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Don’t think you can study abroad? Think again.

Matthew Daugherty, Contributing Writer

January 25, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Maybe you’ve been thinking you’d like to do something really fun while you’re in college, like go study in another country. But if you’re a student receiving financial aid, you might be telling yourself it’s only fo...

Marijuana won’t help pursuit of escaping depression

Oliver Karcher, Contributing Writer

January 18, 2016

Filed under Opinion

There are plenty of ways students can deal with stress, however one method is much more harmful than expected. College students who smoke marijuana might be mistaken into thinking that smoking helps anxiety and depression, ...

Cell phones offer instant gratification at the cost of emotion

Alexander Moylan, Opinion Editor

January 18, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Whenever I hear the word “addiction” I rarely think of cell phones, yet according to a poll sponsored by the National Safety Council in 2015, 82 percent of Americans believe cell phones are addictive. “Our addiction ...

Regarding resolutions and the mental side of change

Alexander Moylan, Opinion Editor

January 11, 2016

Filed under Opinion

It’s a new year and this means that many have decided test themselves with new resolutions for 2016. Improving my eating habits and exercising more has been one of my resolutions for some time. Sound familiar? In fact, Nielso...

Thankful for a conversation with Kevin from El Salvador

Anonymous, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The following came from a writer who wished to remain anonymous. The writer felt that the story coming from an anonymous perspective would help others see themselves in the piece, and perhaps even be moved to see things a litt...

Doubt rises as campus remains under a smokey haze

Alexander Moylan, Opinion Editor

November 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

On Aug. 1, 2015 our university officially enacted its tobacco-free policy. At first I felt the decision was very “progressive” and indicative of the positive changes the University should expect to see under Dr. Waldrop’s st...

Let’s ditch unsustainable traditions, embrace a green South

Alexander Moylan, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2015

Filed under Opinion

You can find me outside of the recreation center. Sometimes I hang out in the parking lot, other times you might be able to catch up with me on the grass elsewhere on campus. After particularly taxing workouts I line the curb in ...

Wake up, South Alabama, Vagina isn’t a bad word

Justine Burbank, Contributing Writer

November 9, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I have this certain body part. I have many body parts, but just mentioning this particular body part seems to make people squirm. Approximately fifty percent of the world’s population also have one. It has so much power that,...

A split-second decision can affect us all for a lifetime

Anonymous, Contributing Writer

November 9, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I know all about the statistics. I know I should have safe sex. What I didn’t know was that would happen to me, and all it took was one swipe. In college you should have fun, don’t get me wrong. But there is no excuse for ...

Revisiting the Washington professional football team

Alexander Moylan, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Two weeks ago I wrote about the professional football team representing our nation’s capitol that brands itself with the term “redskins”. I was happy to receive some feedback on the piece, both from those who found the a...

A little thanks for the unnoticed, please

Alexander Moylan, Opinon Editor

October 26, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Parking, midterms, homework, parties, work and finals. Am I crazy for thinking that these are the thoughts that dominate much of the 18-22 age group on campus today? Okay, let’s go a step further: family, work, bills, homework, ...

The #centerofitall, home to new friends and new stories

Oliver Karcher, Contributing Writer

October 26, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Whether you call it the Student Union or the Student Center, we all know that it’s there. It seems as if the main focus of the Student Center is the bookstore and the food court and after that, a good majority of the student ...

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