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OPINION


Editorial Cartoons

Diets are for quitters

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Posted on February 27, 2015 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

After this semester, I will never look at food the same way again. As an elective, I decided to take a nutrition class that ties in social injustice. So far, though, it’s turned out to be a class that makes me regret ever eating anything. Ever. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but only a little. I’ve […]

Letter to the editor: Indictment hurts student’s image

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Posted on February 26, 2015 | Filed under Letters to the Editor,Opinion | No comment

Hello, my name is Heather and I am writing in response to the “Grand jury indicts former student” article. I read the Editorial Board’s, “Why we report on indictments of students” article and all of the points could have been directly addressed without disclosing the student’s name in the first article. I understand that points 1 […]

How the ACU bubble fuels the sexual assault cycle

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Posted on February 26, 2015 | Filed under Columns | 3 comments

I have never been more aware of the existence of the “ACU bubble” or convinced of the sense of conservatism on our campus until last Friday when the Optimist reported on a student who was indicted for sexual assault. Not all, but a good sum of students reacted to the story in a manner that […]

Sports and character go hand-in-hand

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Posted on February 25, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley down in a little area of Southern California known as Los Angeles County. I also attended the University of Nevada, Reno, for a year, which happens to be the alma mater of a certain California NFL team’s quarterback. Basically, this all adds up to me being a huge fan […]

The Senioritis is strong with this one

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Posted on February 25, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

It’s the one thing every college student thinks they’ll be prepared for when the time comes. Throughout college, they hear horror stories of the syndrome that affects seniors, making them slack in all areas of life, longing for the day of freedom from academia: Senioritis. Sophomores lie to themselves, thinking, “Maybe it won’t happen to […]

Social clubs fall behind in intramural basketball standings

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Posted on February 25, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

After a one-week hiatus due to the annual Sing Song extravaganza (nice job on the predictions, Optimist), intramurals returned with a vengeance to the gyms of the Rec. The glitter littering the floor was replaced with sweat, and ‘bows were once again thrown rather than worn. Costumes were traded for headbands, wristbands and the occasional […]

ACU marketing inconsistent with technology in classrooms

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Posted on February 25, 2015 | Filed under Editorials | 1 comment

You’re sitting in class and you observe the students surrounding you—trying their best to ignore the professors. There is the guy in front of you watching the golf tournament, the girl on your right scrolling through Pinterest and the students next to you iMessaging each other while simultaneously planning their spring break trip on their […]

Fifty Shades of Ignorance

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Posted on February 19, 2015 | Filed under Opinion | 1 comment

It should come as no surprise from my oh-so-original headline that I’m going to discuss the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. For those who don’t know, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romance novel by British author E.L. James that follows the developing relationship between Anastasia Steele, a college graduate, and Christian Grey, a young business […]

Why we report on indictments of students

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Posted on February 19, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | 2 comments

On Page 1 of this publication, one of our reporters wrote a story on the sexual assault indictment of Jacob Windsor, who was enrolled as an ACU student last semester. Though we as staff realize the sensitivity of this story and of the allegations in the indictment, we determined it was important enough information to share […]

Telling stories is sharing experiences

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Posted on February 18, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

You would think that as a journalism major, I would’ve learned by now to always carry a notebook and pen with me everywhere I go. I see stories and words and ideas everywhere I turn, but often these thoughts are far from my mind by the time I am equipped to record them. I guess […]

Crowdfunding is the smartest invention

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Posted on February 15, 2015 | Filed under Columns | No comment

Sing Song has ended. Three different acts now have $1,000 to give to their chosen charity. Let’s review the options, shall we? In true countdown fashion, my first thought was to go to a crowdfunding platform. Why not give back to the community in that way? Crowdfunding platforms, which date back before 2012 but only […]

Covering a legacy like the ag department

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Posted on February 15, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Showcase | No comment

On Friday, the Optimist featured a tabloid insert documenting the past, present and future of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science. Some questions may have been raised, like ‘Why did we spend the time and money on an extra eight-page tabloid on one department?’ or ‘Why haven’t other departments that have been closed seen […]