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Students face mental struggles while social distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the sudden life change.

Riley Guerzini and Nik Cunningham

March 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the sudden life change. “Because of all this, I feel very distant from everything,” senior art major ...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Your mental health matters

If there's a Will, there's a way: Your mental health matters

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Students are starting to realize how important it is to acknowledge mental health issues in college freshman. Over 95% of college counseling centers surveyed by Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors said the number of students with mental health issues is a growing con...

Student veteran explores personal struggles in new book

Anthony Farina, vice president of the student veterans association, authored a book titled

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

Traversing the complexity of mental illness can cause some to break down and lose hope. For others, it inspires them to make a change. “It can get really bad, but if you sit there and look for that purpose, that light is going to eventually show,” said Anthony Farina, vice president of the student ...

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 29, 2019

Suicide rates are at an all-time high for U.S teens and young adults. and dealing with mental health has become one of the university’s main priorities. Over 5,000 males and 1,225 females between the ages of 15 and 24 committed suicide in 2017. It is now the second leading cause of death for Ameri...

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

October 22, 2019

We are quick to ask others if they are okay, but never ourselves. We are quick to comfort those who are crying on our shoulders, but we choose to cry in secret. We want to help others, but not ourselves. I firmly believe that looking at our own mental health state is one of the hardest thin...

Importance of meditation amongst students

Importance of meditation amongst students

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Being a student means putting long hours into our studies in order to reach our ultimate goals. It can be hard to create a balance between education, having a social life, quality time for ourselves and physical and mental health.  It can be overwhelming when we try to cram all these elements in...

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...

Twenty One Pilots release fifth studio album

Twenty One Pilots release fifth studio album

Megan Thorne, Editor in Chief

October 16, 2018

Almost two weeks ago, dynamic duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun from Twenty One Pilots released their newest album “Trench.” The album is their fifth studio album following “Blurryface”, which was released in 2015, keeping up with the band’s tradition to release a new album every three year...

Self-worth can’t be spoon-fed

Self-worth can't be spoon-fed

Gabi Wy, Staff Writer

August 15, 2017

I stood in the bathroom at work, bent over the toilet as chunks of vomit and water splashed up into my face. The tears running down my face mixed with the saliva dribbling down my chin. Disgusted? Most people would be. But until today, the day I'm writing this piece, I chose to do that every day...

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