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Campus reputation and attitude changing for the better

Campus reputation and attitude changing for the better

Keegan Roembke, Contributor

September 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Do Apps Really Help Us or Waste Our Time?

Do Apps Really Help Us or Waste Our Time?

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

August 21, 2018

It’s no revelation that smart-phones and today’s highly advanced technology are majorly distracting. It’s no eye-opener to see almost everyone around you with their noses in their phones. It’s how the world has been since the first flood of iPhone obsession. You’ve also probably noticed...

Respecting Journalists

Respecting Journalists

Megan Thorne, Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2018

Over the past year, I have seen stories about how journalists have been disrespected, attacked and treated like scum. As a journalist, all of those things were heartbreaking to watch, and it is scary to believe that this is the current world we are living in. For the past 10 weeks, I have been ...

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