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No Need for MacGyver — Just a Bit of Duct Tape

No Need for MacGyver — Just a Bit of Duct Tape

Jack Brown, Columnist

October 23, 2019

Being a younger sibling makes you trained to see opportunity. Sustained by a constant stream of hand-me-down clothes, books, and even games, I learned from an early age you need to be resourceful. When my older brother moved away for grad school, there was no delay before I migrated to his room; it ...

A Rose — or Watermelon — by Any Other Name

A Rose — or Watermelon — by Any Other Name

Gus Boyer, Columnist

October 23, 2019

Crimson, luscious, and full, the tomato sat cradled in the knotted hands of the sunbaked old man. Towering over me with his beanstalk frame, the farmer gently placed the fruit in my uncalloused palms and told me, “Here is a tomato. Treat it with the care of an infant.” As I cautiously set the tomato o...

A Little Help from Ronald McDonald to Patty Melt the Cultural Divide

A Little Help from Ronald McDonald to Patty Melt the Cultural Divide

Nick Huls, Columnist

October 23, 2019

My heart was a drum roll in my throat and my stomach a leaden mess. I shifted my weight to my left leg, bit my lip and peered down the muted, gray terminal with its shiny linoleum floors. With my brow furrowed, I stretched to see over the crowd people that began flowing from the narrow hallway. My h...

Shining Just the Right Light on Cell Phones

Tyler Eversole, Staff Columnist

May 2, 2019

The cell phone descended to Earth in the late 20th century. At the time, its introduction to society was of outstanding insignificance; its light was far too modest. Yet, the young invention underwent massive evolution, and today, more than 60 percent of the world population owns a mobile phone. People can now use...

Why Six NFL Teams Took the Wrong Guy

Will Blythe, Staff Columnist

May 1, 2019

With the seventh pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars take Josh Allen from the University of Kentucky. The Jaguars got it right. Why did the first six teams get it wrong? Two quarterbacks were taken with the first and sixth picks.  The other four were defensive players. Why should the 6-5, 262-pound Allen have been picked as hig...

Promotion-Relegation a Must for United States Soccer

Brandon McManus, Staff Columnist

January 22, 2019

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Although the United States was a little late to the party, Americans are becoming more interested and passionate about the sport. The only thing lacking is quality soccer, which comes down to a lack of league competitiveness. There is not a great reward for...

The ACT Needs to be Denied Admission

Owen Gilligan, Staff Columnist

January 15, 2019

Stress levels skyrocket. The anxiety meter explodes. It is one of the most dreaded tests in today’s world. It labels people with imprecise numbers. It inaccurately evaluates people. So many despise this test, but why? The ACT (originally called American College Testing) is a standardized test used by col...

Drowning in Plastic

Brendan Gallagher, Staff Columnist

January 9, 2019

The debate about the effects of the plastic that human beings use on a daily basis is heating up. Plastic items are produced and used in tremendous amounts every day. There are tremendous downsides to using all this plastic. It is difficult to recycle, and it is impossible to totally contain. ...

Fight or Flight: Addressing Climate Change Without US Involvement

Mark Hughes, Guest Columnist

December 17, 2018

Throughout history, humans have spent little time carefully considering the effect they have had on the planet. From discovering how to build a fire to launching rockets into space, every aspect of progress has changed Earth. Despite a positive view of advancements, most progress has created a...

Making The Situation Better for Sleep-Deprived Teens

Grant Brunstetter, Staff Reporter

July 6, 2018

Imagine this scenario. After staring at a math assignment for what seems to be an eternity, you turn and look at the clock only to find out the depressing fact that it is 12:30 a.m. and you still have another hour of work to go. Add on the fact that you had practice all day after school, leaving...

Shooting Survivors Set Strong Example

Jacob Anonson, Staff Reporter

July 3, 2018

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine's Day,  students around the country began protesting for stricter gun laws. In response to a comment made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah said, “If kids are old enough to be shot, they are old enough to have an opin...

Are Some Survivors Media Puppets?

Richard Gregor, Staff Columnist

June 29, 2018

On Valentine's Day 2018, Nikolas Cruz carried an AR15 into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Fla. He killed 17 people. This spurred a group of students to take action against gun violence. Gaining national attention, these students have organized walkouts, marches and protests, an...

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