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Always the new kid

Always the new kid

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
September 7
Filed under Opinion

I’ve never felt like I had a hometown. For me, home is where my family and animals are. My journey started 19 years ago in Fort Pierce, Florida where I spent the first two years of life. From there I moved to Okeechobee, Florida,  Clayton, Georgia, Logansport, Indiana, Sylva, North Carolina and when I was 14 I move...

Pokemon go

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
September 7
Filed under Opinion

Watching the Pokemon franchise recapture the world by storm in mere days gives me great hope for the upcoming presidential election. For all of the half-baked think-pieces about how Millennials ruin everything and are incapable of succeeding in the real world, they made a poorly designed game the most...

‘I just want to talk’

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
September 7
Filed under Opinion

When the name “Kaepernick” comes to mind, I immediately think of the heated shouting matches his actions recently incited. Meanwhile, I’m just wondering “Can we all just sit down and actually talk about this?” Between mass killings, videos of police misconduct and this circus of an election ...

Put down the phone

Sarah Rogers, Staff Writer
September 1
Filed under Opinion

I recently attended a Cleveland Indians game, my first major league baseball game. My expectations for the game were loosely based on movies I’d seen which took place in the 50s.

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Ignorance isn’t innocence

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
September 1
Filed under Opinion

It was a Saturday afternoon and I was trying to talk to my friend about the news I saw that morning. The whole time she would say things like “You can’t trust that,” “How do you know this?” “Why does it matter?” or completely ignore the important facts of the story.

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Social media: a double-edged sword

Brandon Cole, Staff Writer
September 1
Filed under Opinion

Social media is a tool. If one is able to continuously evolve in the mechanics, accomplishments are limitless. The problem is, too many people use social media to expose their Achilles heal.

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Look out for unexpected turns

Brandon Cole, Staff Writer
August 24
Filed under Opinion

Economic uncertainty can leave you out of breath, treading just to keep your head above water. After obtaining my journalism degree from USI in 2007 and working in the field for a few years, the economy took a major hit.

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It is what it is

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
August 24
Filed under Opinion

Some of the bravest people are those who suffer but are able to stay strong. They have a way of capturing us with their determination, courage and strength, making our problems seem so insignificant in a matter of seconds.

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Please buy responsibly

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
August 24
Filed under Opinion

Every alcoholic beverage has some form of the words “drink responsibly” printed on its packaging. I’d like to request that students who smuggle booze onto campus consider these words in effect as soon as they start driving to a liquor store.

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Life with a “little me time”

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
August 24
Filed under Opinion

I’m standing on a street corner in Nashville, sending a text to a friend. “Sorry man, I’m not home today,” I type before heading toward an art museum. Today’s my day off, and as I make my way through the heart of this giant city, all I can think is “I needed this.”

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The real you

Sarah Rogers, Staff Writer
August 18
Filed under Opinion

I read somewhere that once you have a reputation, it doesn’t require much maintenance.

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Who needs enemies

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
August 18
Filed under Opinion

There are few things worse than being close to someone who’s harmful to you. Leaving them can be the most difficult thing you’ll ever do, but you owe it to yourself to want something better.

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