The Vanguard

Covering political topics in the classroom

Covering political topics in the classroom

Natasha Spradlin, Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

U.S. citizens in the 21st century seem to navigate political polarization by diving headfirst into heated debates online or refusing to participate in political discussion altogether. It’s a no-win scenario. We find ourselves unfollowing friends and family on social media and ignoring the elephant...

Cartoon: Tax season

Cartoon: Tax season

Clay Lolley, Cartoonist

April 16, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinion

Can you measure up as a mentor?

Can you measure up as a mentor?

John B. Heinl, Contributing Writer

April 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Patience. Compassion. Commitment. These are each great character traits to have, but are a necessity for our Student Mentors. Student Mentors work alongside the students in the PASSAGE USA program here on campus, providing them with age-appropriate relationships that a teacher-student relationship can...

Being the child of a transgender parent

Being the child of a transgender parent

Shannon Lundgren, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

From an early age, I knew that my parents were keeping a secret from me. Even though I was too young to understand the full context of their words, I understood the tense conversations that stopped as soon as I toddled into a room. I certainly understood the loud voices that came later, hurling abuse...

Cartoons: Life as a candle

Cartoons: Life as a candle

Clay Lolley, Cartoonist

April 9, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinion

Opinion: Football begins spring training

Opinion: Football begins spring training

Charles Harrison and Christian Hinkel

March 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Sports

The University of South Alabama football team opened up spring practice on March 8 for the first time under new head football coach Steve Campbell. Many fans have high expectations for the Jags this season, hoping that Campbell will be able to bring the kind of success he produced at Mississippi Gulf...

Cartoon: Robots

Cartoon: Robots

Clay Lolley, Cartoonist

March 12, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinion

Satire: Squirrels parade on USA nature trails

Satire: Squirrels parade on USA nature trails

Natasha Spradlin, Reporter

March 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Mobile squirrels organized a military parade yesterday on USA’s nature trail. They came together to celebrate their eldest members, and their strength in numbers. Senior Rachel Pilgreen worries the squirrel population on USA’s campus is out of control. “Personally, the squirrels terrify me,...

Higher Education Creates Opportunity

Higher Education Creates Opportunity

USA SGA President Carl Thomas and Faculty Senate President Dr. Elizabeth Vandewaa

March 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Americans once embraced higher education as the great equalizer. State colleges and universities allowed children from working- and middle class parents to compete on a level playing field with children from more advantaged backgrounds. The race gap in higher education has also been closing, with mor...

100-word rant: AHS elevator

100-word rant: AHS elevator

Shannon Lundgren, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As the popular saying goes, there are no atheists in foxholes. There are no atheists in the Alpha Hall South elevator, either. Despite being a confirmed agnostic, I say a little prayer every time I step into the elevator (“Please, God, don’t take me today.”) Why? Because upon entry to the el...

USA responds to gun laws

USA responds to gun laws

Rachel Sullivan, Reporter

February 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Following the horrific school shooting in South Florida on Feb. 14, Alabama state representative Will Ainsworth proposed a bill that will allow some public school teachers and administrators to carry weapons on campus. Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, is opposed to prop...

Dear Debbie: getting over my ex

Dear Debbie: getting over my ex

Rachel Sullivan, Reporter

February 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear Debbie, Is it possible to still love a guy who treated you terribly? A guy that I dated for almost two years dumped me last year after cheating on me during the entire relationship. Things ended badly and to this day I’ve never gotten the closure I need. Recently, I started to admit to t...

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