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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...

Speaking, reading events on campus leave positive impacts

Speaking, reading events on campus leave positive impacts

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

February 26, 2019

USI is known for many enjoyable activities and programs, but some of the most influential and popular aspects of campus are the events involving guest speakers and readings. Inviting guest speakers and having organized events where writers or passionate creators can exhibit their works makes a p...

College away from home may be better

College away from home may be better

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019

From the time we are born until we move out, our parents are the people that we turn to for guidance on what choices to make. When something goes wrong, we often depend on them to show us how to fix things. When looking at colleges, it may seem like an easy choice to pick a school as close to home as p...

Jealousy a red flag for abuse

Jealousy a red flag for abuse

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

When thinking of abusive relationships, a lot of times the first thing we think about is physical abuse. We picture someone with bruises covering their arms and legs. However, abusive relationships that are mentally abusive can be just as damaging as a physically abusive relationship. One of the major ...

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