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Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Anxiety is a word that gets used more and more often as time progresses. However, it is starting to get misused for people who crave the attention that the serious disorder brings. This misuse has started to cause a lack of seriousness for those who are actually suffering from a real disorder, as they are...

Speaking, reading events on campus leave positive impacts

Speaking, reading events on campus leave positive impacts

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Opinion

USI is known for many enjoyable activities and programs, but some of the most influential and popular aspects of campus are the events involving guest speakers and readings. Inviting guest speakers and having organized events where writers or passionate creators can exhibit their works makes a p...

College away from home may be better

College away from home may be better

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

From the time we are born until we move out, our parents are the people that we turn to for guidance on what choices to make. When something goes wrong, we often depend on them to show us how to fix things. When looking at colleges, it may seem like an easy choice to pick a school as close to home as p...

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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 ...

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