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Know the word ‘no’

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 9
Filed under Opinion

For 11 years, I believed my “no” was meaningless. Today, I know differently. I spent my childhood free time roaming the streets around my apartment complex with a boy I thought was cool. I trusted him and wanted him to like me. He was older, more outspoken and physically stronger than I. On occ...

Not a ‘real’ fan

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
February 9
Filed under Opinion

I am a poser. By society’s standards of what a true fan is supposed to be, I am a cheap cardboard imitation, trying hard to act enthused as others passionately talk about the latest “Grey’s Anatomy” season. I have yet to decide if I am an anomaly.   I was in elementary school when my b...

I am my own valentine

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
February 9
Filed under Opinion

We are about a week away from the day that drowns everyone in hearts and roses. Valentine’s Day is when couples spend more money on each other as if the recent holidays were not enough, as well as italicizing and bolding their love for each other. This can seem very affectionate and heart throbbing...

Freedom of religion

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
February 9
Filed under Opinion

I have heard the term freedom of religion every day since I started school. It is a right granted by the United States Constitution. Lately, I have noticed a downward spiral of rights granted by the Constitution, leading me to wonder who actually has religious freedom? I experience being unable ...

Empathy not executive orders

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 31
Filed under Opinion

I hate the term alien. Like children with tear-streaked dirty faces are from another planet. I do not understand how Americans can have such a disdain for immigrants, and then turn around and say how sad it is that people in other countries are living through atrocities. You would think the a...

The year of the march

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Opinion

Every year for the past 44 years, there has been a profound march of people from all over the United States walking for the right to life, to end abortion, and to defund Planned Parenthood. This is a march that I have respectfully been part of for a couple years. Recently, on January 27th, a record amount o...

Superb Super Bowl Sunday

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Opinion

Sunday night will be the night millions of Americans’ eyes are glued to a television screen.   The New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons will claim this year’s Super Bowl winning title, and Americans everywhere will be throwing parties to watch the event. Super Bowl parties are full ...

Make change not memes

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Opinion

This past month has been the wildest for politics since, well, last month. But if you have any grievances about our nation, you have to recognize that the time for passiveness is over. What good is sharing a meme or making a passive-aggressive tweet about the presidency or the recent controver...

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Opinion

Three students from Kellogg Community College were arrested January 20th for handing out copies of the United States Constitution. The students told their peers about their Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter, an organization that seeks to identify, educate, train and mobilize young people commi...

College student vs. parking ticket

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
January 24
Filed under Opinion

Let’s address this problem straight up and to the point. The university hands out parking tickets like they have an elected official to monitor every single spot this school has. I recently got a new car over Thanksgiving break and within 20 minutes of me parking (decal-less) to unload my c...

Embracing my introversion

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
January 24
Filed under Opinion

I have spent much of my life trying to convince myself the only way to be “normal” was to be social. My closest friends growing up were extroverts. They were funny and outgoing, and everyone wanted to be around them. I, the quiet one of the bunch, always felt like the weirdo. I resented how awkward I ...

Guns and college students: is there room for both on campus?

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 24
Filed under Opinion

It is my constitutional right to defend myself. A university hosted town hall meeting discussed House Bill 1258 which would prohibit universities from banning legally owned guns on campus. It is my constitutional duty to be an informed and responsible citizen. Considering the following, I...

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