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OP/ED: The Ongoing Debate Of Abortion And Reproductive Rights Are Headed In The Wrong Direction

OP/ED: The Ongoing Debate Of Abortion And Reproductive Rights Are Headed In The Wrong Direction

Alejandra Naranjo

February 10, 2017

Abortion has been a controversial topic for decades now, religious and personal stances have caused an ongoing debate on whether abortion should be legal or not, and under what terms.  Oddly enough, abortion wasn’t such a taboo topic up until the 1880s. Even the church didn’t disapprove of...

OP/ED: Should We Do What We Love?

OP/ED: Should We Do What We Love?

Weronika Raczek, Digital News Editor

February 9, 2017

"Follow your heart, do what you love." "Follow a dream and make it into reality." As graduation rears its ugly little head, college students have been told to follow their dreams and do what they love. We have been told for most of our lives, that if you do what you love for a living, you're not...

OP/ED: Defining Happiness

OP/ED: Defining Happiness

Weronika Raczek, Digital News Editor

December 6, 2016

Picture this.  A white room full of everything and anything you can possibly imagine. Everything you own and more. Yet there is an empty liquor bottle on its side, and pills are spilled out on the table. A man sits on the couch in disbelief.  “I gave her everything. We have everythin...

OP/ED: It’s Life And Death

OP/ED: It’s Life And Death

Laine Griffin, Associate Editor

December 6, 2016

“I looked into the kid’s eyes as he pointed the gun to my dad’s head.” She pauses, taking in a deep breath and releasing a poignant sigh before continuing. “I could see the fear in his eyes.” After saying that to me, nothing but complete silence filled what once used to be the voice...

OP/ED: Smoky Mountain Memories Can’t Be Destroyed In Flames

OP/ED: Smoky Mountain Memories Can’t Be Destroyed In Flames

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

December 3, 2016

As I’m hiking up the dirt path that is decorated with roots going in all directions, I hear something that I haven't heard before. The sound of water hitting the rocks as I near closer around the bend, creates a unique splish-splash sound. At the same time, birds are chirping and animals ...

OP/ED: Tomorrow’s A Better, Brighter Day

OP/ED: Tomorrow’s A Better, Brighter Day

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

November 1, 2016

Imagine this: Dark gray clouds overcast you as you're out on a ledge with your feet hanging over. Your entire body numb, to the point you can't feel anything. Feeling all sorts of emotions, you're not sure you really want to do what you're about to. You take a deep breath and close your eyes...

OP/ED: What’s Next After Graduation

OP/ED: What’s Next After Graduation

Laine Griffin, Associate Editor

November 1, 2016

You’ve always dreamed of this day. You’re walking down the aisle, staring straight ahead with the biggest grin on your face, trying to keep your cool. Your body is shaking and your knees quiver as you continue to walk forward towards your future. Hoping not to fall, you take it one step at...

OP/ED: How About Some Writer’s Block…

OP/ED: How About Some Writer’s Block…

Weronika Raczek, Digital News Editor

October 28, 2016

Gazing at my computer screen for hours, the cursor just stares back at me. As it's staring, it's constantly blinking. Blink. Blink. Blink. Rubbing my eyes, and running my hands through my hair, I take a deep breath and sigh. I can't think of anything to write, and I'm on a deadline. I need...

OP/ED: Good Things Don’t Come To Those Who Wait

OP/ED: Good Things Don’t Come To Those Who Wait

Laine Griffin, Associate Editor

October 6, 2016

When I was little, my mom told me, “Good things come to those who wait.” So I waited, and waited. And waited. *** I watched her come to school; bruises on her legs, fear in her eyes. Abused. I swore each time I looked at her I saw a shadow soon follow behind. It didn’t look like...

OP/ED: 2016 Election Is Still Worth Voting In

OP/ED: 2016 Election Is Still Worth Voting In

Weronika Raczek, Digital News Editor

October 5, 2016

Votes. College students. These three words go together like you wouldn’t believe, especially this year. The 2016 Presidential election is coming up, and it’s going to be one hell of a time. Voting in general is important but this year it’s extremely important. Every vote counts. Let’s...

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