t always get what they want. The decisions a person makes have an effect on others. Unexpected things might happen. If a female gets pregnant, her future decisions are thrown off track. 

Adulting can be depressing. It’s even harder having to go through it alone. Many college students use apps like Tinder or Bumble to meet people. They want companionship, someone to rely on, talk to and spend time with. Having another person in one’s life makes it less stressful. Especially, in times of need. There is another person that can relate, offer advice or help with an issue. An individual is placed in new situations and surroundings; meeting their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s friends and family. A future with that person is foreseen. Having someone is like a distraction from everything else. It’s a different perspective of life, rather than seeing everything one way. Being in a relationship can increase self-esteem. An individual might feel more comfortable in their own skin, knowing that someone loves them. 

Overall, it’s an individual’s decision on whether they want to be in a relationship or not in college. Students should excel in a healthy relationship. However, if the relationship hurts them, they should reevaluate their situation. Staying single helps favor less distractions and a tight schedule. Whereas, dating provides a resort from the stress of life.

News Editor Scott Young says hello to readers

Scott Young, News Editor

Hey everybody! My name is Scott Young, and I’m so excited to be the new News Editor for the Chanticleer this year! I’m in my junior year at Jacksonville State and I am a communication major with a concentration in digital journalism.

Last year, I started my ‘career’ as a staff reporter for the Chanticleer, working under then Editor in Chief Daniel Mayes. My first story for the paper ended up being my most popular to date: the candlelight vigil held outside of Coop DeVille after it caught fire and temporarily closed.

When I began writing my first story for the Chanticleer, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I had not yet taken my major courses, so I had not been introduced to the AP stylebook or any news writing tips. I spent all night parsing over every word and making sure I had a story I considered worthy of publication. The next day when it was posted, it started gaining a lot of attention around campus and had been shared over 100 times on Facebook.

Though it was just a silly story about a candlelight vigil for a chicken wing eatery, it really inspired me to write more.

To me, journalism is about empowering an audience with the truth and in today’s media ecosystem, that is more important than ever before. Working for the Chanticleer and beyond, I want to facilitate a more ethical and honest way of reporting so that the truth is not distorted by fiction. People deserve to trust in their journalists and news outlets to give them accurate and well-rounded stories.

Again, I’m looking forward to this opportunity I have to positively impact student media at JSU and to report the truth to our student body. 

If you ever have any questions about the Chanticleer or anything else, feel free to contact me at my student email,

Delicious local food choices on a college budget

Miranda PrescottA&E Correspondent

Coming into the college world for the first time, many freshmen are searching for the best and most meaningful ways to spend their small stash of dollars. 

While this may include decorations for their dorm room or clothing, it also includes necessities, such as food. Since most of the dorms on campus do not have fully operational kitchens that students have free access to, home-cooked meals are almost impossible to come by. 

Also, let’s be honest here for a minute, the food on campus is good, but after a while, you’re bored of it. Luckily, I am here to tell you the best places to get food quickly and at the best price point. 

Here are three of my favorite places to eat in Jacksonville that have the best quality food for the best prices.

  1.       Cookout

This one is a given. Here, you can grab an entrée, two sides and a beverage for less than five dollars before tax, as well as choose from over 40 milkshake options. One of my favorites on their menu is the bacon cheddar hotdog. It is exactly what it sounds like: a hotdog with two strips of bacon and nacho cheese on top. Fair warning — it can be messy, but doesn’t any food that’s delicious have that problem? Cookout is also open until 2 a.m., meaning that you are pretty much set when it comes to staying out late and having somewhere to go for a quick bite.

  1.       Waffle House

Waffle House is always a viable option for anything. Saturday morning breakfast? Waffle House. 3 a.m. post study session meal? Waffle House. You just had your car break down and really need a pick-me-up? That’s right, Waffle House. You name the scenario, and nine times out of ten Waffle House will always be the answer you are so desperately looking for. Although it is most famous for its namesake waffles, there are options for lunch and dinner, and they will typically cost you less than ten dollars. I typically get the chocolate chip waffle with a side of bacon on a regular visit. However, if you can catch their seasonal blueberry waffle promotion, then do it. You will not regret that decision, I promise.

  1.       Domino’s

Now, it’s a little confusing for this choice to be on the list but hear me out. Domino’s has a deal on their website that allows you to order two pizzas, a bread side, a dessert and a two-liter soda for less than twenty dollars. So not only do you have lunch or dinner for one day, you have lunch and dinner for however long you can make those pizzas last. Now, not only do you get pizza that will last you a while, but you also do good in the world. That is a win-win scenario if I have ever heard of one.

There you go. You now have three of my favorite deals around the community. Yes, there are other deals that I believe are good choices out there, but the three I have listed are, in my opinion, the best you can get out of the food scene in Jacksonville. I really hope this helps with your quest to have food that is dorm-friendly, does not require you to actually cook the meal, and, most importantly, not from the same on-campus locations.

Photo courtesy of Cookout

Ready or Not — here they come

Breanna HillA&E Editor

Horror has always been one of my favorite genres when it comes to films. Despite some of them being overly predictable and in no way plausible, they continue to interest me to the point that I end up watching nothing but gory, spine-tingling movies whenever I get a chance to head to the theaters.

“Ready Or Not” piqued my interest immediately. This past Saturday, I made it to the movie theater and was able to see the film, and let me just tell you, it exceeded my expectations exponentially. 

Ready or Not is about a woman named Grace who marries into a wealthy yet peculiar family. On the night of her wedding her husband tells her that she has to play a game with the family in order to officially become one of them (kind of like a cult ritual). She ends up drawing the card that demands they play hide and seek. The father of the family tells her that she can hide anywhere in the house and that the only way for her to win this game is to stay hidden until dawn. Little did she know the danger that the game brought along with it. 

Grace, played by Samara Weaving, wants to gain the approval of her in-laws and hides, playing along with what she believes is an innocent game. Soon after she hides, she witnesses the murder of the babysitter and realizes she is being hunted because the family believes that if they don’t kill a new bride, they will die. 

The movie features incredible casting, plot twists and all the qualities that ensure a good thriller. By the end of it my mouth was wide open in shock. Though this movie seems to lack the jump scares that I was expecting, it was an incredible developed film. While being a very intense, edge of your seat type of film, the directors, producers and writers were able to insert bits of comic relief that made the film even that much more enjoyable. 

I urge every horror/thriller movie-enthusiast to make the trip to the theater to see this movie. I find it to be a fresh take on the thriller genre.

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Scary Stories and whatnot

Breihan Dryden, A&E Correspondent

I, like many other children, grew up reading the 1981 children’s horror classic “Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark.” 

I, like many other children, developed a love of horror fiction (and I’m pretty sure night terrors) from this collection of folk horror, coupled with its delightfully grotesque illustrations. 

In 2016, the world learned that Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro would be producing/co-writing an adaptation of the original story and I couldn’t be happier. “Seriously, the guy who made the folk horror classic ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and produced the absolutely chilling ‘The Orphanage’ is making this?” my excited horror geek mind asked. “What could possibly go wrong?” 

Fast forward four years and add acclaimed horror director Andre Ovredal (“example,” “example”) into the mix and we finally get to gaze upon the glorious teen horror that they have brought us.

Honest to God, I’m just happy that this film got made and is pretty good. 

Set in the late 60s, “Scary Stories” tells the tale of three friends and a crush cursed by the spooky kid killer Sarah Bellows. 

The kids irritate some bullies on Halloween and then hide in the car of this dude at a drive-in. After the bullies are asked to leave, the kids decide to go have a look at the old Bellows place, because it’s supposedly haunted, ya dig? It is haunted by the one and only Sarah Bellows, who was supposedly locked up in her basement following the death of some kids she would read to, through her wall. She hanged herself and now her ghost cries out, wishing only to read to the children from her book of scary stories to tell in the dark.

This is a movie best seen almost completely blind. If you’re like me and saw the posters and watched only the first trailer, then you’ll thoroughly dig this. 

From what I’ve heard, all the other trailers kind of spoil the movie rotten and that’s a darn shame, because the best thing this movie has going for it are the monsters and how they play in to each character’s life. Seriously, the monsters in this are absolutely eerie and lead to some of the most well-crafted scenes of terror I’ve seen since “Hereditary.” 

That’s not to say that this is some crazy horror classic, it isn’t. Ultimately, it’s teen horror exploitation at its most nostalgic. But it’s well-directed, with some fantastic shots and brilliant atmosphere provided by the film’s 1960s Halloween aesthetic. 

Should you go see “Spooky Tales Being Spoke of at Night?” Yes. Good God, yes. 

Give this movie all your money so we can get a sequel.