Alexandria Sands

Alexandria Sands

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

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Campus construction update: New halls, more parking and other projects

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
Campus construction update: New halls, more parking and other projects

 Photos by Alexandria Sands. Construction on several large, multi-million dollar projects ramped up over the summer at UNC Charlotte. Here are the new, ongoing and complete construction projects students can expect to see upon their return to campus this fall. Health and Wellness Center will stay under construction throughout the year A $66 million […]

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SURVIVAL GUIDE: Light rail 101

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
SURVIVAL GUIDE: Light rail 101

Congratulations! You picked UNC Charlotte as your school, which means you are enrolled at one of the few universities in the country with a train on campus. With just your student ID, you have the power to travel to some the best parts of Charlotte — NoDa, Uptown and South End — without ever getting in […]

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SURVIVAL GUIDE: Where to eat when eating off campus

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
SURVIVAL GUIDE: Where to eat when eating off campus

On-campus eating is not half bad. SoVi is actually pretty great. We have Chick-fil-A, Bojangles’ and my personal favorite, Panda Express. But there are days when you want to venture off campus just for fun. In that case, check out these two options. Option 1: Cheap, close and good These are the local spots “where all […]

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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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