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Cartoon: The stages of college

By Ben Todd
Posted on May 1, 2014 | Filed under Editorial Cartoons | No comment

“The stages of college”
Daily Doodle Dosage by Ben Todd

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A few changes could improve the exceptional

By Optimist Editorial Board
Posted on May 1, 2014 | Filed under Editorials, Opinion | No comment

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 [...]

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The final frontier: A senior’s tale

By Melany Cox
Posted on May 1, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

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 [...]

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This is not a goodbye column

By Gabi Powell
Posted on May 1, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

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 [...]

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Cartoon: ‘The Paper’

By Ben Todd
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Editorial Cartoons, Opinion | No comment

“The Paper”
Daily Doodle Dosage by Ben Todd

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Surviving the end of days (aka graduation)

By Optimist Editorial Board
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Editorials, Opinion | No comment

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 [...]

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Ramblings of a partial retiree

By Marissa Jones
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

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 [...]

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Preparing for the future starts now

By Madeline Orr
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

“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 [...]

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The art of the Netflix binge

By Alikay Wood
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

Last week, I had a research paper due. It was the culmination of a semester’s worth of work and while I had done a lot of preparation, the project seemed endless. I had three days to produce a brilliant, scholarly work of art. I needed to descend into the dungeons of the library, listen to [...]

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Tips from a senior who made it

By Adrian Patenaude
Posted on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Columns, Opinion | No comment

In a few weeks, I’ll be graduating from ACU. In a few short years, you will too.
As unemployment continues to rise and college education becomes an expectation rather than a distinguishment, it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate ourselves from the mass of graduates. Now that companies value experience over education, our degrees no longer give [...]

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Cartoon: The pre-finals meltdown

By Ben Todd
Posted on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Editorial Cartoons, Opinion | No comment

“The pre-finals meltdown”
Daily Doodle Dosage by Ben Todd

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Lazy days of summer shouldn’t be so lazy

By Optimist Editorial Board
Posted on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Editorials, Opinion | No comment

After a semester spent arduously attending classes, completing assignments, writing papers and studying for exams, weary college students want nothing more than to spend the summer months recovering mentally and physically.
As tempting as it is to want to spend the entire summer sleeping late, lying by the pool, catching up with friends and binge-watching Netflix, [...]