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Jealousy a red flag for abuse

Jealousy a red flag for abuse

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

When thinking of abusive relationships, a lot of times the first thing we think about is physical abuse. We picture someone with bruises covering their arms and legs. However, abusive relationships that are mentally abusive can be just as damaging as a physically abusive relationship. One of the major ...

Polite prejudice not polite

Polite prejudice not polite

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion

There may not be a more frustrating sentence in the English language than, “I don’t mind LGBT people. I just don’t agree with their lifestyle”. The concept of “not agreeing” with LGBT people is a baffling one. How can someone “not agree” about a fundamental fact about a person’s life? ...

Tumblr, bring back our porn

Tumblr, bring back our porn

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Blogging platform Tumblr announced back in December that it would be scrubbing itself of all adult content, but the move will only have a negative effect on its users. The company said on their website “adult content is not allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are. Adult content primarily incl...

A month means nothing

A month means nothing

Bowman Clark, News Editor

February 5, 2019


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The Gregorian Calendar is a travesty, lacking any semblance of reason. The decisions for changes have been ridiculous, leading to a unit of time, a “month,” that is variable, arbitrary and annoying. December, a word derived from the Latin word decem, meaning 10, is as one might expect, the 12t...

Group projects provide needed communication skills

Group projects provide needed communication skills

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Imagine you are sitting in class, waiting for it to be over and you hear the dreaded words “group project.” You quickly start picking out the worst people to be stuck with in your class and hope you get a least one other person that is willing to work. Individual projects may seem more productive...

Ratings of professors not always reliable

Ratings of professors not always reliable

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As you start to sign up for classes, one of the first things that most of us do is look at the ratings of the professors that teach our classes. These ratings are submitted by students who have taken a course taught by the professor, but can they be trusted? Not always. Professors are rated on eve...

Problem-solving skills can be a lifesaver

Problem-solving skills can be a lifesaver

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

January 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Most colleges are quick to advertise that they are here to prepare students for their transition into the workforce. However, how often does a classroom setup actually prepare you for what your job is actually going to be like? The answer is very seldom. When working an actual job, very few times a...

Involvement Fair allows students to all come together

Involvement Fair allows students to all come together

Alleigh Dillman, Staff Writer

January 22, 2019


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The Student Involvement Fair at USI allows all clubs and organizations on campus, old and new, and of all varieties, to come together and show every student that there is something out there for them to become involved in. This semester’s Involvement Fair was the attraction of the week with numerous stude...

Art Center does not reflect student needs, wants

Art Center does not reflect student needs, wants

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 15, 2019


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As USI continues to thrive and polish the campus with new shiny buildings, art students are forced to bottle up their frustrations and reluctantly retreat to the hovering bunker that is one of the least updated buildings on all of campus. All other buildings on campus stand tall and proud, and yet the ...

The coffee cup dilemma

The coffee cup dilemma

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Megan Thorne Can I just preface all that is about to follow with the simple statement that I know there are bigger issues in the world? I know there is worldwide hunger, I know there isn’t enough parking on campus, I know the government is shut down, I know bipartisan politics have torn America apart...

Is winter break too long?

Is winter break too long?

Alleigh Dillman, Staff Writer

January 8, 2019


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With the kickstart of the spring semester, students are met with conflicting feelings. Joy and comfort with the presence of their college family, topped with stress and dread of the upcoming semester and the load of work it plans on bringing. While upperclassmen have adjusted to the seasonal breaks, this e...

Consequences of feeding stray cats

Consequences of feeding stray cats

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

January 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion

For many of the students that live here on campus, one of the greatest joys is walking outside and being greeted by the cats that roam around the buildings. Though it may be tempting to run to your cabinets to see what food you have for them, it is best not to feed the cats outside. The cats aroun...

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