Category Archives: Opinion

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Relentless authenticity over compliance

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts and Life Editor

The world seems to operate through a series of social systems that have been accepted as “normal” in society. There are unspoken rules of etiquette dictating how to behave in places like public bathrooms, classrooms, busses, restaurants or any social situation. These de facto rules ease the coming together of people. While passively going with the flow is much easier than standing against the crowd or bandwagon, it takes courage to resist and be different.

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Job rankings schmob rankings

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

Every year, some website or magazine releases a list of the best and new jobs to have.

The most recent list that news outlets picked up was from CareerCast.com. The list said that newspaper reporter was one of the worst jobs of 2015, just ahead of lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, cook and broadcaster (coincidentally, my backup plan in life is to become a chef, and when I took that awful career test in high school I once got lumberjack).

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Big Picture Blog

The story of our created history

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts and Life Editor

This week, I have been thinking a lot about how this era will fit into the history of time. Time is like a wheel rushing ahead with more momentum than any living thing could slow. Every fleeting second that slips by joins history, and the way we live in each moment determines how we will be remembered as the past. It is worth considering how we are leaving cultural marks that will be heavily analyzed by future scientists and historians.

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Ed Desk Blog

Pay attention to the SGA elections

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

Update (April 19): The SGA tickets have been announced, and there are two tickets running. One with Kurt Anderson as president and another with Gayon Sampson, the current Chief of Staff for the SGA, as president.

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Last year, I jokingly bet then-Student Government Association Vice President Kevin Kutner that his ticket, which was running unopposed, couldn’t get at least 2,000 students to vote in that year’s election.

I won that bet.

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Editorial: Not quite ready for Hillary

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

(Apologies for anyone looking for  The Climate Corner. Regular programming will resume next week.)

Hi, friends.

It’s been awhile since my byline has appeared under this banner. Normally, I like to focus on state-level elections in this column…but with the announcement on Sunday that Hillary Rodham Clinton is officially running for president (surprising nobody), I felt like I had to write something.

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Big Picture Blog

Putting a face on judging others

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts and Life Editor

Everyday life requires making split-second decisions and judgments in response to just about everything we encounter. It’s sometimes a matter of survival. Being alive includes staying alive among other living organisms in the environment. The five senses combine to help us understand what is going on around us and to determine if it is good or bad.

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Ed Desk Blog

Why I don’t want to live alone post-grad

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

There is no way that I’d be OK with moving back home. I’m from St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and there is absolutely nothing there. I mean nothing. The closest IHOP is 30 minutes away.

The only real retail places to work are 20 minutes away. My idea of a Saturday night out when I’m home is hitting up Wawa for subs and the pre-made slices of Reese’s pie that they sell.

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