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‘Cocky Queens’ raises over $700 for The Magic City Acceptance Center

Miranda LaddCorrespondent 

Despite a few car troubles on Friday, November 15, drag queens took to the stage at Jacksonville State University and raised over $700 for a Birmingham LGBTQ nonprofit center.

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JSU Drama Department presents exciting 2019-20 season

Miranda Ladd, A&E Correspondent

Fall is in the air, and with that, the 2019-2020 Drama Department season will soon be in full swing.

Winston Drives Big Jim kicks off the new season on October 3. According to Chloe Barnes, this award-winning production written by Southern playwright Hubert Grissom, tells the story of “an unlikely friendship between a progressive Southern governor and his chauffeur as they drive through, witness and influence the emerging Civil Rights Movement.” This play includes the unforgettable Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Michelle Tailor, a Visiting Professor in Drama from New York City, has joined Jacksonville State University to direct the staged reading of the play and is looking forward to everyone’s response to this play’s look at mid-20th century Alabama.

The production of The Imaginary Invalid by Molière follows shortly after on November 15. This play focuses on Monsieur Argan, a chronic hypochondriac, deciding to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to quell his growing pile of medical bills. This play is meant to make you cry from laughing.

“Not only will this give our Drama students a chance to stretch their silly, farcical muscles, it will also be a real crowd-pleaser for our audiences as well,” said Dr. Michael Boynton, the director of this upcoming production.

Was it really the pea that caused the princess a sleepless night? In the spring, the JSU Drama Department will kick it off with Once Upon a Mattress, a twist on a popular story of The Princess and the Pea. This musical is a “fun, quirky take on the classic tale” and is a “taste for the whole family,” according to Director Dr. Ellen Peck.

The annual JSU Drama Student Showcase will be held on April 4 and 5, which will showcase work from student actors, directors and designers. This is a way to see what the Drama Department’s students work on throughout the year and a way to see all of their hard work.

Lastly, the year ends with The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. This play will be put on in conjunction with Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society at JSU.

According to Chloe Barnes, this student-led production tells the story of “a gifted young girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and increasing horror of her time with her honesty, wit and determination,” It captures the realities of their daily existence hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic.

Tickets for the 2019-20 season are already on sale. Season tickets include all five productions. For more information or to download an order form, go to www.jsu.edu/drama/boxoffice or call 256-782-5648. Season tickets for adults are $45, and $42 for JSU faculty, staff, students, as well as military and seniors 60 years of age or older. Single show tickets will go on sale October 1. To keep up with the drama department, follow them on social media or visit their website.

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Meet your 2019-2020 SGA executives

Miranda Ladd, News Correspondent

With the Fall semester here, freshness is in the air — fresh faces, new classes, new experiences and fresh Student Government Association representatives.

Ulises Herrera

Ulises Herrera, President

Herrera, a first generation college student majoring in Marketing, is JSU’s first Hispanic SGA President. He is from the small town of Cleveland, Ala. Outside of his responsibilities as SGA President and being a student, Herrera loves Starbucks, meeting new people and hanging out with friends. As President, Herrera wants everyone to know that he is here for the university. 

“No matter who you are or what your problems are, I am here for you,” said Herrera.

 He wants to hold the administration accountable along with advocating for student needs. His campain focuses on three main areas: address student issues through open forums, bring back a sexual assault awareness campagn and continue to unite the administration with the student body. His advice for students is to “reach out and get involved on campus” and “step outside of your comfort zone.” 

Stephen Sharp

Jerod Sharp, Vice President of Student Senate

Sharp graduated fourth in his class from Sylvania High School. He currently serves as a town councilman of Sylvania, Ala. He was the Vice President of SGA as well as class president in high school. Continuing his association with the SGA, he was accepted into Freshman Forum and served on the Student Activities Council. Sharp also served as a Freshman Forum Mentor, Parliamentarian for the Organizational Council and Governmental Relations Committee Head. 

Being in charge of the student legislature, Sharp hopes to promote “Senate Delegates,” where organizations on campus nominate a delegate to attend formal senate meetings to see what the student senate is all about. Sharp is in charge of the SGA Code of Laws, updating the living document after a bill passes and he works along the other four SGA officers. He is also a brother of Sigma Nu. 

William Bowen

Will Bowen, Vice President of Organizational Affairs

Bowen attended high school in Chelsea, Ala. and is a transfer student from UAB. Bowen transferred to JSU after his freshman year and now he is a senior majoring in Business Management with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and has represented JSU at the Collegiate Legislature. 

“I really look forward to this year and seeing all that we can do,” said Bowen.

In his position, he plans to grow the Cocky Connect system, bring new changes to the Organizational Council and advocate for student organizations on campus to further their development. Bowen enjoys hanging out with friends and learning how to play the guitar.

Desmond Thomas

Desmond Thomas, Vice President of Student Activities 

Thomas, a senior Business Finance major from Tuscaloosa, began his involvement and deep love for JSU during his freshman year. He got involved with Freshman Forum and it sparked his involvement in many other leadership opportunities such as being a JSU Ambassador, Student Senator, Freshman Forum Mentor and Collegiate Legislature Delegate. 

“I am super grateful for the opportunities and blessings that JSU has given me,” said Thomas. 

This is Thomas’s second year in office, and he wants to take events “to the next level.” He plans to focus heavily on student-centered events. 

In his free time, Thomas loves to go on adventures with his friends, eat and sleep. He hopes that if anyone ever has any questions, they will send him an email or stop by his office. 

Kathleen Seibert

Kathleen Seibert, Vice President of Public Relations

Seibert is a junior Communication major with a concentration in public relations. She is from Smiths Stations, Ala. and throughout high school, Seibert cheered for two years and then joined theater for her junior and senior year. She was a member of the National Beta Club and National Honor Society. 

Once at JSU she joined Delta Zeta and she currently serves as her chapter’s Vice President of Philanthropy. She also has taken part in Freshman Forum, has served as a delegate for JSU at the YMCA Legislature for two years and she plans to serve as the Senate Clerk in 2020. Seibert is also a member of Zeta Phi Eta and JSU’s Honors Program. She loves to read and travel, and is an avid theatre fan and has recently gotten into podcasts.

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