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Challenges of invisible disabilities

Challenges of invisible disabilities

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

April 16, 2019

“Well, you look fine.” Yes, I know that I look fine. When someone looks at me, I know they can’t see anything wrong with me unless it’s a too cold winter day and I have a limp. I know when someone looks at me, they can’t see that I’m constantly in a great deal of pain. I know when someone...

USI campus beautiful, welcoming to new students

USI campus beautiful, welcoming to new students

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

When visiting USI, one of the most noticeable features of the campus is how beautiful it truly is. Around nearly every corner is a different set of vibrant flowers providing a lovely aroma that fills the entire campus. The clean buildings, colorful chalk messages and floral displays create an invit...

Arena excites, Welcome Center underwhelms

Arena excites, Welcome Center underwhelms

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

April 9, 2019

Within the school year, two shiny new buildings have been unveiled by the university. There’s the Fuquay Welcome Center that was released last fall, and recently, the Screaming Eagles Arena, which opened at the beginning of this month. Both buildings took a considerable amount of time to construct,...

Dream jobs may not be waiting right after college

Dream jobs may not be waiting right after college

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Many students imagine graduating and going straight into their dream job. However, the truth is there is a lot of work that goes into making this dream a reality. Unless you have connections to the first place you are applying for, it is pretty likely that you will be applying to a lot of jobs befor...

School uniforms holding back self-expression

School uniforms holding back self-expression

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

April 2, 2019

School uniforms are holding students back from self-expression and in some schools, are displayed as sexist. The solution? Maybe throw the idea out the window. What is the purpose of public school uniforms? According to greatschools.org, one of the central pros for issuing school uniforms is to teach discip...

C-Store helping students with vegan, gluten-free options

C-Store helping students with vegan, gluten-free options

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

For students on campus who lack a form of transportation, the C-Store is the main place they shop at. The C-Store has nearly all the basic needs for students, but recently they have added gluten-free and vegan products. This is a great opportunity for students whose diets require these sorts of products...

Melodramatic Rose: Bring back my pie

Melodramatic Rose: Bring back my pie

Megan Thorne, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2019

It was my freshman year at the university, I was thrilled to see the multitude of food options offered to me. One thing that particularly piqued my interest was Burger King. The king of fast food. The king of apple pie. The king of my apple chicken salad. But then the day came when Burger King w...

Professors’ syllabi might be holding students back

Professors’ syllabi might be holding students back

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Across nearly every major project, homework assignments and papers are judged on a rubric created by the professor that fits the guidelines of what the university expects. This rubric provides a means for not only the professor to grade their students but a way for students to understand their grades. How...

Increased financial awareness can better you for future financial hurdles

Increased financial awareness can better you for future financial hurdles

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

As we have moved forward in time, we have progressively become a society that lacks awareness of our financial surroundings. We have a tendency to normalize debt, and that should be expected in a world where being thousands of dollars in debt is pretty common. The problem, especially as college students,...

USI tornado safety a relief compared to primary schools

USI tornado safety a relief compared to primary schools

Alleigh Dillman, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

No one expected to be running to safety because of a severe thunderstorm and tornado warning, especially after the last couple of “spring-like” days. Everyone was stoked about how nice the weather was earlier in the week. Hats and gloves weren’t necessary, people were hammocking and playin...

Becoming the very best

Becoming the very best

Megan Thorne, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2019

From the moment we are born, we are groomed to be the best and nothing but that. The pressure to always be the best in the classroom, on the court or field and out of the friend group can become crippling. Parents want their kids to be in the best universities, doing the best things and having the best caree...

Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019

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...

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