The Green House

Cool winds and hot apple cider filled the Birmingham home of six recent Samford graduates as they opened their doors to the community for a free house concert last Saturday night.

Located in the heart of the city, their home was reportedly built in 1904 and continues to stand strong with a welcoming front porch and 2 antebellum white columns.

Each room in the house is unique in it’s own way, from fireplaces in bedrooms, windows that cover the span of an entire wall, to antique handle nobs and original tiled sunrooms – there is nothing simple about this home.

The concert brought in a large number of Samford’s community kicking the off with student openers Danny Delgado and Rob Johnson. Couches were filled and all surfaces of the home were covered to hear the great tunes. They opened with familiar cover songs and had the whole house hand clapping and foot stomping along.

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Photo taken by Liz Bacon.

With a break to refill mugs of hot apple cider, the Nashville based band Arcadian Wild, put on a one of a kind show for the crowd. Sarah Wood, Isaac Horn, Everett Davis, and Lincoln Mick, make up the four-member band, all met at Lipscomb University in 2013 and released their first EP, “The Colorado” and their first album “The Arcadian Wild”.

Their style of music is a one if a kind combination between a guitar, ukulele, harmonica, cello, and mandolin. To say the least, this is an eclectic band with some powerful sounds. You can check out their music on iTunes under Arcadian Wild as well as their band page,

National News Engagement Day

National News Engagement Day was Tuesday Oct. 6. The staff of The Local and The Crimson newspaper participated and interviewed Samford’s campus about their news reading habits and why they think the news is important. We compiled our interviews into multiple videos, including an interview from Samford University’s President Andrew Westmoreland.



Birmingham Art Crawl




A recap of photos from our experience at Birmingham’s Art Crawl in the Historical District of Birmingham, Alabama.



Volleyball has 7-6 record

I caught up with junior Journalism and Mass Communication major, Erin Bognar to see how the season is going so far. She said: “So far we have learned a lot in the season about our team and it has helped us know how hard we need to work. We have had ups and downs but our team knows we can still do big things.”

Bogar remains positive and said, “As long as we keep working hard and improving upon things we are in a good place. Not everything has been perfect so far, but we all still believe when we put everything together we can win the Socon championship. The ultimate goal is always to win another conference Championship and as long as we keep working hard I believe we will win.”


Fall Break in Birmingham

For most of us, fall break means going on vacation with friends and family or going home to see family and rest. Sometimes, though, not all of us are able to leave Birmingham. Instead of spending four days binge watching shows on Netflix or filling up on various pumpkin treats, try a few of these alternatives

1. Take a hike.

Birmingham has plenty of parks with incredible scenery, but the semester often gets too busy for students to take a break to check them out. These few days are the perfect opportunity to explore different trails with some friends or alone. Ruffner Mountain, Oak Mountain State Park and Jemison Park are just a few to trek this weekend.

2. Go see a movie at Alabama Theater.

Alabama Theater is one of the coolest and most historic spots in Birmingham, yet, not a lot of college students have really seen it. Gone with the Wind will be showing on Oct. 11.

3. Hang out at Railroad Park.

If just chilling at the park isn’t your thing, Railroad Park has plenty of activities going on any given day. Over fall break, they’re having jazzercise and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Bonus: you can take cool pictures to Instagram.

4. Go golfing.

           Soak up the sun on one of the last warm weekends of the year. Choose from a variety of options such as Highland Park Golf Course, Eagle Point, RTJ at Oxmoor Valley or Ross Bridge.  

5. Visit Rickwood Field.

Rickwood Field is probably one of those places that you have never heard of, but after you see it, you wonder why no one else has been there. This baseball field is filled with history of legends like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, who played on that same dirt.

6. Go to a pumpkin patch.

This one is pretty much a given since it’s fall break, but if you haven’t, you really should visit a pumpkin patch. Nothing makes me happier on a fall day than to see a little jack-o-lantern I made with my friends outside my door.

Senior Night for Soccer

As the regular season continues, the ladies of the women’s soccer team will celebrate their annual Senior Night on Oct. 16. 

Senior Night is usually one of the more sentimental games of the season for the whole team, and this year is no exception. The tight-knit team will feel the loss of the three key seniors what are leaving the team after graduation.

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Senior Kinsey Sessions

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Senior Alissa Hansen

Hallie Georgi

Senior Hallie Georgi










“Senior night is always a great night to honor the girls who have dedicated so much of their four years at Samford to soccer,” said sophomore Virginia McNeill. “It’ll be sad to see them go at the end of this year, as they have made such a great impact on this program. We’ll definitely miss their leadership.”

However, emotions won’t get in the way of the team’s focus and determination. They’ve prepared well for every conference game so far, including next Friday’s contest.

“Conference games can always go either way so we have to show up every time,” said McNeill. “The southern conference is extremely competitive, so in every game we have to work hard and play to our own strengths no matter who we’re playing.”

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The bulldogs will face the Virginia Military Institute at home, and are feeling confident due to a season of many competitive, non-conference opponents.

“I feel that, overall, the season has gone great,” said sophomore Kaitlyn Orman. “Although we are not undefeated, our tough non-conference schedule really helped build character in us, that I think will help us during conference play and into the NCAA tournament.”

The team is currently 8-4-0 overall, and 3-0-0 within the conference. The game next Friday against Chattanooga will be just the seventh conference game for the team so far.

Hallie Georgi vs. Wake Forest              Soccer v. Chattanooga 10.13

Photos courtesy of Samford University Athletics.

First Day of Fall Pop-Up


Last Wednesday, September 23, Urban Standard coffee shop had a “First Day of Autumn Pop-Up Shop” hosted by The Orchard Creative Community. Urban Standard opened in November of 2007, with the idea of creating workshop/gallery, where the public could see the work of local artists. The pop-up shop that was hosted at Urban Standard did exactly what its founder wanted.

The Orchard is an intentional group of creative ladies that have been planted here in Birmingham together to create, encourage, lift-up and overcome.

Local Birmingham artists were featured in this shop from Carrie Rollwagen, the author of The Localist, to the MOM-UP movement. Beautiful calligraphy, letterpress goodies, photography services and unique design pieces.

All of the artists that were at the pop-up show are listed below with website links. We recommend doing some holiday shopping online with these Birmingham locals.

Jessica of Empress Stationery was selling calendars and prints, find more at her website.

Emily of Emily Wells Designs was selling Birmingham prints, game day designs, and cell phone cases. Shop for yourself or a friend at her website or Etsy shop.
Carrie Rollwagen was promoting her book and selling prints. Find out more at her website.

Bluff Park Art Show

The Bluff Park Art Show started in 1963 when a group of parents from Bluff Park Elementary School sponsored a “Come As Your Favorite Book” dance. The response and support of the Birmingham community was overwhelming.

Since then the Bluff Park Art Show has been an eagerly awaited annual event. The show now attracts over 30,000 people, and artists from all parts of the country are invited to exhibit. The show is held each year on the first Saturday of October.

The show has grown from 65 artists to more than 150, and attracts over 40,000 people each year. The shows proceeds go towards improving the arts in the greater Birmingham area.

Artists displayed their work from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. in the front of the Bluff Park Community Center. In addition to art, there were several food vendors and high school jazz bands.

For more information visit their website.

Greek Food Festival

The 43rd annual Greek Festival took place last weekend Oct.1-3 in downtown Birmingham.

The festival contained authentic Greek cuisine, live music and dancing and Mediterranean and Orthodox Christian souvenirs.

The Ladies Philoptochos Society first held the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral Greek Food Festival in 1972. The festival has grown and is now a popular event for thousands in the southeast. Each year proceeds are given to local charities.

For more information visit