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Saving your Wallet: Tips to Save Money on Textbooks

Saving your Wallet: Tips to Save Money on Textbooks

By Ben Sewell, Guest Writer

December 16, 2017


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion, Showcase

For many college students, one experience that is shared is the price of textbooks. The University of Akron senior Grant Holtzapple, recalling a particularly expensive semester,  said every single textbook he was required to get for the courses were the newest edition and after totaling them th...

Idea: Monetary Incentive for Students

Idea: Monetary Incentive for Students

By Elena DellaValle, Guest Writer

December 5, 2017


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion, Showcase

How exciting would it be if universities paid students for their good grades? Think about it; college can be a challenging experience, so receiving money for hard-earned A’s would be a tangible incentive in addition to the feeling of accomplishment from getting a good grade. The University of Akr...

UA Should Have More Left-Handed Desks to Become More of an Equal Opportunity Campus

UA Should Have More Left-Handed Desks to Become More of an Equal Opportunity Campus

By Adam Long and Amelia Dyck

October 2, 2017


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

An appropriate desk is arguably the most important item required in a classroom in order to facilitate learning. However, this basic need may not be met at The University of Akron. In a recent statistics class project, more than 200 students were sampled and approximately 16 percent were found to b...

PC: ‘Politically Correct’ or ‘People Caring’?

By Jesse Harper, jlh286@zips.uakron.edu

December 5, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

In today’s day and age, it seems that certain groups, specifically those associated with the political right, are quick to demonize individuals and organizations for being “PC,” or politically correct. It seems that within the last couple of years or so, there has been a movement in the U.S. to ...

Before signing the lease

By Riley McMahon, rem70@zips.uakron.edu

November 14, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

One of the best parts about going to college is living on your own. Many students spend their freshman year living in a dorm, experiencing all of the firsts as a college student. Then, as a sophomore, they begin looking for something a little more grown up. This is the part in students’ college car...

OK ladies, let’s get information

By Abigail Bashor, acb130@zips.uakron.edu

October 31, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

When you ask most adults what their feelings toward the 2016 presidential election are, oftentimes a resounding groan or exasperated sigh is the answer you are met with. Ask millennials, and the response is not all that dissimilar. Still, a striking difference between the two groups remains: voter t...

Wilson, president at perfect time

By Megan Hanft, mnh37@zips.uakron.edu

October 24, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Professor Matthew Wilson transformed into President Matthew Wilson within a matter of months. He has created a whole new aura for The University of Akron that makes people feel comfortable on their campus, and he regularly engages with students and always appears at as many events as possible. Wi...

Stop using #repealthe19th

By Dominic Grossi, djg63@zips.uakron.edu

October 19, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

#repealthe19th Have you seen it? A recent Snopes article made a slight downplay of the trending hashtag, with a claim that most of the hashtag’s use was to defame and denounce the hashtag itself. Yet, anyone with a Twitter account can and is encouraged to go into their Twitter search and look fo...

Response Op-Ed: Wrong to imply endorsement

By Sadie Thorman

October 17, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Re Nick Golina’s article of Oct. 13, 2016, “Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough – Time for UA College Republicans to withdraw support for Trump” Our College Republican chapter understands that this election is controversial. Passion for politics is important, regardless of ideology. Our membe...

Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough

By Nick Golina, njg44@zips.uakron.edu

October 12, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

On behalf of the Aspiring Educators Program at The University of Akron, it is the position of our organization that, indeed, enough is enough. There is no excuse for Trump’s recent comments that suggest that he is guilty of not just blatant misogyny, but sexual assault of women. The implications o...

The Slow, Painful Death of Decency in Politics

By David Trujillo, dlt61@zips.uakron.edu

October 5, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

In 1992, George H. W. Bush got hammered by the news media and general public for checking his watch while at one of the Presidential debates. Acting like he wanted the event to be over was considered rude, and unbecoming. Fast-forward to 2016. While Barack Obama delivers a powerful and moving eulogy for ...

Why UA’s Starbucks aren’t worth your buck

By Jesse Harper, jlh286@zips.uakron.edu

October 5, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

The Starbucks that litter The University of Akron’s campus are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the most unorganized, ill-managed, and poorly-functioning Starbucks that I have ever seen. The beverage quality is appalling, with the appalling beverage quality comes drinks that are far from worth the pri...

A Republican presidency would be a disaster for religious tolerance

By Nick Golina, njg44@zips.uakron.edu

October 3, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Opinion

The current Republican platform claims that education includes the importance of “the handing over of a cultural identity.” Such a cultural identity within the republican psyche includes an evangelical conception of Christianity that would advocate for a religious curriculum strictly based on th...

A bad showing for students

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

University of Akron students do not put on a good showing when, as happens every semester – I mean literally every semester – that familiar Christian group takes positions outside Bierce Library to proselytize. They came on Tuesday of this week (see the front page for pictures and quotes). You...

Donald Trump and the threat to the international mindset

By Nick Golina, njg44@zips.uakron.edu

September 26, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has a very selective nostalgia on decades and trends that have collectively framed the American identity. Trump seems to have an appreciation for the 1950s, when social harmony between people from all walks of life was not a pressing issue of the American...

Go Red for Women luncheon

By Noor Najjar, Student Writer

May 4, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Life is full of many great moments to cherish such as weddings, anniversaries, college acceptances, and graduations. Many pre-med students probably know that the number one non-communicable disease and killer in the United States is heart disease, with many risk factors such as bad diet, genetics, and...

Conquering crutches

By Megan Hanft, Student Writer

May 4, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Over the course of two semesters at The University of Akron, I have encountered numerous friends and students that are unable to fully participate in or efficiently get to class. The realization that some people struggle with these various tasks came to me when I had to help a friend on crutches make ...

Being the change: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Nicholas Smith, Student Writer

May 4, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Sexual assault is not only a prevalent problem in the United States military, but it also is a plague across college campuses everywhere.  This year at The University of Akron, the ROTC program decided to step up its commitment to conquering this endless epidemic by attending two events hosted by the Univer...

Volunteer for Hunger walk by the Akron Area Interfaith Council

By Noor Najjar, Student Writer

April 27, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As a Muslim-American living in the United States, I oftentimes find myself questioning a core aspect on which this great nation was built: freedom of religion. Elections are nearing and Donald Trump is being censored for his comments in regard to Muslims in the United States — shocking comments that s...

Bernie Sanders’ disastrous trade proposal

By Nicholas Golina, Student Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would renegotiate every trade deal made by the United States under new criteria. Sanders claims the U.S. can do this by negotiating trade deals based on equal and stringent labor and environm...

Post-secondary madness

By Kortney Ferrell, Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

If you have stepped foot in the Polsky building this semester, you may have noticed a large group of disruptive students. I have taken the initiative to politely confront various students to get a better understanding of why they cause a scene so often. I found out that they are post-secondary student...

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections Show the Success of the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Nicholas Golina, Student Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

On February 28, 2016, BBC News reported that the reformist parties of Iran have recently gained 30 seats in the parliamentary elections as well as gaining greater influence within the Assembly of Experts, which the clerical body in charge of choosing the next supreme leader of Iran. This recent gain in...

Students need a microwave in Bierce Library

By Tyra Porter, Student Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Bierce Library offers a variety of resources for students. For instance, we have librarians to help students with research and a tutoring lab for math and writing. Students can rent laptops and movies. We have a place to eat lunch in Einstein Bagels on the first floor However, Bierce Library is ...

Flexibility

By Melissa Lawrence, Student Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

In today’s society, majority of college students are working while they are in college to help them pay for their schooling, or just to make some extra money. Usually wherever they are working, their place of employment attempts to work around the times they are in class, but what happens when their...

Vote to invest more in college education

By Collin Hayes, Student Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin Last Friday, the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) released a report detailing the effects of the tax plans proposed by the six major remaining candidates for president. Among...

It’s wrong not to use your right

By Diana Nikolic, Student Writer

March 7, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Having moved to Akron, Ohio from Australia, I have always wondered why voting, by many, is considered unimportant in the United States. Being born and raised in a country that enforces mandatory voting, I consider voting a necessity in the decisions of the future. The excuse I hear most often from p...

Make summer of 2016 matter

By Kaitlin Erdman, Student Writer

March 2, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As we approach the halfway mark of the semester and roll into the summer, many Zips out there may be starting to wonder: how can I make this summer worthwhile? To some it will mean cramming in some extra classes to graduate early. Others may pledge to relax and enjoy four months of freedom. To many,...

All it takes is a vote

All it takes is a vote

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

March 2, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Election season is easily one of the most turbulent occasions that America experiences. Rarely are people as divisive, and adults as petty as when their favored candidate squares off against the opposing party. Just as disappointing is the average citizen’s proclivity to back anything said by their ...

Why C’s don’t get degrees

Why C’s don’t get degrees

By Kortney Ferrell, Student Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Showcase

A huge pet peeve of mine is hearing students say, “I do not care what my grade is, as long as I pass.” When I was an undergraduate and lived by this phrase for several years. Since then I have graduated with a passing, but lower than most, grade point average. When I graduated, I applied for several posi...

The all-white Oscar ballot

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

African-American actors and actresses have been snubbed year after year when it comes to the Oscars. This year was no different, when an all-white ballot was announced for the second year in a row. Actors including Will Smith, Michael B. Jordan, and Idris Elba are a few of the African-American ac...

Celebrate the season without the stressors

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

During the holiday season, many students are more prone to stress than any other time of the year. Stress could be the result of frantically getting the perfect gifts together for loved ones, friends, and even roommates. Even the thought of what to eat, how to prepare, and where it will all take plac...

‘We Will Be Heard and Understood’

By Angel Poole, President of Black Students United

November 24, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As a student leader on campus of Black Students United (BSU), I feel it is my obligation to help provide a social, educational, and a cultural setting that will serve to enrich and enhance the collegiate experience of Black students and other underrepresented students, faculty, and staff at The Unive...

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

By Keirsten Heckel

November 18, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As one of the four students that attended the Akron Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, I noticed something that I have not seen with President Scarborough before: he seemed more engaged with the audience and ready to be transparent. Scarborough started the event off with first asking the audience...

What Trump gets wrong about gun violence

By Paul Clifford

November 18, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

During a Student Government-organized Town Hall meeting on Nov. 16, students openly asked UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns, and the new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams questions about several prevalent issues on campus. In the discussion’s final minutes, a concern on concealed carry ro...

Zips at night

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

On Nov. 1, clocks were turned backward one hour for daylight savings. This resulted in brighter mornings and, sadly, darker evenings with the sun setting an hour earlier. This said, from five to six o’clock in the evening is when students and faculty will return home from campus or even head off to...

Quality over controversy

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

A red cup. Recently, this simple, inanimate object has created quite a bit of controversy in the news and social media. To most people, Starbucks’ infamous red cup creates feelings of warmth and comfort during the holiday season. But this holiday season, the popular red cup is brewing strife among...

Zips need to catch z’s not colds

Zips need to catch z’s not colds

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

November 4, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

It is important to get enough sleep every night in order to function on a daily basis. Sleep affects your brain function and physical health. Continual sleep deficiency can affect your attitude, way of thinking, reactions, and work. I understand that students have busy schedules, but it would benefit y...

Good things come from cancer

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

We often think we have life figured out; but what if we don’t, and instead are leading a life aimlessly. Can one tragic incident change how we view our lives? I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2015, her name is Sue Shrodes. Shrodes has been my confidant when I’ve needed...

Social media abuse

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Social media has become somewhat of an epidemic in the last few years, as its presence has grown significantly. From the very beginning, social media has been a great channel for individuals to get in contact with nearly anyone they wanted, whether it was with family or friends or even companies that ...

Right to Yak

Right to Yak

By Dylan Reynolds, Student Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Showcase

In a world full of censorship and judgment, there should be a place for anonymous expression of ideas. That is the philosophy that led to Yik Yak, the new social media app that is sweeping college campuses across America. This app, which many students use everyday, functions as a sort of campus m...

A university culture of empowered students

A university culture of empowered students

By Sara Syed, Student Writer

October 7, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints, Showcase

Power is a funny word. It is sometimes connoted in a negative way with ideas of authority, tyranny, autocracy or forceful rule. However, power does not have to come from a negative place.  In fact, it can be conceptualized in a positive way to bring more authenticity, direction, guidance and happine...

Old time religion creates modern dispute

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

September 30, 2014


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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, while both sides cite their never-ending list of online blogs and statistics....

Why working retail drains your bank account

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2014


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 to their employees, is that the employees do not receive a very large...

Celebrity deaths and what they mean to us

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 and Joan Rivers. Their friends mourn, their family mourns, and the entire...

The most wonderful time of the year

By Laura Stall

December 5, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 and Lorde songs and start playing multiple versions of “Baby, It’s Cold...

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

By Mike J Wiles

December 5, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, approximately...

The cost of a living wage in America

By Russell Friend

December 3, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 39.6 percent and 46.6 percent. An unsettling and large percentage...

The drinking age is fine where it is

By Laura Stall

December 3, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 need to change the drinking age back to 18. People do all sorts of research...

Smoking and choking on campus

By Ione Friess

December 3, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 inconsiderate jerks blowing secondhand smoke down my throat, I’ve become...

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

By Russell Friend

November 26, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“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 of fun things to do involving rubber? No, they didn’t go with that. Please...

Required courses are a nuisance

By Paula Ramsey

November 21, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 and communication fields. However, my excitement has progressively deteriorated...

Graduation countdown begins

By Sharon Jones

November 21, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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. Here are the seven things that have been helping me in the last few months...

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

By Lauren Thompson

November 19, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

‘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.” And we still have “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The...

The true value of a liberal arts degree

By Mary Menzemer

November 19, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 and what I wanted to do with my life. I told him with pride that I was an...

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

By Spencer Skolnick

November 19, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“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 to prepare well in advance for a holiday that occurs at the end of the month...

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

By Tyler Coventry

November 14, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 class. All the people on the website, who know they can get their news online rather...

Consuming more than turkey

By Lauren Thompson

November 14, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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. Or worse, being stuck at work for extended holiday hours. Thanksgiving,...

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

By Russell Friend

November 14, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 in them if you had an account with “Second Life.” The site has been...

Don’t choose to leave college

By Suzanne Capron

November 12, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 from making the mistakes I made, I would be happy. I came to The University...

No longer needing to ask for permission

By Laura Stall

November 7, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 such an important milestone? Let’s be honest: Moving out of the house instantly...

Starting from the bottom: the reality of internships

By Mary Menzemer

November 7, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 a fashion magazine, constantly interviews famous writers (back when fashion...

Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster

By Ione Friess

November 5, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 she’s shoving her “new” style and standard down the throat of all who couldn...

Worldwide travesty strikes via wine shortage

By Lauren Thompson

November 5, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 lies in the simple problem of supply unable to meet demand. While wine...

Zombie Bite

By Tyler Coventry

October 31, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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. He felt exhausted but he forced himself to calm down and concentrate. The thick doo...

Naughty nurse or sexy pirate?

By Lauren Thompson

October 31, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 buy a stock, reasonably-priced costume for women, yet remain modest. While...

The thrilling genres of scary movies

By Laura Stall

October 31, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 nothing wrong with that. One of the best ways to endure this type of fear...

Sports are more than just fun and games

By Zachary West

October 29, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 seems to be true on the surface, I would argue sports are so much more. Sports are an important par...

Daisy Coleman trial going against rape culture

By Lauren Thompson

October 29, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 not released to the press, but the family and Daisy chose to go public with...

Foreign language requirement is unfair

By Lauren Thompson

October 24, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 of Arts and Sciences, that student must complete four semesters of a foreign...

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

By Ione Friess

October 24, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 knew him as a familiar face from my sister’s favorite TV show, “Degrassi.” After...

Family on social media

By Laura Stall

October 22, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“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 commercials. People “reblogged” it on Tumblr and shared it on Pinterest,...

Consumers drive annoying trends

By Tyler Coventry

October 22, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 with a single, unified voice to start complaining about the Christmas...

Cleveland sports drops the ball

By Laura Stall

October 17, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 likely lose, a game.   The life of a Cleveland Browns fan is never an easy one. Whi...

Long history of tattoos leads up to modern day creativity

By Mary Menzemer

October 17, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 with tattoos of dashed lines down his spine and around his ankles. It is believed...

A government by the people, for the people

By Dakota Phillips

October 15, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 the government who regulates it. People are free to enter national places...

A Letter to the Editor: A world without money

By Vincent Marconi, Psychology major

October 15, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 nowadays have either forgotten or chosen to ignore this message. Since...

What it takes to be a great teacher in college

By Lauren Thompson

October 10, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 and entertaining Professors need to make class enticing and important enough...

How to make it work with your roommate

By Laura Stall

October 10, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 a room with someone who not only was a great roommate, but also became a great...

GREEN Program experience

By Courtney Spoerndle

October 10, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 aspects of renewable energy and its impact on the world. Founded in 2009, t...

The adventures of commuting

By Tyler Coventry

October 8, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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, and I am suddenly presented with the unrepentant middle finger of a cantankerous...

In the friend zone

By Dakota Phillips

October 8, 2013


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

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 that moment they have sent you from your epiphany of joy to the...

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 of course structure, I do not understand the need for it in college. I...

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 about the wrath of God can be difficult on some days during the semester. ...

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 to banning smoking on campus, whether it is or isn’t a beneficial action...

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 short of a perfect match. Seeing too much of each other can lead...

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 why shouldn’t they be? Isn’t it everyone’s dream when...

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 use. While this is a fairly accurate list, it is not as well-rounded as...

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 to reach millions of people in a matter of seconds is a nuisance, the...

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” interactions with Robin Thicke. Some even go as far as to pity Thicke...

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 Rim,” “White House Down” and “Elysium.” Of course this is nothing...

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 same-sex couples that are married in other states finally have their marriages,...

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 operation of a college. The less faculty we have, the larger the classroom...

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 high school. Marriage is supposed to be a sacred commitment that lasts longer than a lifetime and people...

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 itself is not so oppressive, it’s simply out there like radio waves....