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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...

Dear Donald Trump

Megan Thorne, Opinion
October 19
Filed under Opinion

Dear Donald Trump, As a journalist, I am supposed to have an objective view when it comes to talking and writing about politics.

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SGA talks plans for 2016

Riley Guerzini, Staff writer
September 1
Filed under News

Student Government Association discussed future events, such as a campaign against sexual assault and an event focusing on racial tensions, at its first meeting Aug. 25. SGA president Ashley Wright and Administrative Vice President for Social and Cultural Issues Christina Lutes will lead the campaign ...

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Abigail Suddarth, Staff writer
April 13
Filed under Features

Ellen Cooper didn’t think she would make it through middle school, let alone high school. After being raped when she was 13-years-old, she became depressed and thought she would eventually commit suicide

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Student to encourage assault awareness at event

Student to encourage assault awareness at event

Nick Leighty, Staff writer
April 6
Filed under Features

Two weeks are missing from Ellen Cooper’s memory — the two weeks following her sexual assault could have never happened for all she knows. Cooper was 13-years-old when she and a friend went looking for alcohol. Her friend knew an older man, who said he would give them alcohol for free. Cooper sa...

You are not alone

Ellen Cooper, Staff Writer
February 3
Filed under Opinion

To all of the women and men who have experienced sexual abuse in some way, this is for you. Recently, the Dean of Students Office  released statistics regarding sexual assault on campus. According to the data, sexual assaults on campus are on the rise. This, however, might not be due to an increase...

Two sex crimes reported on campus

Gabi Wy, News Editor
December 8
Filed under News

Two separate sex offenses were reported on the university crime log on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2.

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Thinking about ‘Think About It’

Thinking about ‘Think About It’

Gabi Wy
August 27
Filed under News

Bryan Rush, dean of students and an avid promoter of a safe community at the university, said he wants students to care for each other and have each other’s backs. To Rush, communication from student to faculty is of utmost importance. In cooperation with federal mandates, the university req...

Students take steps in her shoes

Students take steps in her shoes

Bobby Shipman
April 8
Filed under News

A family friend raped Andrew Gregory at the age of 4. Scared to tell his parents, this continued until he was 7. “I was told by my rapist that if I ever told my parents he would kill me,” he said. Gregory and another victim of domestic violence told their stories to a crowd of over 500 people...

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