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The coffee cup dilemma

The coffee cup dilemma

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 15, 2019


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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


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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...

Inaction in the face of racism

Inaction in the face of racism

Bowman Clark, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


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The racist fliers found on USI’s campus have caused outrage, disgust and sadness. In response, the student body has remained largely apathetic, despite the university’s attempts to discuss and address the situation. The meeting was held at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in Forum 1, a time when many do not have cl...

Natural yet hurtful labels of society

Natural yet hurtful labels of society

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


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Being an introvert or an extrovert has become a natural label in our society. However, just because someone is shy does not mean they are an introvert. Along with that, just because someone is outgoing does not mean that they are an extrovert. They are simply labels we feel the need to give ourselves...

Campus comment: the concept of a horse

Campus comment: the concept of a horse

Keegan Roembke, Campus Commenter

November 26, 2018


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Andrew Bird, one of my favorite artists and a guy from Illinois who can play the violin a few different ways, writes in his song “Case in Point,” “you know, you can’t ride the concept of a horse, but still I try.” I enjoy the visualization this metaphor subtly provides, and I’ve begu...

What type of learning is best for your degree?

What type of learning is best for your degree?

Jessica McKinley, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


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Is online learning better than face to face learning? Are we just getting lazy when we don’t like getting up to go to class every day? In today’s world, we are making everything more and more dependent on technology. So, logically we have moved some classes to online platforms. Walking around cam...

Why the recreation center has great opportunities

Why the recreation center has great opportunities

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


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Some people’s childhoods were filled with Disney movies that depicted plucky, young athletes who played team sports like basketball or football. They seemed to make the game fun and exciting. My aspirations to be like these people always started out with practicing and dreaming of joining a te...

The patriot in all of us

The patriot in all of us

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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Many sports lovers talk of the exhilarating moments of the game, yet I find myself on the edge of my seat on Election Day. Waiting for the results to come in is like watching Romeo Langford aim for a three point shot when the game is in over time. Ever since the 2008 election, game strategies of politics have i...

Problems of higher education

Problems of higher education

Abraham Ramsey, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


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Students may believe that this college is one of many across the country that has perfected cost-effective education. However, every college in the United States and the institution of higher education as a whole faces a number of problems that could be hindering students’ education and costing ...

Importance of budgeting as a student

Importance of budgeting as a student

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


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Budgeting is one of those words that can make college students tune out pretty quickly. The idea of managing money when you are already trying to manage college, work and a social life can seem like a hassle. However, just having a savings account where you deposit ten dollars a week can help you hi...

How to make stress work for you

How to make stress work for you

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


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As the leaves turn colors and die, students around campus are feeling like they are dying as well. This epidemic of stress and anxiety affect the most laid-back students. The person who skips class every Friday is probably freaking out right now over their upcoming papers and exams that are due. W...

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