Uncovered secrets on The Flor-Ala’s upcoming staff

The spring semester is almost over, and with it comes a change of staff at The Flor-Ala.

With many of this year’s staff leaving, new students will assume the roles in May. In order to get acquainted with the incoming personnel, The Flor-Ala sat down with the students to discuss interesting facts about them.

Here are four uncovered secrets of the 2018-19 Flor-Ala staff.

1. Incoming Managing Editor Harley Duncan is a credited prankster.

Duncan said he began pranking when he was a child. His tricks included ding-dong ditching, rolling houses with toilet paper and moving nearby houses’ for sale signs into one yard.

He said as a child, he was not very scared of consequences for his pranking and only wanted to have fun.

“It may have been a way to gain attention since my dad wasn’t in my life,” he said.

Duncan said since an incident where he turned a house’s power off, resulting in an officer placing him in the backseat of a police car, he has not pranked as much.

2. Incoming News Editor Cody Campbell has experience in music and film.

Besides writing, editing and photography, Campbell has played in bands and created film projects.

“I play drums, bass and guitar,” Campbell said. “I have recorded a couple of albums with different bands.”

He said the bands he was most associated with played punk, dance and desert rock music.

“I have (also) done several promo videos and puff pieces for businesses and a few different things for school,” Campbell said.

Despite his talent in both areas, he said his future goal is to be a foreign correspondent.

“I want to go into war zones and destabilized countries and film, take photos and write stories about the people who aren’t heard,” he said.

3. Incoming Life Editor Karah Wilson has famous tweets.

Shortly before the release of 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” The Washington Post published a story on the Henagar Drive-In theater refusing to screen the film because of a homosexual character.

Wilson, whose hometown is not far from Henagar, tweeted her disagreement, including a copy of a Facebook post by the theater, which The Post used for the story.

“Initially, I was confused because I didn’t know they were going to use it, let alone see it,” Wilson said. “But, after I got over the short-lived confusion, I was happy that people were interacting with me and saying that they thought what the drive-in did was wrong.”

She said she mentions the use of her tweet when discussing her journalism background.

Wilson’s tweet of an “Incredibles”-based meme on male rompers also went viral last year.

4. Incoming Sports Editor Hunter Anderson can see extra shades of color.

Anderson was born with extra cones in his eyes, allowing him to see darker and lighter color hues.

Anderson said his vision has both benefits and drawbacks.

“I have more cones in one eye than the other, so, when I concentrate, I can tell the difference in each eye,” he said. “But, it gets me into arguments about colors with people.”

He said he discovered his unique vision during an argument with a woman at a Department of Motor Vehicles office over the colors of a sign.

“My parents were worried I was colorblind because the sign was clearly orange, but she said it was yellow,” Anderson said. “(As it) turns out, I was right.”