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President movies that are worth watching

Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor

President’s Day means a lot more than just a day off from classes. It is a holiday that was created to honor presidents who made bettering this country their number one priority. Though this holiday is meant to celebrate all the presidents that the U.S. has had since gaining independence, it focuses on Washington and Lincoln the most. In honor of the patriotic holiday, here’s a list of the greatest movies based on presidents.

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Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins

Madison Bailey, Correspondent

The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the third impeachment trial ever of a U.S. president, officially began when the impeachment articles were read in the Senate and Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 16.

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SGA Senate votes to establish Presidential Cabinet

Scott Young, News Editor

The Jacksonville State University Student Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill to establish a Presidential Cabinet in their first meeting of the academic year on Monday, Sept. 16 in the auditorium of the Theron Montgomery Building.

The bill, authored by Sens. Paige Harles and Natalie Walls, allows the SGA President to nominate six members to the Presidential Cabinet who are then confirmed by the Student Senate. Each of the six Cabinet members represent one of the six schools at JSU.

The duties of the Presidential Cabinet will be to meet monthly with the SGA President to discuss issues pertinent to their specific school and advise the SGA President.

“[The SGA President] needs a Cabinet to perform his duties,” said Harles. “If you have individuals from these schools that can help with problems that are arising … it allows for communication to become clear.”

In order to be eligible for the Presidential Cabinet, members must have completed 24 hours at Jacksonville State University and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Sen. Guadalupe Orozco initially raised concerns that a 2.5 GPA minimum for the Presidential Cabinet is too low and introduced an amendment to raise the requirement to a 3.0 GPA.

“Since they’re going to be representing an entire school of the university, don’t you think they should have at least a 3.0?” Orozco asked.

Walls responded by saying that people make mistakes and that a 2.5 GPA is adequate.

“Not everyone started out on a great foot their freshman year but that does not mean that they should not be disqualified later on to do better things,” said Walls.

Sen. Zavius Kidd asked Orozco if he believes “a GPA says a lot about a person”.

“I do,” Orozco responded. “If you’re making high grades, that means you’re coming to class and paying attention. If you have a low GPA, that probably means you’re probably not really coming to class and if you are, you’re probably not doing your work.”

Kidd said that he disagrees with Orozco and strongly rejected the amendment proposed.

“A GPA is nothing but a number,” said Kidd. “It does not define who a person is. There are many people who don’t have good GPA’s or have a college degree that are doing great things. This is just downgrading to say that a number defines a person.”

The amendment to raise the requirement to a 3.0 GPA was defeated in the Senate after a series of questions and debate.

Sen. James King inquired the authors about graduate student representation in the Presidential Cabinet.

“How will graduate students within those schools be represented?” King asked. “As their class structure and curriculum is completely different.”

Sen. Noah Davis echoed King’s concern about graduate representation in the new Cabinet.

“The problems that face graduate students are different than those that face undergrad,” said Davis.

“Even thought there is only one person, multiple subjects and ideas can be communicated during the meetings,” said Walls.

Kidd proposed a possible position for graduate students to be represented in each school.

“I think the more people that are present in the Cabinet gums up the process in general and leads to conflict of interest,” said Walls.

No amendments were proposed addressing the concerns of graduate representation and the Senate voted unanimously to approve the bill establishing a Presidential Cabinet.

Other business

  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Mausam Parajuli, Britney Barker and Alayah Washington to the Senate for the 2019-2020 term.
  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Alayah Washington as the Vice President of the Student Activities Council.
  • The SGA Senate tabled a bill to change the last day to submit a bill to the Senate from the end of the business day Tuesday to the end of the business day Friday. The bill was tabled due to a typo and will be considered in the next meeting.
  • The SGA Senate amended text in the Code of Laws to require candidate meetings for the Spring general election to be held no later than the business day after applications are due.
  • The SGA Senate amended text in the Code of Laws to require candidate meetings for the Homecoming election to be held no later than the business day after applications are due.
  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Laci Gurganus, former SGA vice president of student senate, to serve as the SGA executive assistant for 2019-2020.
  • The SGA Senate voted to approve SGA President Ulises Herrera’s nominations of Taylor Anne Beckham to the Presidential Cabinet as a representative of the School of Science and Brock Shafer to the Presidential Cabinet as a representative of the School of Pre-Health Professions and Wellness.
  • The SGA Senate passed a resolution to honor the Jacksonville State University’s baseball team for winning the 2019 OVC baseball championship.
  • The SGA Senate passed a resolution to nominate the JSU Tabletop and CCG Club for the Organization of the Year award.
  • Student Judiciary Advocate Emily Barfield swore in new members of the Senate and Presidential Cabinet.

Officer reports

“Please be posting all of the flyers that we are putting up on the Facebook page,” said Kathleen Seibert, the SGA vice president of public relations, in reference to homecoming publicity. “Please push those out so we can get as big of a turn out as we can.”

Will Bowen, the SGA vice president of organizational affairs, urged student organizations to submit tailgate request spots to him for Family Weekend, which is taking place on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 across campus.

Desmond Thomas, the SGA vice president of student activities, said that applications for Student Activities Council are open all year and that students interested in applying should reach out to him. He added that several JSU events had to be rescheduled and that October would be an event-filled month.

“By the end of this semester, everything that’s tornado related, except for the new buildings, will be done,” said Ulises Herrera, the SGA president.

Herrera went on to say that two committees are searching for a new dean for the School of Business and Industry and the School of Health Professions and Wellness. He stated that the goal is to have both positions hired before the end of the semester and for them to take their positions in January.

Jerod Sharp, the SGA vice president of student senate, announced that applications for homecoming are listed on the JSU website under ‘SGA forms’ and that he wants to push “more than ten guys participating in the homecoming showcase.”

Photo courtesy of Grace Cockrell/JSU

Beehler feels ‘at home’ at JSU

Even though President John M. Beehler has only been on campus two months, he said he already feels at home in Jacksonville. “I grew up in a really small town in the Appalachian Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania called the Pocono Mountains. It’s very much like home here with all the mountains and nature,” Beehler said.

For the past two months, Beehler and his wife Pamela have been staying in the Patterson Hall dorms while their house is being renovated.

Since the renovations have been delayed, he believes they will not be living in the house until Thanksgiving. However, Beehler is taking advantage of living in the dorm.

During welcome weekend, he helped incoming students move in. “For about two hours I was carrying things up to dorm rooms with parents and students. It was sort of funny because some of them recognized me and some of them didn’t,” he said.


Beehler and his wife Pamela have been married for 37 years. She holds a doctorate in kinesiology (exercise science/human performance) from Indiana University and was a professor for 30 years.

“She works as a Chief Scientific Officer for a startup company that develops software to measure brain performance,” Beehler said. She also played softball and basketball at Penn State University.

“She can help the university not only in the social aspect of being a first lady, but also in academics and sports,” he said.

The Beehlers have one daughter who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army.


Beehler said that in order for JSU to prosper, the school would have to act more like a private institution. In response to declining state funding, he plans to implement a three-prong focus on enrollment, student success and fundraising.

“We have had a declining trend in enrollment which we need to reverse. My most immediate concern and project will be to try to find out what we are doing in enrollment and student success — because they go together,” Beehler said.

He plans to use his fundraising experience “to build a culture of philanthropy here.”

Beehler believes regional stewardship is a duty of state regional universities.

A large part of his mission as President is to try and help northeastern Alabama grow and prosper. “Our Education school can help local schools to improve; our business school can help businesses to improve. We can take the expertise we have and transfer it out through a lot of engagement and interaction with our community,” he said.


Beehler previously served as dean of the School of Business at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Prior to working at Robert Morris, he served as founding provost and vice president for academic excellence and student success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, associate provost for economic initiatives and dean of the College of Business at Northern Kentucky University, dean of the School of Business at Wichita State University, and associate dean at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Beehler received his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University.

He earned his MBA in Finance and Taxation and his doctorate in Accounting and Taxation with a minor in Law from Indiana University.

Beehler is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education Management and Development Program and the American Academic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy.

Adam Higgins

Associate Editor