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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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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Armed men threaten University Crossings’ resident, continuing streak of crimes near and on campus

| February 10, 2018
Armed men threaten University Crossings’ resident, continuing streak of crimes near and on campus

Two men broke down a locked door at University Crossings and threatened the resident with a firearm early Friday morning during a robbery. According to an email sent to residents, the two men, described as African-Americans, broke down the locked door and threatened the resident with a firearm around 12:30 a.m. The crime occurred in […]

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Should we be the University of Charlotte?

| February 5, 2018
Should we be the University of Charlotte?

Conversations about changing the name of UNC Charlotte have spread on Twitter with the hashtag #droptheUNC, but Chancellor Philip L. Dubois says a name change is unlikely during his administration. “I’ve been passively against it since 2005 when I became chancellor,” said Dubois, addressing the Student Government Association (SGA) at their Thursday Senate meeting. “Many […]

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49er fans have Tar Heel sign removed from I-85

| January 29, 2018
49er fans have Tar Heel sign removed from I-85

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is removing a sign from I-85 that celebrates UNC Chapel Hill’s 2017 men’s basketball national championship after pleas from UNC Charlotte 49er fans. The sign, placed between W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek, is located between two exits near UNC Charlotte’s campus. NCDOT recently approved a program that […]

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Being a female engineering student

| January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
Being a female engineering student

At UNC Charlotte, the William States Lee College of Engineering is an attractive program. For starters, most classes are taught on the Charlotte Research Institute campus, well-known for its alluring academic buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, most students can graduate in four years and move on to a hiring field. Plus, an engineer’s paycheck is […]

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