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#prayforparis: How we mourn in a digital age

Posted on November 22, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

One week after one of the world’s major cities was torn through by bullets and bombs, citizens of social media are in the midsts of discussions on foreign policy issues, immigration, refugee crises, profile pictures, hashtags, religion and mourning. If there’s a fight to be picked, you’ve probably seen it. A blog post, an opinion […]

Eating disorders: more than just a physical attack

Posted on November 13, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

It was 4 years ago that I first succeeded in throwing up after I’d eaten. It was strange because it was easier than I thought it would be, and it is a process I have repeated far too many times since. Seven months ago I sat in the doctors office and told him what I do every week, every […]

The perks of being an ACU swing cat

Posted on November 13, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

I know that a lot of pledging and social club mayhem is commencing on campus, and as an officer of Swing Cats, I can’t help but compare my swing dancing community to the social club circles. As an active member of the ACU Swing Cats and as an observer of social clubs, I think swing […]

Mizzou protests set precedent in conversations

Posted on November 13, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

Recent weeks have seen a chancellor, university president, faculty members and numerous faculty members resign in the face of student protests and backlash against campus racism and insensitivity. At the University of Missouri, President Tim Wolfe resigned after students protested his poor handling of several recent racial incidents including swastikas and racial epithets launched at […]

Letter to the editor: In defense of WHO, preventative medicine

Posted on November 6, 2015 | Filed under Letters to the Editor,Opinion | 1 comment

Last week, the Optimist Editorial Board published a response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) press release concerning the carcinogenic effects of red meat. I was greatly disappointed with this response–not so much for the difference in opinion but more so for the content of this response. First, I would like to clarify the WHO’s […]

We have a bone to pick with carcinogenic beef

Posted on October 30, 2015 | Filed under Editorials | No comment

Chances are you’ve heard the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, has ranked red meat among the list of deadly carcinogens. Through research conducted in 10 countries by 22 experts who studied more than 800 cases of cancer, based on “limited evidence that the consumption of red meat […]

Letter to the editor: Removing the article

Posted on October 23, 2015 | Filed under Letters to the Editor,Opinion | No comment

Ms. Jackson, I am currently writing to you in response to one of your latest articles titled, “Freshman apprehended on campus after police say he evaded arrest.” I am a close friend to Davis and was present during the events last Friday night. To be honest, I find the article informative and for the most […]

A letter from the fans

Posted on October 22, 2015 | Filed under Letters to the Editor,Opinion | No comment

First of all, I would like to say that I have no problems with anybody on The Optimist staff. My disagreement with the column in question in no way expresses my feelings toward Collin or Daniel. I have had many conversations with both of them about ACU Athletics and oftentimes see eye-to-eye, and this column […]

I don’t always know but that’s OK

Posted on October 18, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

“I don’t know.” If you’ve ever had the dubious honor of taking a class with me, you would know that when called on by the professor, “I don’t know” is my favorite response. “I don’t know” is one of my favorite things to say. In class, if I don’t know the answer to the question, I don’t […]

Larry’s boasts better burgers for 49 years

Posted on October 17, 2015 | Filed under FoodBlog,Opinion,Showcase | No comment

On the bleak stretch of road known as Treadaway Boulevard lies a true Abilene gem, Larry’s Better Burgers. The drive-in sits at 1233 N Treadaway Blvd. and has been in business since 1967. The outside, although a bit tattered, only adds to business’ reputation of being a long-standing Abilene icon. The business’s exterior maintains a […]

Editorial: Campus carry debate needs new angle

Posted on October 16, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

The United States witnessed more fatal shootings of preschoolers (82) than fatal shootings of police officers (27) in the line of duty, according to figures for 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI. Despite horrifying statistics like this, America has demonstrated a gross incapability on national and state levels to […]

Greek Cafe offers health food near campus

Posted on October 15, 2015 | Filed under FoodBlog,Opinion,Showcase | No comment

You just got lucky if you’re a lover of Greek cuisine who doesn’t want to drive to the other side of town. The Greek Cafe opened at the corner of Treadaway Boulevard and Ambler Avenue less than a month ago, and it’s only a mile and a half away from campus, across the street from Little […]