Q&A with Sarah McFarland, Alpha Omicron Pi’s President

Samford University is home to six panhellenic sororities, one of which is Alpha Omicron Pi. The sorority is lead by an executive council that strives to make the chapter the absolute best it can be. Sarah McFarland, a junior accounting major from St. Louis, Missouri, has been the chapter president of Samford’s AOII for the past few months. Although McFarland enjoys binging shows on Netflix, hanging out with friends and eating far too many scoops of Edgewood Creamery icecream most of her time is spent serving with and for her fellow sisters. I got the chance to sit down her McFarland and ask her about her experience serving in such a crucial role and being a full time student.

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Q&A with Emma Percy: Young female pilot defies status quo in aviation

Pilot Emma Percy, 18, poses by her 1973 Bonanza V35, the plane she trains in.

Q: Where did your interest in aviation come from?

A: My dad does fly and I think that’s really what got me started with flying, you know just kind of being interested in that part of his life. So, he got me my first lesson (at Shelby County Airport). And after I took that first lesson, I was kind of hooked on it. It took me about a year of training to get my private pilot’s license which is the first license.

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Earth Day Purpose and Celebrations

Earth Day comes around every year on April 22 but the history and idea behind the day is not commonly discussed. The concept for Earth Day was for the nation to focus on the environment for one day. Founder Gaylord Nelson was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. After seeing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara and being ruled by the student anti-war movement, he related the public needed to be aware of the air and water pollution they were contributing.  Nelson worked until the next year

Earth Day Network states that “on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.” Learn more about Earth Day.

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Q&A about “Cultural Shock.”

Q & A with Ruth Blackburn

  1. Can you introduce yourself? What’s your name? Hometown? Major?

My name is Ruth Blackburn. I am a junior from Birmingham, Alabama. My major is Foods and Nutrition with an Art minor.

  1. When people mention Asia or Asian, what is your first thought?

I think of the cultural differences between Asia and America. My best friend went to China for 6 weeks and I think of the stories of squatty potties and riding bikes all around the cities. I once read that middle-aged men in Asia are at a very high risk of suicide because of pressure to succeed and do well in the workplace.

  1. What makes you most proud to be an American?

The kindness that people show to each other even when they are strangers and do not know each other.

  1. What do you think about “Culture Shock”?

I have never been affected by culture shock very much when I go to different countries. I think I am very easy going so the differences between countries do not shock me or bother me that much and it takes a lot of effort for me to pick out the differences and things that bother me or that I like better about one country.

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes

Still don’t know what you’re going to be for Halloween this year? Need a last-minute costume? Here are five “Do-It-Yourself” costume ideas that are easy to make and will save you money.


Materials Needed: white sheet and scissors

Directions: Have an extra sheet lying around the house? Go with a Halloween favorite, a ghost! This is great for a last-minute costume. Just two holes in the sheet for visibility.


Clothing Needed: boots, jeans, and flannel top (optional: Western hat or vest)

Directions: Try sorting through your closet to find articles of clothing you already own that can be mixed and matched, or ask a neighbor or friend what they have readily available to borrow.

Rosie the Riveter

Clothing Needed: red bandana, denim top, red lipstick, and jeans

Directions: Like the Western costume, this can be easily assembled from daily clothing. Look up photos online to try to match the hairstyle of the 1940s icon. Make sure to roll up your sleeves!


Materials Needed: 50 purple or green balloons, purple/green shirt, green felt, 100 small safety pins, (optional: brown hat)

Directions: First, cut a piece of green felt in the shape of a leaf to pin on the collar of your shirt. Use the safety pins to secure the leaf to the top of your shirt (should be near the shoulder). Next, blow up balloons and pin them to your shirt. Make sure to put the pins through the ends of the balloons, careful not to pop them. The balloons should be placed like a grape bunch, so less at the bottom and more at the top.


Materials Needed: Clear umbrella, ribbon/streamers, black and white construction paper, scissors, glow sticks (22”), and tacky/super glue

Directions: Cut out two large circles from the white construction paper and two smaller circles from the black construction paper. Glue these onto the umbrella for the jellyfish’s eyes. Super glue the glow sticks to the umbrella, lining the metal supports, so that the costume will glow at night. Attach the ribbon or streamers from the bottom of the umbrella and decorate as you wish.



Do it yourself: thankful jar

It’s the time of year to be thankful.

A Thankful Jar is a great way to stay reminded of your many blessings this November. Challenge yourself, your friends and your family to write down at least one blessing per day. When you gather for your Thanksgiving feast, empty out the jar and read everything you wrote down throughout the month.

To make your Thankful Jar stand out, just follow these simple steps!

Here’s what you’ll need:
• Mason jar
• Twine or string
• Festive fabric
• Scissors
• Hole punch
• Something to write with (I recommend a Sharpie)
• Cardstock paper
• Decorative stickers (optional)


1. Cut or rip fabric into strips. The length depends on the size of your jar. For a standard Mason jar, I would cut it about 19 to 20 inches long. Ripping the fabric gives it more of a rustic feel.


2. Cut twine about the same length you cut the fabric.


3. Tie the fabric in a knot around the mouth of the jar.


4. Tie twine around the mouth of the jar on top of the fabric.



5. Cut a square out of the card stock and punch a hole in the top left corner.


7. Write your note. Get creative!


8. Knot the twine through the hole in the paper.


9. Cut off excess twine.


10. Add your cute little stickers!


11. Cut up strips of computer paper.


12. Be thankful!



By Abby Colella

Create the fall favorite drink in your own kitchen

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is the must-have drink that everyone lines up for at Starbucks at the start of October. Unfortunately, the drink isn’t on the menu all year, but it can be in your kitchen! Here is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to bring this fall-favorite drink into your home.

1/2 cup of coffee
1/8 of a tsp of vanilla extract
1/8 of a tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp of sugar
1 cup of heated milk
whipped cream


First start by pouring a half cup of coffee into a mug.

Next, pour the vanilla extract into the coffee.

Then, dump the pumpkin pie spice into the coffee.

Next, pour the sugar into the coffee.


Stir all the ingredients in your coffee with a spoon


Now heat the milk. For best results, heat it over the stove in a saucepan, but a microwave works just fine, too.

Finally, pour the heated milk into the coffee and stir it all together.

To garnish the latte, dollop some whipped cream on the top of your coffee.

For even more of a customized touch, sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice over the top of the whipped cream.

Enjoy your pumpkin spice latte!

By Jenna Adams
Photographs by Jenna Adams

Do it yourself: envelope clutch

Check out this easy step-by-step process to make your own envelope clutch. If you have a tight budget but are in need of a new accessory, this is the project for you!

Items you will need:
-wrapping paper
-clear contact paper
-needle and thread
-optional: adhesive velcro


Step one:
Cut out a section of wrapping paper. The larger the section, the bigger your clutch, so cut according to your preference of size.


Step two:
Cut your section of wrapping paper into a perfect square. This will help ensure the clutch is even when you fold it in later steps.

Step three:
Lay your square of paper on your flat surface. Precut a section of contact paper about an inch bigger than your wrapping paper piece. Begin to overlay the contact paper onto the wrapping paper (be mindful of the air bubbles that can pop-up during this step- keep a credit card handy to help smooth out any bubbles that do arise). Smooth out the paper as you continue to place the contact paper completely overtop the wrapping paper.


Step four:
Flip the entire project over and place another layer of contact paper on top of existing sheets- keep smoothing out the bubbles.


Step five:
Trim the excess contact paper on the edges of the wrapping paper, making sure to leave about a centimeter of contact paper on each side.

Step six:
Fold three corners of the project together to begin to form the envelope. Use small pieces of contact paper to help secure the folds.


Step seven:
Fold the top corner down to create a flap for your clutch. You may need to trim the top part of the pocket of your envelope to make a more well-defined fold.


Step eight:
Now it’s time to get creative! Add some embellishment with a bright button on the top flap. Sew the button with multiple cross stitches through the paper. Here’s where you can choose to attach velcro to the underside of your flap to help keep the envelope closed.


Step nine:
Time to show off your creation. This clutch is perfect for holding makeup, mints and money! The smooth surface of the contact paper prevents stains on the inside of your clutch. Smaller versions could be perfect for the inside of larger bags or preventing messes in bags during travel.


By Madison Miles