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A bitter taste

A bitter taste

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

There is so much about life that should make us smile and so much to be optimistic about; not that our recent fascination with nihilism and self-destruction has helped anyone see that. It seems like in the last year the fresh horrors of the world have come thicker and faster than ever before. Everythin...

Have empathy for victims of wildfire

Have empathy for victims of wildfire

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Imagine losing everything you own to fire. Your home, your clothes, your vehicles and other personal effects, irreplaceable family photos and heirlooms - all burned away to ashes. Everything you have worked for your entire life is gone. This is a devastating reality for thousands of people on the west...

Ask Alex: On flaky partners and running

Ask Alex: On flaky partners and running

Alex, Columnist

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear Alex, I have the world’s the flakiest group project partner. Whenever we text and schedule a time to meet to work on the project, he never manages to show up. Not even for a little bit. Should I forget about him and carry on with the project by myself, or should I chew him out in person for ne...

Reconsider mass shooting coverage

Reconsider mass shooting coverage

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Is there too much media coverage of mass shootings, or other acts of terrorism, either international or domestic? With 24-hour news coverage on television, and home internet and mobile data making the speed of news almost instantaneous, we are overwhelmed by the amount of detail we can obtain about these...

Shaking up the monotony

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When the normalcy of everyday life becomes too normal, sometimes one needs to shake things up. And sometimes, that shakeup can be as simple as finding a new hobby. The typical schedule for the typical student is usually wake up early, go to class, do nothing for a few hours, go to work, get home, do...

Keep on keeping on

Keep on keeping on

Megan Thorne, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Megan Thorne The sun streamed through the blinds into the hallway as my father hugged me, tears streaming out of our eyes. That morning we were told my mom had to go to an oncologist for precancerous cells in her uterus. The same morning my dad had to have an EKG and heart tests due to high blood pre...

A fitting name

A fitting name

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The next time some jackasses decide to unload assault rifles into crowds, we all need to agree to label them as terrorists. All of them. Sunday night saw a horrific attack occur in Las Vegas as a gunman opened fire on concert-goers. According to the LA Times, 59 have lost their lives and another 52...

Taking a knee is a constitutional right

Taking a knee is a constitutional right

Jennifer Hauser, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

One of the best things about living in the United States of America is that we all have the right to peaceably assemble and to petition our own government, with the protection of our Constitution and the First Amendment. Even if one disagrees with the Take a Knee movement, with the opinion that it is ...

Ask Alex: Regarding major choice and romantic rejection

Ask Alex: Regarding major choice and romantic rejection

Alex, Columnist

September 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Hey Alex, I’m no longer enjoying my job. I applied to where I work because I genuinely thought I’d like it. My coworkers and the hours I’m given are awful. I’m called to go in during class sometimes! What do you think I should do? – Unhappily Employed Employed, have you started looki...

A threat worth restricting

A threat worth restricting

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It is Monday morning, and I’ve woken up to the most horrifying news. Amidst the growing threat of nuclear war, President Trump has expanded travel restrictions to North Korea. Here is the horrifying bit-I’m actually okay with that. From the get-go, Trump’s travel ban was a monumentally div...

To be a real patriot

To be a real patriot

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s easy to ignore the meaning of our flag, but that doesn’t mean the flag stops representing America. In this time of politically-charged arguments on Facebook and Twitter about who’s a better American, it’s time to have a talk about a long-running problem here in Evansville and nation...

Local galleries important potential resource

Local galleries important potential resource

ShaeBreanne Richardson, Staff Writer

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Art students at USI should not ignore the opportunities available to them through local galleries. Not only are galleries cool places to hang out and get inspired, getting to know other local artists and gallery owners provides an advantage to artists who are ready to show their work. I took a trip down...

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