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Roommate Reality

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 9, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Relationships ‘should be a measurement of success’

Relationships ‘should be a  measurement of success’

Jessica Stallings, Visual Editor
December 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Growing up, my friendships constantly ended, whether it was because my friends moved or we simply lost touch over time. I soon became aware that my grades were the only permanent thing in my life. I was always told when I grew up my career would be something I would always have no matter how many of my f...

Pence perspective: Election Day from the perspective of a Pence family member

Pence perspective: Election Day from the perspective of a Pence family member

Gracie Poynter
November 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

November 8  at 3:32 a.m. was the last time the Pence family woke up without the knowledge that their brother, uncle or son would be the 48th Vice President of the United States. Election day has to be one of the most newsworthy days in American History, but for me it was personal. Mike Pence, Go...

Don’t take advantage of resources

Don’t take advantage of resources

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
November 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Shaking the rain off my hood, I made my way up the stairs of the library and into the study room I had reserved. I caught the eye of my friend whom I planned to meet to study with as we made our way into the two-person room. “I cannot believe it,” junior special and elementary education Whitney Mosier s...

Every action has a reaction

Every action has a reaction

Brandon Cole, Staff Writer
November 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Drinking has become a rite of passage in America, but if people are not careful that choice can impact their life and others. Three members of the Rinehart family from Newburgh had their lives cut short because of the actions of one young man who chose to drink and drive. Ruth (74) and Sophie (17) a...

Medicine for the heart

Medicine for the heart

Sarah Rogers, Staff Writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In this post-election season, I feel we have forgotten something very important. We have forgotten Thanksgiving; we have forgotten to be thankful. I remember growing up, my mother had my siblings and I recite in sing-song voices “a thankful heart is good medicine.” Good medicine. Medicine...

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