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Winter flourish

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
January 24
Filed under Opinion

The long dreary winter months play host to many cries of anguish and misery. When the temperature doesn’t get above 40 degrees, people also seem to have trouble getting their optimism above a certain degree. With sunshine continually lacking everyday and bitter cold nipping all around us, it ...

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 17
Filed under Opinion

  Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The conservative elephant walking around a liberal arts college proudly proclaiming she plans to be a journalist. I am the elephant. While I identify as an Independent, I would be lying if I said my views do not fall mostly with the cons...

Chivalry: Not Dead, Just Misunderstood

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
January 17
Filed under Opinion

I was scrolling through my Facebook page when I saw a post that made me completely lose hope in society. There was a picture of a man holding a box of Little Caesars pizza and roses while riding the subway. Criticizing comments filled the bottom of the post. They questioned why he would even try ...

Affordable Health Care, Not For Everyone

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
January 17
Filed under Opinion

In 2009, President Barack Obama was sworn into office and from that day America changed in many ways. Under the Obama Administration, America welcomed its first African American President, unified ties with Cuba for the first time, and created the first universal health care plan, passing in 2010, and...

Becoming A Binge-Watching Recluse

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
January 17
Filed under Opinion

In the past five years, streaming video content has become the popular way to enjoy television and movies. Being able to retrieve your favorite show or watch a memorable movie at the tap of a finger is the reality we all live in. Companies like Netflix and Hulu are the two, main streaming video...

Roommate Reality

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 9
Filed under Opinion

The probability of being lifelong friends with your freshman roommate is unlikely. The probability incoming freshman will actually believe that is even more unlikely. It seems most students come into college with an expectation that living with someone they have never met before will play out like...

Sorry Rice Library…Try Again

Maxywell Carlton, Opinion Writer
January 9
Filed under Opinion

Last semester played host to many new things for the students here at the University of Southern Indiana. From new fast food choices to high quality sushi, students enjoyed many exciting advancements brought to campus. One of those new advancements included the new interactive program, BookIt!, ...

Testing Trauma

Megan Thorne, Chief Photographer
January 9
Filed under Opinion

I tapped my pencil against the wooden desk, waiting for the answers to transfer from my brain onto my paper. 30 minutes into my exam and I was still on the first page of my test. Students were already handing theirs in, confident in their answers. My palms were sweaty and my face pale with fear i...

Thank You Card Vs. Thank You Tour

Thank You Card Vs. Thank You Tour

Gracie Poynter, Staff Writer
December 9
Filed under Opinion

Most presidents show their gratitude for being elected as president of the United States through speeches and fulfilling the promises they made to America during their campaign. President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have departed on a battleground state tour, thanking the people...

‘No good journalists’

‘No good journalists’

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
December 8
Filed under Opinion

Last week local journalist Brad Byrd spoke to an audience of 20 about the dark side of social media. Among other topics, Byrd addressed the allegation that all media is biased. As a journalism major writing for The Shield, I will admit it is a little annoying to have a prerequisite of sneaky, biased...

See past the smokeshow

See past the smokeshow

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
December 8
Filed under Opinion

Walking through campus I spot a group of students sitting under a tree near the Arts Center, puffing on their vape pens. A little further along I notice a woman in her thirties answering a phone call between drags of a cigarette near the rear entrance to the Liberal Arts Building. As I pass them both,...

Reaction is worth a thousand words

Reaction is worth a thousand words

Gracie Poynter, Staff Writer
December 8
Filed under Opinion

​A few weeks ago, a new president was elected into office. The president has the ability to appoint the leaders of each branch of government, sign in new laws, abolish laws the previous leader signed and access top secret information. Each president is either disliked or completely inspiring. ​H...

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