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DIsconnecting from social media

Osman, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Now, more than ever, we are all connected through social media, but its is important to remember there is more to life than the endless collection of likes and dislikes. “I shared your post on Facebook!” “Dude, they retweeted me!” “Did you see that Snap I sent?” A life lived on social media i...

Ask Alex: finals and graduation prep

Ask Alex: finals and graduation prep

Alex, Columnist

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear Alex, I’m terribly nervous about my finals this week and next week. I haven’t been able to study much because I have three dogs and two part-time jobs. How can I prepare myself in time to take my finals? I don’t want to fail. I want to ace my finals, but I’m too nervous to even begin st...

Supreme Court hearing on same-sex wedding cake

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Free speech is a beautiful luxury in which we have been granted by our constitution. The downside of free speech - everyone has it, even those with whom we do not agree. This week this Supreme Court will hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Ph...

Ask Alex: Christmas gifts and study spots

Ask Alex: Christmas gifts and study spots

Alex, Columnist

November 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear Alex, I am insufferable to buy Christmas gifts for. People ask me what I want, and I genuinely don’t know what to tell them. I feel like I’ve got everything I need in life, so what the heck should I tell them? – Chris Miss Chris, I understand the feeling. When it gets to this season, I start taking notes o...

Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Black Friday has evolved into a holiday in and of itself. This retail holiday has overpowered Thanksgiving, and those who participate in this frenzied shopping often place more importance on it than they do the actual Thanksgiving holiday. Some of us do not Black Friday shop. Ever. There is eve...

Maybe we need to lose our heroes

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Amid the constant torrent of headlines about celebrity scandals, many of us are sitting with our fingers crossed, praying that the lens doesn’t fall on our favorite actors. Please, not Will Smith. The thing about that is, if we are going to progress as a nation, we have to be willing to lose a few o...

Giving is more important

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

You have officially reached adulthood when the holiday season has you thinking more about what you can give of yourself than what gifts you may anticipate receiving. This is an idea that has - obviously - become more clear to me as a parent. When family and friends ask what gifts I would like, the ...

Ask Alex: Excessive Drinking, Procrastination

Ask Alex: Excessive Drinking, Procrastination

Alex, Columnist

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Ask Alex Hey Alex, I think I might drink too much. I don’t think I’m a full-on alcoholic, but it does feel like my drinking gets in my way of enjoying things to the full extent. I thought that was the point of drinking, though. What do you think, Alex? – Anonymous The key to answering your question lies...

Be kind to your cashier

Be kind to your cashier

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Imagine, for a moment, a crowd of several hundred people. They gather at the doors, an unintelligible cacophony of voices and rustling of jackets, reverberating through the glass and echoing against the walls. The clock ticks its last audible “tick,” before the doors open and a tidal wave of shoppers spills ...

They Can Wait

Osman, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As much as one would love to go to every party, make every dinner date and see every movie, there’s nothing wrong with cancelling plans to make time for more important things. This group of friends wants to get together Friday night. This other group of friends wants to get together Saturday nigh...

Ask Alex: Dissection and Winter Woes

Ask Alex: Dissection and Winter Woes

Alex, Columnist

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Hey Alex, I’ll spare you all the specifics, but I think I have to take some classes this next semester that include dissection of insects and animals. I’m not sure I’m a fan of how these animals and insects are essentially farmed for this purpose, after watching a documentary or two on the subject. Do...

Bergdahl Has Served His Time

Bergdahl Has Served His Time

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Even President Trump once referred to him as a “dirty rotten traitor” during his campaign.

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