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#prayforparis: How we mourn in a digital age

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

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

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 […]

I don’t always know but that’s OK

“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 […]

An open letter to every professor I’ve had since freshman year

An open letter to every teacher I’ve had since freshman year: If you’ve ever been my teacher, odds are pretty good that I have slept quite soundly in your class. I’m writing this letter to let you know that I truly do care about learning and higher education but some days, my willpower just isn’t […]

Caterpillars bring light to other crises

I saw something that shocked me the other day; it was a complaint about caterpillars stuck to the bottom of a tire on someone’s car. This complaint, traced back to one Seth Montgomery, was just one in an onslaught of realizations and comical portrayals of unfortunate situations he has presented to the Twitterverse this semester. […]

Highways and Byways is a form of worship

Highways and Byways is easily the most popular song performed in Chapel, receiving a shout out at least once a week in Moody. The song features an upbeat tune along with hand motions that make it a fun way to end any Praise Day. But some students question whether the song is an authentic way to […]

Who says you can’t go home?

Last Friday I went to a football game, my former high school’s first away game, to be exact. Returning to my Alma mater did not seem like an ideal Friday night, but my friend really wanted to go, and I had no plans of my own, unless you count watching Netflix as a plan. I […]

Movie Review: Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler is a compelling suspense rollercoaster, but it is not for the lighthearted moviegoer. The film combines car chases and crime scenes with moral questions like, “Where does the media cross the line in crime journalism?” With these two factors in mind, Nightcrawler will keep you thinking after you leave the theater. The […]

Column: the least favorite thing I’ve ever written

As a kid, the notion of enjoying homework was completely foreign. School was the precursor to running around outside and playing sports with friends. The faster I finished it, the better. School remained this way through high school and into my freshman year of college. But then a peculiar thing happened during my sophomore year. […]

It’s OK to have violence in media

Police brutality, harassment, shootings, you name it. If you ask anyone why they don’t read the news, one of the most common responses is that it’s just too violent. Regardless, the news will never and should never back away from these stories. And neither should you. Apart from what some Twitter feeds might have said, […]

Being editor changed me for the worse

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 […]