Alexandria Sands

Alexandria Sands

Alexandria is the News Editor for the Niner Times. She is a junior Communications major with a double minor in Journalism and Film. Alexandria has reported and taken photographs for The State Port Pilot, The Gaston Gazette and The Shelby Star. She is a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology within Apex High School. You can reach Alexandria at news@ninertimes.com or Twitter.com/alexsands_.

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Police Blotter: Reports filed in September

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Police Blotter: Reports filed in September

This police blotter is updated every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of September. Accident Sept. 2 South Deck – Officer took a report of a hit and run. Vehicle was struck white it was parked and unoccupied. Mary Alexander Road – Officer took a report of a hit and run. Vehicle was struck white it […]

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How a room can change a university

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
How a room can change a university

Last year, Cieaf Abualdahab would visit Atkins Library multiple times a day. Not to study or do homework, but for a different reason. He’d knock on the door of an occupied study room and ask “Do you mind if I pray here?” As a muslim, Abualdahab prays five times a day and often, he’s on […]

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Questions remain unanswered for DACA students

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
Questions remain unanswered for DACA students

Since President Donald Trump made the decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the university has struggled to find ways to protect the students it affects. DACA provides young adults, brought to the United States by undocumented parents, temporary protected status and work authorization. Renewals are required after two years in the program, but will soon be discontinued. As […]

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Remembering Dr. Jeannine Skinner

| September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Remembering Dr. Jeannine Skinner

How would you describe the “perfect” professor? Is this person “energetic” or “enthusiastic?” Are they “driven” and “motivated,” with goals and ambition? Maybe they’re a professor who connects with their students, or reaches out to the community, or challenges their classes to work to the best of their ability. This is how colleagues described Dr. […]

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Partying, drugs and sex: Popular Snapchat account reveals an unknown side of UNC Charlotte

| September 5, 2017 | 2 Comments
Partying, drugs and sex: Popular Snapchat account reveals an unknown side of UNC Charlotte

A few months ago, a UNC Charlotte student, Big (his real name he asked be kept anonymous) opened, what most would consider, an unusual Snapchat. Within the ten seconds allotted for a video on the app, Big watched as a young man chugged a beer and jumped into a lake, off the side of a […]

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Intern Spotlight: Charley Fite at NASA

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Intern Spotlight: Charley Fite at NASA

When peers ask Charley Fite how his summer was, he will have a unique response. The senior meteorology major spent eight weeks in California, learning from the best in the science. He was one of 32 accepted undergraduates, and the only student from a North Carolina university, that was a part of the NASA Student Airborne […]

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Intern Spotlight: Alissa Derogatis at Luquire George Andrews

| September 4, 2017 | 1 Comment
Intern Spotlight: Alissa Derogatis at Luquire George Andrews

What was your favorite moment from your internship? My favorite moment from my internship was getting to participate in the grand opening for the Bojangles in West Charlotte… It was such a great experience being able to work with the media and Charlotte locals to showcase what Luquire George Andrews (LGA) and Bojangles had been […]

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UNC Charlotte student shot during drug exchange, suspects escape

| September 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte student shot during drug exchange, suspects escape

A UNC Charlotte student is stable, but in serious condition, after suffering a gunshot Thursday. The shooting occurred at a residence on Bonnie Lane, less than a mile from campus. Police were called at 12:34 p.m. The victim and two suspects had arranged a drug transaction. During the meeting, the suspects robbed the student of cash and a handgun, […]

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New year, new dining

| August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
New year, new dining

In the back of Prospector, the smell of slowly cooked pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket now circulates the air. This meat is cooked in competition-level smoking equipment for 15 hours before it is served at UNC Charlotte’s newest restaurant, Smoked. This eatery, unique to the University, is a product of Chartwells and Compass Group. “It’s […]

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Light rail almost ready to ride

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Light rail almost ready to ride

Photos by Alexandria Sands. Students returning to campus this fall will be pleased to discover an ‘almost’ complete light rail station. Throughout the summer, construction has been ongoing across from Wallis Hall in preparation for the station’s opening this spring. The LYNX Blue Line extension was originally slated to begin operations this month, but “construction coordination challenges” postponed […]

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Police Blotter: Reports filed in August

| August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
Police Blotter: Reports filed in August

This police blotter is updated every Sunday throughout the month of August.  Accident Aug. 6 Union Deck – While attempting to back into a parking space vehicle one struck vehicle two. Aug. 12 Student Union – Subject was arrested after it was determined that he had previously been trespassed from campus. Aug. 19 Burson Building Parking […]

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Planting seeds to stop the growing problem

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Planting seeds to stop the growing problem

With the cost of college tuition on the rise, an increasing number of students are finding it more difficult to provide themselves the nutrients they need in order to have an active, healthy lifestyle. Food insecurity affects an estimated one-fourth of UNC Charlotte’s population, according Professor Kim Buch. Universities all throughout the United States are trying to find […]

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Police Blotter: Reports filed in July

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Police Blotter: Reports filed in July

This police blotter is updated every Friday throughout the month of July.  The following are reports of criminal and other incidents responded to by the UNC Charlotte campus Police & Public Safety in the month of July. Accident July 8 University Road and Broadrick Boulevard – Driver of vehicle one lost control of vehicle while pushing it out the […]

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Car rolls into on campus lake

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Car rolls into on campus lake

It was a hectic Friday afternoon at Hechenbeliker Lake after a car rolled into the water and sank to the bottom. Public safety workers came out to UNC Charlotte’s campus to assist in bringing the Volvo to land. According to witnesses, an incoming freshman was driving on to campus when his car stalled. He got out of the car and tried to push it to […]

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