Meet Your 2015 Alabama Homecoming Queen Candidates

Meet Your 2015 Alabama Homecoming Queen Candidates

One of these ladies will be crowned Alabama's Homecoming Queen this Saturday.
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It is that time of year again, when you hear of pomping, dozens of activities throughout the week, and most of all, signs plastered throughout campus in support of the homecoming queen candidates.

This year, it’s about more than just what organization is sponsoring them—each candidate is required to have a philanthropy or charitable cause they are supporting, i.e. their “platform.”

Below is all of the information you need to know about this year’s outstanding candidates!

Kinsey Blake Haynes


Hometown: Demopolis, Alabama

Major: Journalism

Sponsored by: WVUA-FM (90.7 The Capstone)

Platform/Charitable Cause: Autism Society of Alabama

Reason for choosing this cause: "In June, I met a curly-haired, 8-year-old boy named Milo. Upon meeting him, I realized he reminded me a lot of myself at that age. I even had the same head of curly hair when I was young. It helped open my eyes that kids with autism spectrum disorder are no different than anyone else. That moment was a beautiful realization for me, and I carry it with me everyday. My motivation in running for Homecoming Queen is to be the friendly face of the university; a trustworthy person students feel comfortable around and can approach with ease. Another motivator in running is to show outsiders that not every girl at this school dresses the same. We are classy individuals that sometimes gets lost in the shadow of stereotypes. I would love to be the person to change that perception."



Katie Baggett

Hometown: Brewton, AL

Major: Chemical Engineering

Sponsored by: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

Platform/Charitable Cause: The LiveLovely Foundation

Reason for choosing this cause: "The LiveLovely Foundation was started by Charlie Lovely, a 16 year old with leukemia from Alabama. Its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat adolescent and young adult cancer as well as help childhood cancer patients with medical bills. This group has not seen any improvement in survival rates in over thirty years, which is why the funding that The LivelyLovely Foundation has begun to put toward research is so important. I feel particularly close to this cause because I have lost many family members to cancer. I also would really love to support this organization because it is not well known and does so much great work. I am prepared to set up multiple fundraising events for this charity such as 5k runs, galas, and auctions. I want to help the student body realize that no one is safe from cancer, and no charity is too small to make a difference."



Halle Lindsay

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Major: Psychology, Biology - Pre-Medicine

Sponsored by: BLEND

Platform/Charitable cause - Cancer Awareness - UADM and UA for St. Jude

Reason for choosing this cause: "Homecoming Queen is the ambassador of unity and progress for the University of Alabama. I would be honored to be the woman to represent who we are today. Being involved across campus has allowed me to give back to our campus community, mediate diversity issues on campus and establish meaningful relationships. As president of XXXI, Greek Programming Board, and BLEND; A-Team; UA Student Recruitment, University Steward; and Alpha Gamma Delta Executive Council, I have grown to cherish my time at the university. My love for this campus has empowered me to not only change this institution, but also encourage others to do the same.

As Homecoming Queen, I will continue my campus efforts and encourage students to join the global fight against cancer. We all know someone who has been impacted by this disease and it is our responsibility to raise awareness. UA Dance Marathon and UA for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are lighting up life. As your Homecoming Queen, I would promote these and other cancer-awareness organizations throughout the year and ask you to join us. Together we will raise money for research funds and spread the message that no one fights alone."



Chayni Farmer

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Major: Criminal Justice

Sponsored by: Phi Sigma Theta

Platform/Charitable cause: Arts'nAutisim

Reason for choosing this cause: "The reason I support this cause is because this is a great program that helps children with limited language abilities and social skills engage in enriching art activities that promote communication and socialization."



Jasmine Davis

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Business Management

Sponsored by: National Pan-Hellenic Council

Platform/Charitable cause: Domestic Violence

Reason for choosing this cause: "Domestic Violence is a serious issue not only for women, but men and children as well. According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center out of the 22,000 violent crimes reported in 2013 16 percent of them were domestic violence incidents. Many times women feel as though they do not have a support system or cannot console in anyone their problems as to why I partnered with the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV). ACADV provides financial literacy, housing, financial assistance, job placement, etc. for women and their children who are suffering from domestic violence. I personally have a stake in this cause because last November my aunt was murdered by her partner leaving four children and her family grieving in her absence. I hope to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence by encouraging people to speak up for those who are unable or not yet ready to face their perpetrators. If I win Homecoming Queen I hope to organize a walk or dance marathon in order to raise funds to assist both the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Tuscaloosa’s Turning Point Women’s Shelter."


Katelyn Katsafanas

Hometown: Naperville, IL (Suburb of Chicago)

Major: Finance, specializing in Professional Sales

Sponsored by: Phi Mu

Platform/Charitable cause: Alabama Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Reason for choosing this cause: "The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization that hosts walks across the country in order to raise money for research towards suicide prevention, as well as educational programs for students and adults. They help get the conversation started about mental health awareness. Each state has its own chapter, and the Alabama Chapter has done some big things. The Tuscaloosa Community Out of the Darkness Walk was Sunday, October 4th, and we raised over $57,000 before the walk even started! Over 1,400 people participated, which I think is a testimony to how these events affect those who participate. Mental health awareness is something that means so much to me, and I'd be striving for more programs on campus relating to it even without this campaign. Last spring, three other students and I coordinated the UA Awareness Walk with the Counseling Center to share with students the resources available to them for their mental well-being. While we did not raise money with this walk, we raised awareness. I think educating people on various mental health issues as well as how to cope with them is extremely important. I hope to work with organizations on campus this year to implement more programs that will educate our students on the importance of their mental well-being. And, I hope to create an environment that will allow students to support each other through anything they may be going through. I am so excited to be working with such a wonderful organization, and I can’t thank them enough for their support!"



Khortlan Patterson

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Major: Religious Studies and African American Studies

Sponsored by: The Honors College Assembly

Platform/Charitable cause: I am representing 57 Miles, an Honors College volunteer organization that collaborates on various partnerships with community members in Perry County.

Reason for supporting this cause: I support 57 Miles because my experience teaching classes to middle school students at Francis Marion Middle School transformed my life. I believe 57 Miles embodies the Honors College creed: Knowledge changes you. You change the world. The organization provides a wonderful way for students to engage with Alabama communities in a mutually empowering manner.

Lauren Beers

Hometown: Warren Center, PA

Major: Masters in Sport Business Management

Platform/Charitable cause: ReadBAMARead; I want to promote childhood literacy by supporting ReadBAMARead and the donation of books to local schools.

Reason for supporting this cause: I support this cause because I feel that it is very important to encourage children to start reading early. The earlier they start to read, generally, the more successful they are in academics. Reading provides further learning opportunities and will help the children be successful throughout the rest of their life. Although this doesn't directly affect our campus, I feel that by educating our younger students in Alabama, we can help increase the numbers that pursue higher education.




There you have it, your 2015 Homecoming Queen Candidates. One of these lovely ladies will be crowned on Saturday during halftime of the Alabama vs. Arkansas football game.

Don't forget to cast your vote Tuesday, October 6, on myBama and Happy Homecoming!

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1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

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16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

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21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

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6 Things You Need To Make Sure You Do On And Off Campus Every Semester

Sometimes it's all we can do to just keep our heads above water, but if you try, you can feel very included in your college community.

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School is important, and higher education is increasingly becoming a necessity. Focusing on school alone, however, can start to get very lonely and stressful. Thankfully, there are a lot of different things that are constantly happening on and around college campuses. It can be overwhelming trying to balance a social, financial, and educational life, but if you try to do each of these following things at least once a semester, you can start to feel very included in your personal college experience.

1. Attend a Sporting Event

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Whether its something as popular as football, basketball, or baseball, or it's something fun to watch like soccer, hockey, or roller derby, or it's some random small sport that your school offers, attending a sporting event is usually free for any student. Going to watch a sport at least once a semester can make you feel included in the community of fans at your school, and give you an excuse to get hyped up and cheer for a couple hours, releasing built up stress. It's a great way to unwind after stressful times and to get involved in the college culture.

2. Attend a Theatre or Dance Production

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Support your university's arts programs! Whether it's a play or musical, or it's a dance concert or ballet, you're guaranteed to enjoy yourself when you go see a show that's put on by your fellow students.

If you're a social butterfly, chances are when you do go, whether to a large production that's ticketed or a small one that's free to attend, you're likely to find someone you know either in the audience or on the stage, so not only will you be supporting students in the arts, you very well may also be supporting your friends' hard work. While these performances are much less often free, it's not often that they'll break the bank, and they are always worth it.

3. Attend a Concert

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Again, support your school's art program! Whether you go to see an orchestra, a concert band, or a choir, enjoying the musical arts is a wonderful and emotional experience. It's a chance to relax and lose yourself in the music, and to discover some new stuff you may want to add to a studying playlist or maybe even an upbeat or hype playlist depending on the pieces performed.

Your fellow students work hard both in groups and individually to put on wonderful concerts and oftentimes they're overlooked and have significantly fewer people in attendance than they deserve. It's a great way to show your support and get a nice couple of hours of entertainment out of it.

The best part, most concerts at most universities are free and open to the public, so you can even bring your families along if you choose to and you can all enjoy an evening of good music together.

4. See a Featured Speaker

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Campuses across the country tend to have some sort of statement to uphold, whether it's a clear-cut purpose of higher learning, or it's a more complex motto of producing students who are self-aware in different areas. To help uphold this statement, they tend to have people come into one of their large performance halls and give a speech.

Whether this is a keynote speech for a conference or just a one-time guest for an evening, it's an enriching experience. Your school or an organization within your school has paid to bring someone on campus, they expect people to show up and hear what they have to say.

Even if you don't know who the person is, you may find yourself being a big fan of what they do or what they have to say, and you will always come away from their speech motivated and having learned something. Seeing good speakers give good speeches is always something that pays off well.

5. Attend an Event On Campus

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Events on campus come in many many forms, and vary from campus to campus. Some are long-standing traditions, some are happening for the first time ever, some have been around just a few years. These events may be big things like balls or carnivals or they may be as small as some free snacks and things being given out.

Regardless of what the events are, it's always a fun and engaging time to get out of the house/dorm/apartment and go enjoy what the people around you have been planning for you to enjoy. It's also a great way to really start to get to know people in your college community, a lot of them will be at these events, especially the social ones.

6. Attend an Off-Campus Event in Your Community

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Finally, it can get a little cramped sometimes if you spend all your time on campus, even if you are being social while there. Luckily, college towns are always active communities who host all sorts of events. Whether it's an art gallery in some museum, a small business shopping day with sales all over, a concert in your town's square, or just a typical Saturday when people are out and about, you can find something in your community to do that will help you feel refreshed.

Save up a bit of money and check out some local stores or restaurants, look at flyers around town, get yourself in the know, and then attend events to see what your community has going on. Not only will you meet new people and have new experiences, but it's also a great way to network for your future, especially if you intend on staying in your college town after graduating.

The best way to unwind and to make your college experience as fulfilling as possible is simply to get involved and see what's going on around you. Whenever you feel like you're too cooped up or you need to spice up your life, try and do one of these six things to make your day or week better. College is stressful, but there are many ways to unwind and de-stress all around you when you are in college.

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