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Why we’re not doomed

Sometimes it feels like our name should be the Doomed Generation instead of the Millennials. Seriously, if you Google “why this generation is…” the first suggestion Google gives is “doomed.” If you’re ever feeling overly optimistic, try Googling different variations of that search. It’s partially entertaining but, for the most part, downright depressing.
People love to theorize [...]

Classrooms are overrated

As a convergence journalism major, I get to take classes to learn very specific skills. Classes like “how to write a column 30 minutes before deadline” or “how to stalk sources that refuse to respond to your emails.”
Actually, we are not taught those things in class. In class, I learn technical things like where to [...]

Zombie-proof ACU building search

The topic is simple: Zombies have invaded campus.
The government is containing the issue by killing anything that attempts to run off campus – including students. You have to survive on campus for an indefinite amount of time until it all blows over.
The question is: Which building on campus do you hold up in? Today, we [...]

‘Tis the Season of Civic Duty

It’s election season.
Early voting polls opened Monday morning for the Nov. 4 midterms that are quickly approaching.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Voting is a hassle because you don’t have time; you aren’t in your hometown (unless you’re from Abilene), your vote doesn’t actually matter…  etc., etc.
But I’m here to tell you [...]

Intramural playoff action gets under way

There are two seasons in every sport. First, each team participates in the regular season. The regular season is often long and drawn out, and teams gain and lose momentum faster than a Welcome Week relationship falls apart. But, unlike most ACU matches, it’s not the squad fastest out of the gate that wins the [...]

Think of the children, people

Ever heard of the expression “The Internet is forever”?
Chances are you have, and it’s never been truer. The most typical fashion in which our generation hears that phrase usually comes with discussions of future job employers and life after college.
Though that’s true, it’s not the only aspect to take into consideration.
Let’s say the three major [...]

TBH, TBTs are the result of our knack for nostalgia

Despite all the forward-thinking techy trends that are constantly abuzz, we seem to retain an obsession with nostalgic snap shots of the past.
We make #ThrowBackThursday posts on social media so we can display old pictures of ourselves as children being dysfunctional and wearing too much denim. And when we don’t have old pictures, we just [...]

Playoffs!? Don’t talk about playoffs!

Today I’m going against Jim Mora’s wishes and talking about playoffs. You know, that little mini-tournament teams play in at the end of the year which claims to crown a league champion, but really only determines which team plays the best in cold weather? Yes, playoffs. Oh, you still don’t know what I’m talking about? [...]

Keep Abilene Boring

When I first visited ACU’s campus, I made my parents stop by Monk’s Coffee Shop so I could purchase a “Keep Abilene Boring” T-shirt. But at that time, I had no clue about the depths of Abilene’s boringness, or why in the world anyone would want to keep it that way.
Then, this summer, I had [...]

A glossary to understand seniors

Though it’s still the first semester of my senior year, large chunks of my time are being spent discussing and Googling and worrying about my impending graduation. It’s annoying. I’m convinced I’m using the same words over and over again. So I’ve compiled a glossary – buzzwords almost every senior is using – so you [...]

California vs. Texas

One afternoon this summer, a woman at my church here in Abilene invited the congregation to her ranch for a barbecue after service. I had never been to a cattle ranch before, so I eagerly accepted and headed out to the middle of nowhere for an evening of games and food with my friends.
Her husband [...]

My life is not a romantic comedy

“Now that was when people knew how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance… nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was…”
“A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.”
– Meg Ryan and Rosie [...]