ACU dorms. There’s not really much you can say about them. The usual complaints include their small size, lack of privacy and, if you’re a guy, the smell. As someone who spent two years living in a dorm, I can tell you they are necessary for every student here. Plus, haven’t you ever heard “you [...]
The advent of online social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook has transformed what social interactions and activism look like on a daily basis.
Good causes or noble efforts are often those that are trending on the world wide web. In an article on social media and activism, Malcolm Gladwell says, “The world, we are told, [...]
With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the rise and hundreds joining each day, critically thinking about the challenge before participating is crucial.
The challenge consists of pouring a bucket of ice cold water over your head, then naming a few other people to do the same in less than 24 hours, or donating money [...]
The word “opinion” often finds itself tossed around in the same conversations as the words “conflict” or “disagreement.” This is unfortunate because it gives “opinion” a negative connotation, rather than suggesting some of the other rich benefits that opinions bring not just to our conversations, but also our communities.
The goal of the opinion page in [...]
“The stages of college”
Daily Doodle Dosage by Ben Todd
As the school year comes to an end, reflections and meditations on our institution of education are a necessity. These reflections inevitably lead to an internal list of improvements ACU could make that we have graciously decided to document for the posterity of this magnificent university.
Our first suggestion is that GATA Fountain be given a [...]
Part of our department’s senior send-off included writing our goals and dreams on balloons and releasing them into the sky.
There are how many trees in Abilene? Not that many. Yet my balloon found one of them and was denied its ascent.
As I stood there, surveying the irony of the situation I thought to myself, “This [...]
They told me this is my last column for the Optimist, but I will spare you my top-10 tips I taught my freshman self. I tend to think there is a surplus of senior sentiments around this time and, frankly, my advice booklet is busting at the seams. Furthermore, I have a terminal case of [...]
Daily Doodle Dosage by Ben Todd
A few hundred students this week are stumbling around with little to no sleep and the weight of their future on their shoulders. It’s easy to pick out the seniors from the crowd this week as graduation swiftly approaches.
Graduating used to be fun, when moving from the second to the third grade meant an end-of-the-year [...]
This is my goodbye column, but it’s not my last column. Which feels a bit awkward.
Usually when an editor writes her goodbye column, she’s sentimentally saying sayonara for good. But I guess you could say I’m retiring early or, maybe more accurately, partially retiring. I’ll no longer be Editor in Chief of the Optimist, but I’m [...]
“It’s not you, it’s me.”
“I’m doing this for the both of us.”
“Our religions clash and my ancestors won’t be happy.”
I said these things to the Optimist staff when I broke up with them at the end of last semester. OK, maybe not that last one.
Nevertheless, it did feel like I was breaking up with them [...]