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Give yourself time to ripen

Give yourself time to ripen

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under Opinion

A tomato doesn't start off ripe, red and ready to be picked. It first must grow until the point in its life when it's ready to turn red. This can be said for the average college student. Fresh out of high school, many graduates’ fall plans are to attend college, to get a degree in something...

Dispense with the fence

Dispense with the fence

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It’s 8:45 a.m., and I’m doing what I usually do—taking a moment to stare at the students depicted on the fence around the yet-to-be Fuquay Welcome Center. I walk up to the image of two young men, frozen mid-conversation, and I say, “So, like, why are you still here?” Hopefully no one...

White picket fence barriers

White picket fence barriers

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Ignorance is bliss, right? The Washington Post published an article written by Thomas Gibbons-Neff about Wilmington, Ohio. Long story short, this utopia of a town doesn’t concern themselves with politics. The article spotlighted the lack of concern residents expressed about the world outside...

The beauty behind a beastly argument

The beauty behind a beastly argument

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The 2017 rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” has a gay character, and everyone has been going back and forth about it. Though we may disagree about it, we need to acknowledge that the content isn’t harmful to us; certainly not in the ways we might think. Let me take a moment to talk about...

The Rachel challenge

The Rachel challenge

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

This past week I had the opportunity to watch the movie “I Am Not Ashamed.” The movie spotlights the life of Rachel Joy Scott, a victim of the Columbine shooting. Rachel was a force to be reckoned with, and though she had a rocky past, she embraced everyone around her with kindness and truly...

Finding your best friends

Finding your best friends

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I am a firm believer in meeting the greatest friends of your life in college. For those who choose not to attend college, there are other places you meet those life-long friends. But college is the best place. Freshman are generally concerned whether or not people will like them. Sometimes...

Controlled starvation

Controlled starvation

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Dieting has affected most people at one time or another. Whether someone aspires to lose weight or to gain a certain amount of muscle, their diet is affected and manipulated to achieve these results. With spring break just coming to a close, the gym was a popular spot for many people...

Shuttle shortcoming

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
March 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Not every college student owns a car. While this is not an earth-shattering revelation, it is quite surprising how much the university seems to assume every college student owns a car. This observation stems from the convenience of the university busing system. The University of Southern...

USI book a room

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The first place students think to go when they need to cram for a test or quiz is the library. This means grabbing a nice Starbucks drink and heading up to the rooms or quiet study halls up on the second, third, or fourth floor. However, there’s a problem you could possibly run into when you’re...

Spring break at home

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Next week everyone here at the University of Southern Indiana gets to take the week off. No studies, no exams and even no time-consuming trips around the parking lot looking for a parking spot. Its spring break and I cannot name one person who is not ready for it. The majority of students have...

Proud to be Jewish

Megan Thorne, Chief Photographer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

My religion and heritage haven’t always been accepted. Throughout my life, I’ve had to deal with hateful comments, bullying and prejudice that follows being Jewish. I never felt like I could be proud. I never was able to understand the hate. Since Trump’s presidency I have seen multiple...

More than an “X”

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

February 23 serves as a day to shine a light on slavery across the globe. Freedom fighters and advocates draw a red “X” on their hand to show the world around them that they are in it to win the fight against slavery. This creates awareness, and freedom fighters are encouraged to send questionnaires...

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