Alexandria Sands

Alexandria Sands

Alexandria is the Niner Times' managing editor. She is a senior studying Communications with a double minor in Journalism and Film. Alexandria has reported and photographed for The State Port Pilot, The Gaston Gazette, The Shelby Star and Creative Loafing. When she's not in the newsroom, you can catch her reading a book on Oak Island's beach. Reach her at managing@ninertimes.com or @alexsands_.

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Student killed after falling from party bus

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Student killed after falling from party bus

Polly Miranda Rogers, a 20-year-old student, was killed Tuesday night after falling from a party bus window and then being hit by two vehicles, according to Charlotte Observer and WSOC. The Charlotte Party Charters bus was on North Tryon Street near the intersection of Sugar Creek Road when the incident occurred at around 10:25 p.m. She fell […]

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Three fraternities suspended after investigations

| May 1, 2018 | 2 Comments
Three fraternities suspended after investigations

Universities across the nation have been cracking down on hazing after severe cases received national attention. The nationwide issue has taken a toll on UNC Charlotte’s Interfraternity Council (IFC). Only 119 students signed up for IFC recruitment. “I’ve been here for four years and that is the lowest it’s ever been,” Greg Rush, Phi Delta […]

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Year in review

| May 1, 2018
Year in review

Exam week is right around the corner and another year at UNC Charlotte is coming to a close. Take a break from studying to look back at the top stories of the 2017-18 year.   Light rail opens Five years after plans for the project were announced, the light rail took off from UNC Charlotte […]

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UNC Charlotte professor runs for president of Bosnia

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte professor runs for president of Bosnia

Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic has worked and enjoyed his time at UNC Charlotte enough to stay for 31 years, but a phone call he answered last fall may have changed the course of his life. “There are going to be elections October 7,” Hadzikadic said, summarizing what his friend told him over the phone, “and that may […]

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Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor) Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my […]

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A walk through the Botanical Gardens

| April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
A walk through the Botanical Gardens

A car swooshes past at 25 mph as a dark green bus slows down to a stop. The doors fly open and students hop on their commute as others exit the back, carrying heavy backpacks with heads down, eyes on their phones. For just a moment, they pop their heads up and look both ways […]

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Q&A: Lavien, Crean win 2018 SGA election

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
Q&A: Lavien, Crean win 2018 SGA election

Niayai Lavien and Chandler Crean were announced the 2018-19 student body president and vice president April 5. They won with 54 percent of the 1435 votes and will officially be sworn in Thursday. Niner Times: What was your reaction to finding out you had won? Niayai: I couldn’t help but cry because I was so […]

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UNC Charlotte LGBTQ+ Center could be in the works

| March 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte LGBTQ+ Center could be in the works

Blake Brockington walked the UNC Charlotte campus open and proud of who he was. He was a role model for the transgender community, regularly participating and speaking at rallies, and was crowned North Carolina’s first transgender homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School. Yet, his friends still laid flowers down in front of his picture Friday […]

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Meet the candidates: Niayai Lavien, Chandler Crean

| March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Meet the candidates: Niayai Lavien, Chandler Crean

Niayai Lavien, a junior political science and philosophy major, is running for student body president. She’s been with Student Government Association (SGA) since she was a freshman. “I’m qualified for the position and I know that I have the passion and the drive to do it,” she said.  Lavien has lived in the University City […]

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Creating an impact in and out of the lecture hall

| March 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
Creating an impact in and out of the lecture hall

A year ago, UNC Charlotte students met in the Student Union rotunda, carrying signs that protested president’s travel ban. Muslims, Latinos, blacks, whites, female, male, gay and straight, all united, and among them, one white, middle-aged man stood out, as he made his way into the center of the crowd. With all eyes on him, […]

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Mike Hill of University of Florida named athletic director

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
Mike Hill of University of Florida named athletic director

Mike Hill, the current Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the University of Florida, will be taking over as 49ers athletic director starting March 15. The search for an athletic director, led by Turnkey Search Managing Director Gene DeFilippo, was narrowed down to two finalist: Hill and Phil Esten, Penn State deputy athletics director and […]

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A new Belk Plaza

| February 19, 2018
A new Belk Plaza

In the Belk Tower’s 45 years, it saw free speech in the form of protests, students breaking out into flash mobs and vigils for live’s lost. In December 2015, the Belk Tower’s legacy ended when it was dismantled due to structural damage and potential safety concerns. This month, construction fences went up where the tower […]

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Countdown to the light rail

| February 13, 2018
Countdown to the light rail

The whole university has been waiting for it. March 16 could mark a transformational day for UNC Charlotte. Next month, students will take the first of many rides on the light rail extension and begin experiencing a Charlotte full of opportunities such as sports, food, the Arts, cultural experiences and festivals. Unlimited rides to Uptown, […]

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Everyone knows the light rail is coming, but where is it going?

| February 12, 2018
Everyone knows the light rail is coming, but where is it going?

Everyone knows the light rail is coming, but where is it going? UNC Charlotte main station North side of campus J.W. Clay Boulevard/UNC Charlotte Ninety’s Ice Cream and Sandwiches Paradise Valley Par 3 Dave’s Paddleboats McCullough University City Regional Library University City Boulevard IKEA Tom Hunter South 21. Jr Old Concord Road The Last Word […]

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