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Editorial Cartoons

It’s time to stop going back to ‘basic’

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Posted on May 1, 2015 | Filed under Editorials | No comment

Walking around in yoga pants, hair in a messy bun, eyebrows on fleek and Starbucks in hand, any girl would labeled as “basic” right off the bat. But please, for the love of all things just, let’s eliminate this label from our vocabulary  “Basic” has spread through our vernacular similar to LOL and JK, at […]

Being editor changed me for the worse

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Posted on May 1, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

Being editor in chief of the Optimist this year changed me for the worse. For obvious reasons, this job made me a worse student. Lines were blurred between the work I was doing for class and the work I was doing for the next day’s paper. I couldn’t remember what would affect my GPA and […]

5 quick tips on surviving the studypocalypse

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Posted on May 1, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

At this point in time, my life feels like an Avery Monsen and Jury John book.  To be more specific, All my friends are dead, with everybody disappearing to the theology room and other such places to drown themselves in study guides. Scattered across campus with blood-shot eyes and Starbucks in hand, we all barely […]

Finally Ready to Grow Up

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Posted on April 29, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | Comments Off on Finally Ready to Grow Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was 8, I wanted to be a ballerina. The next day, I wanted to be President. Two weeks later? I was definitely going to be a full-time cheerleader. I had it all figured out…or so I thought. Now, that question has morphed into, […]

In the midst of crisis, Facebook proves helpful, comforting

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Posted on April 28, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,News | Comments Off on In the midst of crisis, Facebook proves helpful, comforting

More than 4,600 people are confirmed dead from the Nepal earthquake. And according to Al Jazeera, Nepal’s prime minister said that it could reach up to 10,000. At a time when people are displaced, missing or even dead, a surprising resource is providing comfort for those looking for loved ones: social media. New Internet technology […]

Nowhere to go but up

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Posted on April 28, 2015 | Filed under Columns,News | Comments Off on Nowhere to go but up

In my last-ever column for the Optimist, I’d like to talk a little bit about failure. I’m graduating in less than two weeks. I’ve been a college athlete for four years, three of them at the Div. I level. I’ve passed every class I’ve ever taken. I got through college in four years, despite two […]

Not the shaky camcorder video you expected

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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Filed under Columns | Comments Off on Not the shaky camcorder video you expected

Many editorials and columns have been written on the subject of ISIS, both at the Optimist and in various other publications. Though I have known about the Islamic State for quite some time, it’s been through word of mouth and social media posts. Earlier this week, as I was reading the news in the morning, […]

When good things end

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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | Comments Off on When good things end

When I was about 6 years old, I had a very annoying habit. My parents would come to pick me up from playing at a friend’s house, and, no matter how long I had been there, I would throw a fit – a loud, embarrassing, bratty tantrum. This habit also came out just before bedtime when I always […]

‘A cog in the machine’ is no excuse for former Nazi

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Posted on April 23, 2015 | Filed under Editorials | Comments Off on ‘A cog in the machine’ is no excuse for former Nazi

Tuesday was a controversial day in Germany with the start of the trial of 93-year-old Oskar Groening, the “Accountant of Auschwitz” as he’s known in the German press. He is being charged as an accessory to 300,000 murders. Most people view the events at Auschwitz to be black and white, and therefore, may be confused as to […]

Intramural season nearing a close with soccer finals

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Posted on April 22, 2015 | Filed under Columns,News | Comments Off on Intramural season nearing a close with soccer finals

This shall be the penultimate printing of the intramural column everyone has grown to love (or hate) over the course of the last two semesters. And because there is no guarantee this column will be continued in the future (apparently it’s not the type of ‘true journalism’ the Optimist strives for), I would suggest you […]

A week in news that goes beyond Kylie Jenner’s lips

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Posted on April 22, 2015 | Filed under Editorials | Comments Off on A week in news that goes beyond Kylie Jenner’s lips

People across the internet have been puckering up for the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. And if the concept of the challenge doesn’t make you laugh, the results will. Instead of drastically enhancing their lips, people (yes, men and women) have accidentally burst blood vessels under the skin and caused extensive bruising. And while we’d love to […]

I’m a lover, not a fighter

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Posted on April 22, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | Comments Off on I’m a lover, not a fighter

I’ve never done well when it comes to conflict. I was born a twin, and the most conflict I’ve been involved in is the fights my brother and I would get into when we were younger. Other than that, I’ve never gotten physical or even had a verbal argument with anyone. Ever. I’m not aggressive, and […]