Jordan Snyder

Jordan Snyder

Jordan Snyder is the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times and has been working with the newspaper since October 2013. He is a communications major with a minor in film studies.

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Community input collected at first Belk Plaza forum

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Community input collected at first Belk Plaza forum

  Charlotte design and architecture firm LandDesign hosted the first of three public forums in the Cone University Center Lucas Room Feb. 8 to commence community input on the future of Belk Plaza. Several UNC Charlotte architecture and urban design students, as well as members of the Student Government Association, volunteered to help set up […]

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Title IX and Center for Wellness Promotion staff discuss sexual assault on campus

| November 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Title IX and Center for Wellness Promotion staff discuss sexual assault on campus

The Annual Security Report recently released by the UNC Charlotte Police Department, showed 32 reported instances of rape and 7 reported instances of fondling on campus in 2014, a significant increase from the previous year’s combined total of 3 reported forcible sex offenses. According to Title IX Coordinator Dawn Floyd and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Specialist […]

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Reel Scary helps users pick the best horror movie for Halloween

| October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
Reel Scary helps users pick the best horror movie for Halloween

If you’re looking for the perfect scary movie to watch for Halloween, a UNC Charlotte student has created just the resource for you. Scott Plybon, who is studying for his Master of Science in Information Technology, launched his website Reel Scary on Wednesday, allowing users to rate scary movies and find others that suit their […]

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Junior music student paves the way for organ majors at UNC Charlotte

| October 21, 2015 | 1 Comment
Junior music student paves the way for organ majors at UNC Charlotte

According to junior Austin Philemon, the organ is not just for church music anymore. Philemon is so dedicated to playing the instrument that he’s become UNC Charlotte’s first, and currently only, organ performance major, crafting a curriculum as he goes that will open the door for future students. He started playing piano when he was […]

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Full menu Bojangles’ opens in the Student Union on Aug. 26, Panda Express still to come

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Full menu Bojangles’ opens in the Student Union on Aug. 26, Panda Express still to come

UNC Charlotte’s full menu Bojangles’ will open for business on Aug. 26, just in time for the first week of classes and the waves of hungry new and returning students. At the Student Union, Bojangles’ will be replacing Mamma Leone’s, which was closed for the summer to accommodate for necessary construction and remodeling. Unlike the […]

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The Campus Market offers students a safer alternative for buying and selling unwanted items

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Campus Market offers students a safer alternative for buying and selling unwanted items

The Campus Market is a college-centric Craigslist-like service that aims to prioritize student safety while reducing their carbon footprint. According to their website, The Campus Market is operational at 22 universities along the east coast – seven of which are North Carolina schools, including UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Duke. UNC Charlotte students can […]

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Charlotte 49ers assistant football coach Phil Ratliff dies

| August 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Charlotte 49ers assistant football coach Phil Ratliff dies

Charlotte 49ers Offensive Line Coach Phil Ratliff died Sunday at the age of 44. Ratliff joined the 49er football program on Jan. 1, 2012 and coached for the team’s first three seasons. Charlotte 49er Athletics released the following statement: “The Charlotte 49ers regretfully announce the passing of coach Phil Ratliff, today. He was surrounded by […]

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‘Corpse flower’ blooms in UNC Charlotte’s McMillan Greenhouse

| July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
‘Corpse flower’ blooms in UNC Charlotte’s McMillan Greenhouse

UNC Charlotte’s second titan arum – also called the “corpse flower” for its powerful rotting flesh odor – bloomed July 17 at McMillan Greenhouse. The event attracted visitors hoping to witness the 5-foot-4-inch plant and smell its notable scent, which can reportedly travel up to half a mile away. Named Odoardo – “Odie,” for short […]

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Panda Express, full menu Bojangles’ coming to UNC Charlotte in fall 2015

| May 27, 2015 | 1 Comment
Panda Express, full menu Bojangles’ coming to UNC Charlotte in fall 2015

UNC Charlotte plans to open a Panda Express at Cone Center’s Main Street Market and a full menu Bojangles’ at the Student Union. There is currently no timeline for completion, but demolition is currently underway in the Cone Center. As part of the change, Main Street Market will no longer offer restaurants Use Your Noodle, Sushi […]

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OP-ED: Men will be boys

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Men will be boys

Why is it that men are so hesitant to speak out in support of feminism? That’s easy: they don’t know what it means. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality. If you agree with that, you’re a feminist. However, when many men hear the word “feminism,” […]

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A nonbeliever in the Bible Belt

| August 14, 2014 | 2 Comments
A nonbeliever in the Bible Belt

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center had Americans rate different religious groups on a “feeling thermometer,” ranging from zero (cold, negative feelings) to 100 (warm, positive feelings). While a “feeling thermometer” sounds like a fun activity that could have been pulled from a kindergarten lesson plan to show the merits of togetherness and […]

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Millennials are tired of toeing the party line

| July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Millennials are tired of toeing the party line

George Washington warned about the dangers of the party system in his presidential farewell speech. With the stubbornness of today’s partisan politics, is it any wonder why the congressional approval rating is at an embarrassingly low 15 percent? But when it comes time to vote, voters overwhelmingly continue to choose the candidates that most rigidly […]

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For parents and pet owners, the dangers of hot, parked cars are real

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
For parents and pet owners, the dangers of hot, parked cars are real

In this sweltering North Carolina heat, I can think of plenty of ways to escape or coexist with the merciless summer sun: cooling off by the pool, taking a shady walk down the greenway or relaxing in my air-conditioned apartment. You’ll notice I didn’t list “trapping myself in a hot, parked car” because, well, isn’t […]

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Robin Thicke aims for romantic but comes off ridiculous

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Robin Thicke aims for romantic but comes off ridiculous

It was about a year ago when Robin Thicke’s jaunty hit “Blurred Lines” took over the airwaves and stirred up controversy. Catchy though the song was, its repeated use of lines like “I know you want it” disturbed many listeners who thought the lyrics encouraged rape culture. It didn’t help that in a GQ interview […]

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Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

Maybe you’ve heard about this little conflict in the Middle East. A group of extremist Sunni militants called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken control of several Iraqi cities as well as the country’s biggest oil refinery, and, surely, they’ll be attempting to take Baghdad in the near future. The Iraqi […]

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E3 2014: Nintendo digital event wrap-up

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
E3 2014: Nintendo digital event wrap-up

Nintendo’s E3 digital event proved that the company is still reliant on their own franchises and development studios to support the Wii U and 3DS. The only third-party game shown was “Bayonetta 2,” the sequel to Platinum Games’s 2010 third-person action game. It’s one of five games presented that will be released in 2014. The […]

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E3 2014: Sony press conference wrap-up

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
E3 2014: Sony press conference wrap-up

I like to think of Sony’s E3 press conference as a sandwich – a sandwich with perfectly toasted, delicious slices of bread, but filled with bland, boring meat. The company opened and closed the show with worthy, attention-grabbing games but lost momentum around the one-hour mark. Sony failed to match Microsoft’s pacing in that regard, […]

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E3 2014: Microsoft press conference wrap-up

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
E3 2014: Microsoft press conference wrap-up

After Microsoft’s showing at last year’s E3 press conference, they received immediate criticism for shifting the focus of the Xbox One from a video game console to an overall entertainment box. There’s a video compiling the conference’s numerous mentions of “TV” and “sports” – poking fun at the unfortunate lack of games coverage. This year, […]

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Former mayor Patrick Cannon pleads guilty, publicly apologizes for not watching ‘American Hustle’ sooner

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Former mayor Patrick Cannon pleads guilty, publicly apologizes for not watching ‘American Hustle’ sooner

Disclaimer: In this work of satire, all quoted sources are completely fictitious and any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, is coincidental. On June 3, former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge for taking bribes from undercover federal agents. Only days earlier, Cannon’s personal assistant Terry Andrews was seen […]

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‘Filth’ is a roller coaster ride of depravity

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
‘Filth’ is a roller coaster ride of depravity

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is vile. He’s repugnant. He’s amoral and bigoted and drug-addled. He’s just plain filthy. And when a desirable promotion to Detective Inspector is on the line, he pulls out all the stops and fully embraces his Machiavellian self. The film is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s darkly comedic novel of […]

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