Old time religion creates modern dispute

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

September 30, 2014

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It seems that every discussion about religion these days creates conflict, loud fights and greater division among us. The true believers are lashing out like a cornered animal, the atheists are undermining the other’s beliefs,... Read more »

Why working retail drains your bank account

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2014

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Some jobs are more like money eaters than money feeders. When you work at a place that sells really fancy-schmancy things, there is pressure to buy the merchandise and look the part. A trend among name-brand retailers in regards... Read more »

Celebrity deaths and what they mean to us

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

September 15, 2014

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These past years have plagued us with an unfortunate number of celebrity deaths. In the past few years, the world has said goodbye to Amy Winehouse, Shirley Temple, Whitney Houston, Cory Monteith, and most recently, Robin Williams... Read more »

The most wonderful time of the year

By Laura Stall

December 5, 2013

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Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for peppermint-flavored coffee served in red coffee cups decorated with ornaments and reindeer. It’s time for the radio stations to switch from playing the same Katy Perry... Read more »

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

By Mike J Wiles

December 5, 2013

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As a returning student to The University of Akron who graduated high school in 1983, I’m old enough to remember a time before there was AIDS. I’m not old enough to remember a time when supposedly relationships were more “free.” According... Read more »

The cost of a living wage in America

By Russell Friend

December 3, 2013

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Our society is failing to provide a living wage for tens of millions of Americans. In 2012, according to the Social Security Administration, the total percentage of American workers making less than 1968’s minimum wage was between... Read more »

The drinking age is fine where it is

By Laura Stall

December 3, 2013

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Almost every teenager, at one point in his or her life, has questioned the drinking age. A common question is: If we’re old enough to smoke, vote and join the army, why can’t we drink? I’ve heard a lot of talk about the... Read more »

Smoking and choking on campus

By Ione Friess

December 3, 2013

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I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to say that I am absolutely sick and tired of people smoking on our campus.  After swimming competitively for two years, getting my health and lung capacity up, only to have a bunch of... Read more »

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

By Russell Friend

November 26, 2013

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“The Akron Aeros” decided they needed a new name. They wanted a name that reflected the city’s vast history in… well… rubber, and they wanted it to reflect fun. What enjoyable endeavors come to mind when one thinks... Read more »

Required courses are a nuisance

By Paula Ramsey

November 21, 2013

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When we graduated high school, we were ready to venture on to college and work our way toward our future. Personally, as a journalism major, I was all too thrilled as an incoming freshman to take classes in the reading, writing... Read more »

Graduation countdown begins

By Sharon Jones

November 21, 2013

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The countdown to graduation has begun. “But what do I need to do? How am I going to get a job?” These are the thoughts that have been running through my mind, as the day of graduation seems to be coming closer and closer.... Read more »

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

By Lauren Thompson

November 19, 2013

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‘Tis the season for the release of movie adaptations of our favorite, or not so favorite, books. This year we have seen adaptations of many books including “The Mortal Instruments,” “Ender’s Game” and “Percy Jackson.”... Read more »

The true value of a liberal arts degree

By Mary Menzemer

November 19, 2013

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Several weeks ago, I had a revelation of sorts after a conversation I had with one of the regulars at the bookstore where I work. He was asking me general questions about my college education, such as what I was majoring in... Read more »

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

By Spencer Skolnick

November 19, 2013

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“Christmas in November” presents the opportunity to hasten the festivities and anticipation of the December holiday; however, this effort to hurry Christmas fails to provide a satisfying November and pressures individuals... Read more »

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

By Tyler Coventry

November 14, 2013

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Have I gotten your attention? Great, because we need writers. That’s right, I’m talking to you. All of you. I’m talking to all the people who found this newspaper under their desk and started reading it before... Read more »

Consuming more than turkey

By Lauren Thompson

November 14, 2013

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I realize going into this article that I am going to be a tad biased because I, in fact, work in the holiday joy-obliterating world of retail. Nothing quite destroys the jovial feel of the holidays like being stuck at work.... Read more »

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

By Russell Friend

November 14, 2013

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Facebook has jumped the Internet’s virtual shark, or in this case, they jumped the pretty red and blue trout thing from the game “Fish Farts.” They’re as done as the Zips’ football season, and you could stick a fork... Read more »

Don’t choose to leave college

By Suzanne Capron

November 12, 2013

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I don’t want to sound like your parents when I say this, but I am going to say it anyways – please stay in school. I am graduating in December at the age of 44, and if telling my personal story can prevent just one person... Read more »

No longer needing to ask for permission

By Laura Stall

November 7, 2013

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Many people’s favorite moment in life is the moment when they realize that it’s time to move away from the parents. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, leaving the nest is always fun. But what makes leaving the house... Read more »

Starting from the bottom: the reality of internships

By Mary Menzemer

November 7, 2013

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Sylvia Plath in “The Bell Jar” writes about a heroine named Esther Greenwood who had the opportunity to have the internship idealists like myself often dream about. She lives in a big city, writes and edits articles for... Read more »

Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster

By Ione Friess

November 5, 2013

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It’s not even the season for them, but that’s just her style. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst transitions from fame to flop yet, and possibly one of the fastest. She’s a naked wrecking ball on the loose, and... Read more »

Worldwide travesty strikes via wine shortage

By Lauren Thompson

November 5, 2013

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While “travesty” might be a strong word to describe the situation in comparison to world events, it is still devastating to wine-lovers (over the age of 21, of course) everywhere. According to The Huffington Post, the issue... Read more »

Zombie Bite

By Tyler Coventry

October 31, 2013

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They were coming. Lungs burning, John Doe tore into the abandoned corner office and slammed the door behind him, collapsing breathlessly against the sturdy oak frame. They were coming. Doe collected himself.... Read more »

Naughty nurse or sexy pirate?

By Lauren Thompson

October 31, 2013

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Halloween is one of the best holidays: there are not many obligations that come along with it and sometimes you get free candy in class and other places. There is not a whole lot to complain about. Unless you are looking to... Read more »

The thrilling genres of scary movies

By Laura Stall

October 31, 2013

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There is nothing wrong with a little fear. And by a little fear, I mean squeezing the nearest object until your knuckles turn white, covering your eyes and ears, scared to walk to the bathroom in the dark kind of fear. There is... Read more »

Sports are more than just fun and games

By Zachary West

October 29, 2013

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Buchtelite Opinion Writer Sports are just games, right? It’s just a bunch of overly large guys playing a silly game and getting paid entirely too much money for three hours of work, correct? While this... Read more »

Daisy Coleman trial going against rape culture

By Lauren Thompson

October 29, 2013

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In 2012, at the age of 14, Daisy Coleman of Missouri was given a exessive amount of alcohol, sexually assaulted and then dropped off near her house by a 17-year-old student. Normally, the names of sexual assault victims are... Read more »

Foreign language requirement is unfair

By Lauren Thompson

October 24, 2013

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If you are a member of the College of Arts and Sciences, then you are familiar with the inconvenient foreign language requirement. If you are not, here’s the deal: no matter what major a student claims within the College... Read more »

The truth about Drake’s so-called ‘rough life’

By Ione Friess

October 24, 2013

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Almost everyone has heard of the rapper Drake. I heard about him almost two years ago, and I didn’t really care too much for him or his music. That was, until I saw who he was. Turns out, I’d known him all along, only I... Read more »

Family on social media

By Laura Stall

October 22, 2013

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“I don’t always have a cool status update; but when I do, an older relative usually ruins it with a comment.” This quote was from one of the “most interesting man in the world” memes, with the guy from the Dos Equis... Read more »

Consumers drive annoying trends

By Tyler Coventry

October 22, 2013

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It’s October and that means it’s a very special time of year. It’s fall, the leaves are changing, and the first semester’s nearly done. This is a truly magical time of year when people, adults and children, come together... Read more »

Cleveland sports drops the ball

By Laura Stall

October 17, 2013

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There’s always next week. Every Sunday at about 4 or 5 p.m., this is the phrase that my father and I always say to each other. And that’s because we would have just finished watching the Cleveland Browns play, and most... Read more »

Long history of tattoos leads up to modern day creativity

By Mary Menzemer

October 17, 2013

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The art of tattooing has been in existence for thousands of years, but the meaning of the practice has changed drastically. For example, take Europe’s oldest natural human mummy: Otzi, or the “Iceman.”  He was found... Read more »

A government by the people, for the people

By Dakota Phillips

October 15, 2013

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The government shutdown has given us all a time to ponder the true meaning of having a modern government in the U.S. Rather, the true meaning of public ownership is shown: It’s not really owned by the people, it’s owned by... Read more »

A Letter to the Editor: A world without money

By Vincent Marconi, Psychology major

October 15, 2013

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Money need not exist. All it does is create problems. I’m not very religious, but even I know that the Bible says “the love of money is the root of all evil.” This was realized 2,000 years ago and apparently most people... Read more »

What it takes to be a great teacher in college

By Lauren Thompson

October 10, 2013

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Mediocre professors, whether on the good or bad end of the spectrum, are easy enough to come by. But finding a truly amazing professor is quite the feat. Excellent professors have integral qualities. Make class interesting... Read more »

How to make it work with your roommate

By Laura Stall

October 10, 2013

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When I started college, I was warned that I might not end up being good friends with whoever I was assigned a room with. I was also told that I could end up hating the person I lived with. I was lucky enough to be assigned... Read more »

GREEN Program experience

By Courtney Spoerndle

October 10, 2013

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For 12 days I was able to experience Costa Rica in a unique way while being educated in renewable energy. This once-in-a-lifetime trip was sponsored by the GREEN Program, an organization dedicated to educating students on all... Read more »

The adventures of commuting

By Tyler Coventry

October 8, 2013

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I got flipped the bird today. Somebody gave me the finger. I was in traffic, attempting to be a gentleman, and somebody flipped me off. It was shocking. Here I am, trying to help somebody out, demonstrating basic human empathy,... Read more »

In the friend zone

By Dakota Phillips

October 8, 2013

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Picture you and your crush spending the day together: taking a walk, watching a movie and eating dinner. Everything is going wonderfully and then they say it: “You’re such a good friend.” In that moment, everything shatters. In... Read more »

Bowling for Soup’s

By Mary Menzemer

October 3, 2013

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For reasons unknown, the high school tradition of homecoming transposes itself into university culture. While I understand the need for a special social gathering in high school to disseminate good vibes and break the rigidity... Read more »

There’s a time and a place for religion in college

By Lauren Thompson

October 3, 2013

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Religion is an unavoidable subject on a college campus. Even when that class discussion is over and you think you’ve escaped unscathed, trying to walk through campus without being affronted by people with giant signs screaming... Read more »

Infringing on smokers’ rights

By Mary Menzemer

October 1, 2013

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If there has been a smoking ban implemented on campus, I could have been fooled to an endless degree. There have been no signs, no announcements, nor any sort of enforcement toward this ban to my knowledge. But when to comes... Read more »

When it comes to dating you’re either lucky or unlucky

By Dakota Phillips

October 1, 2013

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Honestly, there should be limits to who you choose to date. Take coworkers for instance: You see them every day and cooperate together to get through it. However, getting involved with a coworker is a bad idea unless you are nothing... Read more »

Bid day, big deal

By Mary  Menzemer

September 26, 2013

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Bid day, bid day, bid day.  It seems like that’s all that was posted on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds of sorority and fraternity members during the event. Naturally, most of the said postings were nothing but positive. And... Read more »

How to break bad mental habits in college

By Lauren Thompson

September 26, 2013

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Anybody, particularly parents, can give you the standard list of typically unhealthy college habits. That list includes overeating, not getting enough exercise (or sunlight for that matter), binge drinking and recreational drug... Read more »

Some new ways to display your day

By Spencer Skolnick

September 24, 2013

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Trending worldwide, cellular apps were created to allow a glimpse into one’s personal life and have taken over this generation. Although some people may argue that this new obsession with smartphone applications and their ability... Read more »

I know you want it

By Lauren Thompson

September 17, 2013

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n lieu of the recent MTV Video Music Awards and Miley Cyrus’s undeniably provocative performance, it is impossible to avoid the abundance of complaints about everything from Miley’s revealing costume to her “inappropriate”... Read more »

When the undead rise and doomsday is upon us…

By Nicholas Nussen

September 12, 2013

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The recent hailstorm of summer blockbusters reads like the belated fulfillment of the 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy: “This is the End,” “The World’s End,” “After Earth,” “World War Z,” “Oblivion,” “Pacific... Read more »

A big step for equality

By Jessica Johnson

September 10, 2013

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Marriage equality has come a long way this past summer, but there is still a long, bumpy road ahead of us. Section 3, a very important part of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has been overturned this year. This means that... Read more »

University cutbacks distributed unfairly

By John Sulik

September 10, 2013

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All the cutbacks that the university has been making are completely absurd. The main cuts are being made in the number of faculty, administrative staff and organizations. These three components are essential to the success and... Read more »

Young, in love and ready to get married

By John Sulik

August 28, 2013

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There is a growing trend nowadays with the amount of couples getting married right out of high school. People are planning for marriage without careers, without finishing their college education and sometimes before even finishing... Read more »

Will Big Brother be watching you?

By Dakota Phillips

August 28, 2013

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The most appalling aspect of the nationwide spying by the NSA is how anticlimactic it is. Writer George Orwell created the dystopian image of a future brimming with government watch and surveillance, terrifying us all. The spying... Read more »