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What Starbucks didn’t tell us about the new strawless lids

What Starbucks didn’t tell us about the new strawless lids

Susanna Taylor, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Starbucks ditched the straws and launched the first of their new strawless lids in early August of 2019. “Say hello to the lid that will replace a billion straws a year,” is what they told everyone when the lids were introduced to us. While they may be replacing straws, they are adding approximate...

Leave the germs behind

Leave the germs behind

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

September 17, 2019

I’m sick of being sick. I’m tired of constantly having to make the decision if my health is more important than getting good grades or going to class.  I’m tired of having to weigh which option is worse: going to class and potentially giving them the sickness or staying home and becoming s...

People don’t care, we’re killing our planet

People don't care, we're killing our planet

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2019

The Amazon rain forest is still burning and nobody cares. Some news sites have reported that the Amazon has had fires beginning as early as January of this year, yet most people hadn’t even heard about the burning of the rain forest until this past month. Despite the coverage of the issue, it seems...

Andrew Luck’s retirement needed for better health

Colts at Redskins 09/16/18

Susanna Taylor, Staff Writer

September 9, 2019

Indianapolis Colt’s star quarterback Andrew Luck retired at the age of 29, leaving his fans stunned just two weeks prior to the start of the 2019 NFL season. During his football career Luck has undergone a lacerated kidney, injured ribs, at least one concussion, torn cartilage in his throwing shoulder and,...

‘I deserve a kiss for that price’

'I deserve a kiss for that price'

Megan Thorne and Darrian Breedlove

September 3, 2019

Women should not be treated as a product on a shelf, and are not here for your entertainment. Women should not feel like they have to be nice when faced with a potential threat, and should not be made uncomfortable in the workplace. Being a woman in the workplace , especially customer service, some...

Sony and Disney’s dispute over Spider-Man worrisome for fans

Sony and Disney's dispute over Spider-Man worrisome for fans

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

September 1, 2019

Spider-Man has always been one of my favorite superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When they introduced Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War,” I was ecstatic. Tom Holland plays his role amazingly, balancing Peter Parker and Spider-Man naturally.   “Homecoming...

Disney monopolizing the film industry with Disney+

Disney monopolizing the film industry with Disney+

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

I can’t change the fact that I support Disney or the feelings I possess towards the company. I grew up watching Disney Channel and Disney movies, therefore, Disney will always belong to a special part of my heart. Yet, I must admit that Disney is clearly monopolizing the film industry and it is see...

Study abroad good way to change life views

Study abroad good way to change life views

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

August 26, 2019

The term “study abroad” seemed daunting to me at first, a hopeful yet hopeless idea. Now looking back on it, I’m glad I decided to take a leap that led to me achieving one of my biggest dreams. After all, I didn’t think I’d be able to afford it. And yet, I’ve just returned from studying abr...

Things don’t always turned out as planned

Things don't always turned out as planned

Megan Miller, Chief Copy Editor

April 16, 2019

My time at USI ends in two weeks, and I can’t say I’m excited. I mean, I won’t have to worry about being swamped with homework, but at least after four years, I know what to expect from college. I have no idea what to expect for myself even two months from now. But if there’s anything I’ve learned in ...

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,...

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