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JSU goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Scott Young, News Editor

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide campaign held in October to increase awareness for the early detection of breast cancer and to raise money for research dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer. 

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SGA Senate passes anti-hazing, Cabinet eligibility bills

Scott Young, News Editor

The Jacksonville State University Student Senate voted to approve several bills: one that lays out the procedure for placing organizations that haze on probation and one that adds new requirements for members of the presidential cabinet.

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Cold front to arrive in Alabama on Monday

Scott YoungNews Editor

To those who dread the long and hot Alabama summers, relief may be on the way next week.

“If you’re tired of these hot temperatures, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel,” said the National Weather Service in Birmingham on Facebook. “Not a sure thing, but computer models starting to hint of a possible wx pattern change by week’s end.”

The National Weather Service said earlier this week that their computer models are indicating a cold front is set to pass through Alabama on Monday of next week, bringing with it much cooler air and a chance of showers.

“Cranky? Tired of the heat? Your time is coming; afternoon temperatures will be 20 degrees cooler next week,” said James Spann, an ABC 33/40 meterologist familiar to many Alabamians.

However, the high in Jacksonville is expected to remain in the upper 90’s for the remainder of the week, with temperatures dipping down in the 80’s over the weekend.

After the cold front passes, highs in Jacksonville next week are expected to be in the upper 70’s and low 80’s.

The cold front follows a week of record highs in the upper 90’s across the state of Alabama. Anniston reached a record high of 98 degrees on Monday, with the prior record being 94 degrees set in 1904.

Alabama lawmakers considering vaping ban

Scott Young, News Editor

After weeks of news stories on the negative impacts of vaping products, several states have passed laws banning their sale – and Alabama may follow.

Alabama State Rep. Shane Stringer told ABC 33/40 that he is considering legislation to ban e-cigarettes in the state until the Food and Drug Administration takes action on vaping.

“This has become an epidemic in the last year or two,” said Stringer. “We’ve got to have more regulation and more accountability to deal with these vapes and the vaping industry.”

Fourteen deaths related to vaping have been reported throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control is now saying that vaping products containing THC is playing a role in the outbreak of deaths.

Stringer plans to meet with state health leaders soon to discuss what should be included in that potential legislation.

State Sen. Bobby Singleton said that he is open to a potential ban on vaping if the research supports the idea.

“I want to hear something from UAB, and the national institute of health, let’s get some real numbers and see what’s happening with our children,” added Singleton.

The CDC has warned Americans against using e-cigarettes or vaping products and that anyone who chooses to buy the product should not buy it off the street.

“People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the John Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”

President Beehler to take 90-day family medical leave, effective Oct. 1

Eric Taunton, News Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees voted to approve family medical leave for JSU President John Beehler during an emergency meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21.

In an email to students, Beehler indicated that he requested the leave to “give my full, immediate attention to close family members suffering from serious medical issues.”

Beehler’s evaluation started at 11 a.m. that morning but was recessed until after his 90-day leave of absence. 

According to Randall Jones, Chairman of the JSU Board of Trustees, the meeting was not called as a result of the reported statutory rape cases that are being investigated by the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit. Instead, it was called to conduct an annual review of the president and discuss insurance arbitration between JSU and state insurers regarding Merrill Hall.

“I do want to stress that we maintain a safe campus,” said Jones. “In regard to the current reports, nothing has indicated that any of our students are at risk or will be at risk from the matters related to the investigation.” 

On Sept. 12, students were made aware via email of “possible criminal conduct” taking place on campus and encouraged students to be cautious and report any suspicious activity. This was shortly before the Anniston Star reported that several rape cases between Jan. 1 and Sept. 3 were being investigated.

More than a week later, a letter from Chairman Jones himself was emailed to students informing them of the decision that the trustees made on Sept. 21. 

“First, it was announced during an emergency trustee meeting on Saturday that President Beehler will take a 90-day leave of absence beginning Oct. 1 to focus family health issues,” said Jones in the email. “Although the timing is unfortunate, his leave is no way related to the accusations of secondary (statutory) rape alleged to involve JSU.”

Jones said that a management team will run the university during Beehler’s leave, including Christie Shelton, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Jim Brigham, vice president for finance and administration; and Don Killingsworth, chief external affairs officer, who will act as the acting chief operations officer.