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Here’s to you

Here’s to you

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
April 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I can say with the utmost sincerity that this year was the hardest year of my life. Of course, I’m young. There’s always time for a reign of chaos to sneak up on me when I’m 42, but for right now, 21 has been rough. Personally, professionally and academically I struggled. It all seemed to ti...

The strong state

The strong state

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Earlier this week, there was been a lot of bomb dropping on fellow states around the world, particularly Syria and Afghanistan. It’s no secret that the Middle East has been a topic of conversation the past year, but recently things have been getting rough. Although it seems like the Middle E...

Victim blaming

Victim blaming

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I’ve noticed this trend of blaming victims for what has happened to them, and it’s done by bringing up their past, regardless of how relevant it is to their victimization. I personally find it disgusting, and I’ll be happy when it doesn’t take the place of actual news. “This person was...

The moments of tomorrow

The moments of tomorrow

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The world we live in is a big joke. We literally reside in a living punch line. If you take a moment just to see the irony and humor behind world events you might give off a chuckle. Everyone who is anyone on this planet knows that our globe is warming. The atmosphere is heating up, which might ...

Art of argument

Art of argument

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The United States is a pretty diverse place. There are over 310 religions and denominations, differing political stances and a wide array of cultures. Yet it seems all we want to do is talk with people with whom we agree. We associate only with people who have all the same opinions as us, have...

Writing: going by the wayside?

Writing: going by the wayside?

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
April 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

There is an ethical and moral distinction between a diary and a journal. A diary is covered in pink taffeta with a heart shaped lock keeping its 9-year-old secrets from the prying eyes of 7-year-old brothers. A diary is the essence of petty problems and frivolous dreams. A journal is home...

What did the server do to you?

What did the server do to you?

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It is a Friday night. A scrumptious meal sounds enticing. Provided by a local dining spot, it is just the thing to kick back after a long week. The host greets you whilst taking in the aroma of the delicious foods presented all around. A device is given to you that will eventually buzz to beckon...

This could mean war

This could mean war

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It’s not very often that something our nation does fills me with a feeling of dread, but the news of our recent missile strike in Syria managed to do just that. I know we’ve all gotten tired of discussing politics, and I’m not going to criticize our government for what was probably a difficult...

The famous Tapingo

The famous Tapingo

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Recently USI brought a new stop-and-go app called Tapingo to campus. Tapingo is an app where you can order food or drinks in advance from the convenience of your own phone, helping you get to the good stuff faster and skip those long lines. I recently began using it, only because I saw so many...

Assessing assessment apathy

Assessing assessment apathy

Gavin Gaddis, Community Engagement Manager
April 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

After three years at USI as a transfer student, the Assessment Goblin finally got me. It was only then I found out the major field assessments are basically pointless in reflecting one’s educational development. Now, I know that I shouldn’t have bothered caring about the assessment, and neither...

The winter that never happened

The winter that never happened

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
April 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Campus has officially been decorated for SpringFest. Hammocks have invaded the grassy areas, students have reclaimed the outdoor picnic tables, and guys in shorts can finally stop pretending they aren’t cold. Normally I understand the excitement of spring--winter is the spawn of Satan. Generally...

It’s all worth it

It’s all worth it

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
April 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion

We’ve all made mistakes, some larger and more impactful than others. Sometimes they’re big enough to bog us down and impede our progress. Even when things are at their worst, it’s important to never stop moving forward. With that being said, I have been in college now far longer than I had...

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