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Student opinions on general requirements

Student opinions on general requirements

Natasha Spradlin, Reporter

January 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Most undergraduates spend their first years at USA loading their schedules with mandatory general education requirements. When sophomore year finally comes to a close we can’t help but ask ourselves, did we really learn anything? Will the central limit theorem actually help me be a better English major? Senior...

Interview mad lib

Interview mad lib

Krisha Amin, Web Editor

January 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion

At some point in time, we will all apply for jobs or graduate programs after graduation or even for internships during the summer. Interviews for these positions can be stressful and intimidating, but no need to fear; The Vanguard is here.   Tell me about yourself. I am currently pursuing a/...

Gadsden: Allegedly a quaint little town

Gadsden: Allegedly a quaint little town

Krisha Amin, Web Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Gadsden, Al., is a quaint little town nestled between the Coosa River and a local highway. Yet, it is also one of those places where the coolest thing to happen every few years is a new franchise restaurant opens up. Literally. One of my friends said he waited in line on Zaxby’s opening night just...

Dear Debbie: Is my family materialistic?

Dear Debbie: Is my family materialistic?

Shannon Lundgren, Editor-in-Chief

January 8, 2018


Filed under Column, Opinion, Showcase

Dear Debbie, My family thinks I didn’t spend enough money on them at Christmas and isn’t talking to me. Well, let me back up. I’m a music major going through school on a combination of scholarships and loans. I work at a part-time job, am in a band and go to school full time. My parents ref...

Create new habits to stick to your resolutions

Create new habits to stick to your resolutions

Natasha Spradlin, Reporter

January 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It’s officially 2018 and for many people at the University of South Alabama, the new year represents a fresh start. Whether your goals are to practice a healthier lifestyle, save money or spend less time consumed on social media, the success of your resolutions relies heavily on your ability to ditc...

Stay on task with a planner this semester

Stay on task with a planner this semester

Rachel Goodman, Contributing Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Staying organized has helped me maintain a high GPA while balancing working, being an active member of a sorority and participating in other extracurricular activities. I came into college with the goal to graduate in four years and in May, I will achieve that. I have watched many friends become overwhelm...

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Shannon Lundgren, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

At the end of this semester, journalism instructor and former Vanguard advisor John Sellers will retire. This marks the end of an era for him and for the students who were fortunate to have been taught by him. As a professor, Sellers taught his students the principles of journalism: AP style, editin...

What I learned from studying abroad

What I learned from studying abroad

Natasha Spradlin, Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I started my undergraduate career in 2012 with a dream to study abroad, but as a first-generation college student from a low-income family, my prospects seemed dim. My freshman year, I could not help but wonder how I could pay for a trip abroad, let alone afford to study in another country. My financia...

Senate candidate accused of abusing young girl

Senate candidate accused of abusing young girl

Charles Harrison, Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Washington Post released a story accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl named Leigh Corfman in 1974 on Nov. 9, 2017. Since this story broke, seven other women have come forward, claiming Moore initiated inappropriate relationships with them during their teenage ...

USA responds to hazing deaths

USA responds to hazing deaths

Rachel Sullivan, Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the last two weeks, two college men have died from hazing-related activities at Florida State University and Texas State University, according to CNN. The presidents of both universities have indefinitely suspended the Greek life on campus. Police found Matthew Ellis, a 20-year-old pledge for the Phi Kap...

Dear Debbie: I won’t be home for Thanksgiving

Dear Debbie: I won’t be home for Thanksgiving

Rachel Goodman, Opinion Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear Debbie: I'm not going home for Thanksgiving, and I have no idea how to tell my parents. Thanksgiving has always been a really big deal to them, my mom especially. She always really enjoys cooking with me and teaching me the right way to prepare the turkey and dressing. I’m a sophomore this...

Are China and Russia superpowers?

Are China and Russia superpowers?

Dr. Mir Zohair Husain, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

America is clearly the only full-fledged superpower in the world today. However, I have been surprised to discover that many people I have spoken to believe that China and Russia are superpowers as well. Therefore, I decided to write this brief essay, debunking that myth and providing those individuals...

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