Author: Haleigh Ferretti

Front Porch Sessions

  STORY BY MARGO WIESCHHAUS     DESIGN BY ELIZABETH SELMARTEN   It was an ordinary day in Marion, Alabama when Abby Kappelman and Cole Jones showed up. The town’s main street looked like it always did: glass-front shops, a grand courthouse, an old-fashioned city hall and, as always, a population just over 3,500 going about their business, as usual. On Washington Street, a man in his mid-60s prepared for the day inside As Time Goes By, a bookstore and coffee shop he owned and ran on the weekends. He hung a sign on the front window for the upcoming “Friday Night Jam Session” he had scheduled, and he sliced pies and cheesecake. Residents had come to know and love the simple fun that his operation stood for. Indeed, “nostalgia never gets old,” as the sign outside his store declared. Down the street, patrons dined on classic southern food at Lottie’s Restaurant. Guests checked into the cozy, one-suite Amenities Bed and Breakfast. Customers purchased sunscreen and bug spray nearby at Fred’s Pharmacy — it was hot in Alabama in May, of course. It really was just another day in the Black Belt, and that’s exactly what Kappelman and Jones wanted. Kappelman and Jones, second-year Honors students at The University of Alabama, spent three weeks in May in Marion creating a multimedia documentary called Front Porch Sessions. This project paired...

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UA in Oxford

STORY BY DR. PAUL PHELPS   DESIGN BY MARIA OSWALT When I try to talk with others about Oxford, I generally reflect on the conversations as ineffective. It’s not that the place is difficult to categorize. According to the Times Higher Education, the world’s best university is there. And the town is lovely too, adding to the 8,500 or so university students an additional 150,000 Oxonians. The difficulty arises from the fact that the magic of the place is not containable in any sort of category. As a colleague said to me this past summer, somewhat in a moment of awe, “one learns so much here.” It’s this awe and learning (and awe as learning) that the faculty of the “UA in Oxford” program try to capture and transact to our summer students. In some ways, this awe is easy to induce. Students who enroll in the “UA in Oxford” program are treated to five weeks of residency in what by all accounts is premier Oxford real estate. The campus of Worcester College not only includes a lake, an orchard and a dedicated cricket pitch (all exceptions by Oxford standards); it also has a gorgeous Georgian library, one of Oxford’s finest cooking staffs and a set of medieval cottages— which are important mainly because they add some quaintness to the eighteenth-century avant-gardism of the college’s other structures. Supreme Court...

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Arts N Autism

STORY BY MARGO WIESCHHAUS PHOTOS BY CLAIRE DICKSON DESIGN BY EMELINE EARMAN Just a few blocks off the Black Warrior River in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a new playground, complete with a basketball court, a tire swing and things to climb, among others, sits unmoving. School has been in session for a little more than a month, and it is that time in September when the weather is just barely starting to cool down in the South. Essentially, this setting is ideal for a child with some pent-up energy from a long day at school. But, the students for whom...

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Ivana Maclin

Ivana Maclin Position: Designer Class: Sophomore Major: Fashion Retail Hometown: Athens, AL   Ivana is an Alabama native studying fashion here at the capstone, trying to make it to Hollywood. She aspires to be a fashion stylist for celebrities and have them on the “Best Dressed” list after award shows. Although she is a designer for Mosaic, she has no previous experience with digital design but hopes that she discovers a talent she never knew she had. In the little free time that she has between classes, homework, and organization duties, Ivana can be found in her room altering clothes for her friends or bundled up in blankets watching Netflix. And of course she spends a lot of time shopping...

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Heather Griffith

Heather Griffith Position: Staff Writer Class: Sophomore Major: Public Relations and International Studies Hometown: Chicago, IL   Bio: Heather Griffith is a Public Relations and International Studies double major, with a minor in Spanish. She currently serves as an Account Executive for Capstone Agency and as the Vice President of Marketing for UA Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter. Heather is in a happy relationship with her google calendar and can’t remember how she ever survived without it. During her free time she can be found scouring travel guides as she plans next world...

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Harrison Cohen

Harrison Cohen Position: Photography Team Class: Sophomore Major: Aerospace Engineering Hometown: West Chester, PA   Harrison is a sophomore aerospace engineering student and is also in the STEM program at UA. He is from West Chester Pennsylvania and is a lifelong Eagles fan (Go Birds). When Harrison has free time or is away from school, he likes to play the piano, fish or sail. He has very little experience with photography but is a quick learner and eager to learn. After college Harrison plans on working in military defense (intercepting enemy missiles and rockets) or designing...

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Haleigh Ferretti

Haleigh Ferretti POSITION: Digital Media Team CLASS: Sophomore MAJOR: Accounting HOMETOWN: Nashville, TN   Haleigh is a sophomore Accounting student at UA minoring in Computer Science. She grew up in the suburbs of Nashville with her younger sisters and several pets, and played volleyball competitively for nearly ten years. Haleigh is a part of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and is a member of several honors societies on campus. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her best friends and binge watch Netflix. After college, Haleigh hopes to land a job as an audit accountant at a Big Four accounting...

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