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Melodramatic Megans: The Welcome Center fails to welcome

Melodramatic Megans: The Welcome Center fails to welcome

Megan Miller and Megan Thorne

September 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It was 2016, the sun was shining and there was a beautiful spacious area outside the Performance Center. It was filled with trees, squirrels and benches where we used to spend the days relaxing and drinking smoothies. And now, there is a giant slab of concrete and no more squirrels or smoothies. I...

Let’s embrace technology, not discourage it

Let’s embrace technology, not discourage it

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the last 15 years, society has been introduced to a vast number of technological innovations that have made our lives easier and made previous inventions obsolete. Our generation has witnessed the rise of social media, GPS, smartphones and tablets that can entertain us, help us study and find ...

Campus reputation and attitude changing for the better

Campus reputation and attitude changing for the better

Keegan Roembke, Contributor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Ever since stepping foot on campus, I have never once regretted coming here. However, at times I’ve gotten different feelings from my fellow students. At times, my enthusiasm has been curbed because of the perceived negativity I’ve felt from others about the school that has provided me and so m...

Not attending college doesn’t mean failure

Not attending college doesn’t mean failure

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There is a common belief in society that has been far too ingrained in people’s heads and treated as if it is a fact rather than one’s opinion. It is the ridiculous misconception that if a teenager doesn’t end up going to college, they’re going to be a failure and end up with a job at McDona...

Online classes equally beneficial

Online classes equally beneficial

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

According to a study done by the University of the Potomac, almost 70 percent of students think online classes are as good or even better than traditional classrooms, while 77 percent of educators think of traditional and online classrooms as being equally good. USI has 11 degree programs acces...

Opposite personalities attract

Opposite personalities attract

Jasmine Myers, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I recently read a blog post that said people with type A personality and type B personality cannot have true meaningful friendships. I immediately called my best friend and began ranting to her about how much I disagreed with the post. That best friend is also my mom and our personalities are like d...

Soviet Union course proves eye-opening

Soviet Union course proves eye-opening

Keegan Roembke, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Not surprisingly, that gets mixed reactions when you tell people. I’d divide the initial reactions into two groups: those who find it genuinely interesting and those who scoff at the idea of learning about this weird, parallel, one-sidedly taught 82-year period in history. The last time I got a strange reaction from ...

Traveling reveals, not changes

Traveling reveals, not changes

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I always imagined that going overseas would change you. In a way, maybe, but I would argue going overseas reveals you, not changes you. It reveals the person you are, the person you want to be, challenges your prejudices and reveals ones you didn’t think were there. I think that is important. I...

Our nonexistent public transportation

Our nonexistent public transportation

Keegan Roembke, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It isn’t something that’s ever given much thought in the United States, and especially in our area of the country. We’ve grown up without it for the most part, and many of us start driving to school as soon as we turn sixteen years old. But when you leave the country you notice it, or when you talk t...

Issues with centrism

Issues with centrism

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In this current political environment, there’s a push to find a middle ground. There’s this idea that there’s no true “right side” to a debate.  Every debate has nuances, and it’s wrong to look at the world through such a black and white lens. Unfortunately, this kind of mindset has led ...

Staff Editorial: ‘We choose to celebrate’

Staff Editorial: ‘We choose to celebrate’

Staff Editorial

August 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Shield has undergone numerous changes over the course of the past five decades. We’ve changed names, paper sizes, logos and staffs. However, there is something we have never changed. Our passion to deliver the truth to our readership.

Millennials are Killing X Industry

Millennials are Killing X Industry

Megan Miller, Chief Copy Editor

August 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Replace “X” with anything from napkins to Applebee’s to, now, mayonnaise, and you have one of the viral headlines that have been circulating for the past few months. The term “millennial” has a relatively shaky definition, but Pew Research Center defines it as including anyone born between th...

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