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Wash your young

Justin Law

April 20, 2011

There is something that I’ve never been able to understand when I go out on the town. Parents, why do you let your kids leave the house looking like they’ve mud wrestled with a pig? Friday, I went to see my parents and sister and we all went out to dinner. While the four of us were waiting on our fo...

A report on hypocrisy

Chanse Ford

April 19, 2011

Webster’s defines a student as “one who studies or investigates” and journalism as “the work of gathering news for, or producing, a newspaper.” Yet the state of student journalism in the United States sadly reflects a loss of core values. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural ...

SGA not visible enough

Matt Zielske

April 13, 2011

The transparency of the Student Government Association (SGA) is as much the responsibility of The Shield as it is the SGA. I have no intention of maliciously attacking the SGA in this article. Rather, I want to point out concerns that I have as well as ones that I have heard in passing while conversing wi...

Go a day without shoes

Justin Law

April 13, 2011

My journey on One Day without Shoes was a humbling one. Walking from the Health Professions building to the Rice Library seemed agonizing. The ground was icy cold, since it was around 10 in the morning. I wanted to put my shoes on right then, but I realized that people, not just children, have to do...

Keep shoes on, donate

Justin Law

April 12, 2011

Not wearing shoes to help kids in third world countries is a slap in the face to the kids in those countries. Trying to “walk a mile” in their shoes by taking off ours is a joke. The worst things students who didn’t wear shoes had to encounter was the cold ground, semi-sharp rocks and the occas...

A Complaint against USI

Brian Beale

April 9, 2011

Which of the following have you spent the most time discussing? 1) The rust on the new cone 2) Injustices you have suffered at the hand of a professor 3) How dumb a class is 4) How much better another college is than USI 5) How USI manages to offer a good and improving education to its students at...

Who's the real pet?

Justin Law

April 5, 2011

People like to brag about their pet’s personality. Mine’s no bragging matter. My cat, Cammie, has the personality of a mentally-handicapped elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease. I think she forgot where her litter box is. Luckily, I dodged her “gift” that was left by the door. Sitting just out of reach, she...

Letter to the editor

Justin Law

April 5, 2011

Dear Editor: I just read Bryce Beale’s review of “Rango” in this week’s Shield, and I have to wonder whether he and I saw the same film.  At the end of his review, Mr. Beale charges that the film is an affront to Christians.  How? Where? I missed it. Granted, since “Rango” is derivative of all th...

Texting while driving always a bad idea

Dani Palmer

April 4, 2011

I sit in my car rapping to Eminem when I feel a vibration, either my bass or my phone. If it’s my phone then I think, “Is it that cute guy? Does my mom want to talk my ear off? Or did my sister get dumped again?” While these many thoughts run through my head, my hand moves toward my back pocket, ...

USI, a money sucker

Dani Palmer

April 4, 2011

I walked back from a short, five-minute trip to the C-store and tried to open the doorknob to my apartment. It was locked. Again. I was seriously gone for five minutes, and one of my darling roommates locked me out of my apartment. I stood at my door, knocking incessantly for what seemed like an ete...

Condoms vs. children: best form of birth control

Justin Law

March 30, 2011

The other day, I was in CVS with my friend to get a prescription, and I noticed something that startled me. They had condoms on clearance… an interesting concept. Are they faulty? With condoms in hand, I visualize the results of the clearance condoms – myself as a father. It was farfetched, but ...

Counseling: nothing to be ashamed of

Justin Law

March 30, 2011

Did you know USI has its own counseling center? Did you know it offers free sessions to USI students? Now ask yourself; would you ever go, if you thought it could help you? Chances are, you might not. The USI counseling center offers many services to students, including help with anything from homesicknes...

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