Author: Parker Baltazar

Living Among the Plumes

STORY BY Matthew Wilson PHOTOS BY Nicole Rodriguez DESIGN BY Parker Baltazar It was a gradual process — a beer here, a joint there — that seemed to spiral out of control, and before he could even comprehend what happened, narcotics agents were busting down the door of his apartment and dragging him off to jail. “For a year, I thought I was the man, and I was completely delusional,” said Robert Smith, an Honors College student whose name has been changed to protect his employment. “Once I got arrested, I got sent back to reality.” Today, Robert credits The University of Alabama’s MPACT recovery program with saving his college career, and maybe his life. Nevertheless, it has been a long grind. To him, the past five years seemed a blaze, not unlike the cherry embers of a marijuana cigarette. It all started in ninth grade as a casual hobby, but in his senior year of high school, it became a habitual everyday thing. The drinking, the drugs, they became a lifestyle that he chose. He was not alone. About 17 percent of American high school students are smoking, drinking or doing some other type of drug during the school day, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Robert started selling marijuana in high school. He wanted to help out his friends, but...

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Christian DelaCruz

Christian DelaCruz Position: Photographer Class: Sophomore Major: Marketing Hometown: Enterprise, AL   Christian is a sophomore pursuing a degree in marketing, with a minor in advertising, and specialization in real estate. He hopes to work for a successful marketing firm, or working in real estate investment. In his spare time, you can find him hanging out with his friends, eating good food, or taking pictures in the great outdoors. During busy weeks, Christian can be found doing philanthropy with his fraternity, or studying with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Even with a busy schedule, he always makes room for...

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Channler Smith

Channler Smith Position: Designer Class: Freshman Major: Computer Science Hometown: Hatton, AL   Channler is a freshman majoring in Computer Science (for now) and takes way too many credit hours than anyone should dare to consider. Liking all facets of entertainment, he spends most of his leisure time glued to a screen or destroying invisible ninjas with his awesome kung fu-like kicks of fury. He also enjoys music and currently can play four instruments (somewhat tolerably) and cherishes hanging out with friends and making new...

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Calvin Madison

Calvin Madison Position: Designer Class: Sophomore Major: Business Management Hometown: Longmont, CO   Calvin, a sophomore majoring in Business Administration, was born and raised in the Boulder, Colorado area. With a desire for helping others, he is looking for a professional career in the healthcare industry. Another passion is world travel where Calvin has already experienced 25 different countries. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing tennis, attending sporting events, and, when back in Colorado, playing ball with his dog, Lucky, the best little handicapped rescue dog...

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Callie Rickert

Callie Rickert Position: Photographer Class: Freshman Major: Human Development and Family Studies Hometown: Valdosta, GA Callie Rickert is a freshman from South Georgia studying Human Development. She hopes to go to grad school for Pediatric Occupational Therapy. A type A go-getter, when she isn’t frantically studying for her next test, she’s exploring the outdoors through hiking, backpacking, and camping. A love for crafty hobbies (yes, she crochets. No, she’s not a grandma), her Aussiedoodle, Lucy, and her church friends and family fill her days with joy and...

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Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Means Serious Business

STORY BY Mackenzie McClintock PHOTOS BY Kinsey Stanley DESIGN BY Parker Baltazar Honors student Abraham Hausman-Weiss waits patiently inside an empty court for practice to start. It is 6:30 a.m., and he will begin his long day by pushing himself to the point of exhaustion. Most students his age dread waking up so early, but this is his only option. Two and a half hours later, dripping sweat and now in need of another night’s rest, he heads out of the gym and says goodbye to his teammates. Hausman-Weiss’ body is tired, but he feels more alive than ever,...

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Sai Dwarampudi

Position: Photographer Class: Junior Major: Biology, Psychology (Pre-Med) Hometown: Collierville, TN Sai is a junior who came to UA from a suburban town just outside of Memphis, TN. He loves to hang out with his friends, watch Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan movies, and travel and explore new places and different types of cuisines. When Sai isn’t studying, he works as an RA in Paty Hall, and as a medical scribe at DCH. Although, Sai has never had any prior experience in the realm of photography before Mosaic, he hopes that it will become a new hobby for him. In the future, he hopes to pursue his passion of medicine by attending medical school and starting a private practice in Seattle,...

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Anna Field

Position: Media Team Class: Senior Major: Psychology Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA Anna is a senior from a town where they hate the tide but luckily she loves it. She is very interested in nutrition and exercise and hopes to eventually end up in a place where she can be outside without dying of a heat stroke. In her free time, Anna enjoys being with her friends and family but most importantly her two dogs, Tucker and Lucy. After graduation, Anna plans to attend graduate school for clinical...

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