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Hot Take: “JSU officials misunderstand what is genuinely valuable…”

James Waller, News Correspondent

As knowledge of Jacksonville State University’s contract renewal with Sodexo’s food service has become public, I have noticed a worrying trend in the attitude cultivated by JSU’s officials. As of this fall semester, JSU’s undergraduate student enrollment is the highest it’s been since 2012, and JSU officials are motivated to appeal to this expanding student body by creating an environment in which the students feel content. But, I believe JSU officials misunderstand what is genuinely valuable to a collegiate.

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JSU approves new dining hall, mandatory commuter meal plans

James Waller, News Correspondent

In the Board of Trustees quarterly meeting where John Beehler was terminated as president, a new contract to build a $26 million dining hall and required $275 per semester commuter meal plan passed.

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JSU observes Hazing Prevention Week

James Waller, News Correspondent

With National Hazing Prevention Week behind us, celebrated at JSU from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, it’s important to maintain continuous awareness of the danger hazing poses, both to communities and an individual, in order to spread resources and knowledge about the risks of hazing.

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University holds ‘JSU Holocaust Remembrance’

James Waller, Staff Reporter


On the evening of April 2, Jacksonville State University held an assembly in Leone Cole Auditorium in remembrance of the Holocaust and those who were lost because of it.

The program, which is usually an annual event for JSU, was held for the first time since 2017 due to the March 19, 2018 tornadoes causing campus to close.  It was the first time since 1982 the event was not held at Jacksonville State.

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Eli Pinhas spoke at JSU’s campus on Tuesday about his family’s experience as Holocaust survivors.

The event is meant to help keep history alive as well as educating JSU students about the Holocaust.

“Every year, the Jacksonville State University Holocaust Remembrance Committee strives to retell the stories of the Holocaust to keep the voices from the past alive,” JSU’s website explains.

After the ceremony was introduced by Kasey Gamble, president of the university’s Student Government Association, winners of the Imagining the Holocaust Writing contest for high school and middle school students read excerpts of their work.

Second-generation Holocaust survivor Eli Pinhas spoke to the audience, telling stories of his family’s experience.

Pinhas’s talk began by detailing Jewish oppression through European history leading up to the Holocaust. Pinhas detailed the occupation of Greece during World War II and how it’s Jews were treated by the occupying German forces, abused, their homes taken, and eventually carted away to death camps outside of Greece.

Pinhas’s father, Morris, managed to escape by going to Athens, which was occupied by the Italians at the time. After Morris met Matilda, Eli’s mother, the two immigrated to the United States.

Pinhas was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but most of his extended family still resides in Thessaloniki, Greece.