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Students celebrate NaNoWriMo through writing their own novels

Miranda Miller, Copy editor

November 15, 2016

Filed under Opinion

NaNoWriMo, or for plebeians, National Novel Writing Month, takes place annually from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. Each year, thousands of people all over the world get together with a common goal: write 50,000 words. It does not have...

Election Day celebrations and fears

Amber Matha, Opinion editor

November 8, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Being an opinionated person is a blessing and a curse and the current presidential election has been testing both of these extremes. I am very proud of my liberal views; and as such, I am not afraid to speak my mind on issues...

PA driver’s licenses mess up lives

Miranda Miller, Copy editor

November 8, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005.  While it does not look like it is going to be a pain in the tuckus at first glance, for Pennsylvania residents it may require doling out extra money, time and energy. I, for...

Wonder Woman is a bad choice for UN ambassador

Lauren Abbott, Staff writer

November 8, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Last week, the United Nations held a ceremony to showcase their new honorary ambassador to champion the empowerment of women and girls, Wonder Woman. This reveal came with both criticism and praise. While many people support...

Grade scales confuse students

Caitlyn Lear, Staff writer

November 1, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On the first day of class the most important paper you will get all semester from your professor is the syllabus. It outlines all the important exams, projects and papers that will be graded throughout the semester.  Yet,...

Emotional start for ‘The Walking Dead’

Leighann Sallick, Contributing writer

November 1, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Get out your tissues. Gather around the television. Hold your friends’ and families’ hands. If you have not watched the premiere of the Season 7 of “The Walking Dead”, then you will understand why after reading this. Warning,...

Reaction to ‘SNL’ presidential debates

Jordan Pendel, Staff writer

November 1, 2016

Filed under Opinion

“Saturday Night Live,” “SNL,” I am sure you’ve heard of it. If you have not, it is a compilation of live comedy sketches. Typically, there’s a famous host for the night that joins in on sketches, and a musical guest...

Parking on campus is a challenge

Caitlyn Lear, Staff writer

October 25, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Every student knows the feeling of trying to find that last open parking spot in the morning before classes,  weaving through every aisle until the treasured spot is found. Then you check the clock and realized you have less...

Advising Day is a gift for freshmen

Lauren Abbott, Staff writer

October 25, 2016

Filed under Opinion

November 1 is Advising Day. This is the first year that there is going to be an entire day set aside just for advising, but what does this mean for students, specifically freshmen? As a freshman this is the first time that...

Living green in Green and Blue Nation

Sarah Miller, Contributing writer

October 25, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Of the many obstacles aggrieving our world today, none is more urgent than humanity’s incessant demands on the Earth’s resources. Though saving the environment always ranks high on surveys and polls—proof of our recognition...

Montreal pit bull ban unjust and cruel

Sarah Miller, Contributing writer

October 18, 2016

Filed under Opinion

On Sept. 27, Montreal’s city managers signed a death warrant for thousands of dogs in response to the mauling and death of 55-year-old Christiane Vadnais in June.  Officers shot and killed the animal, which they described as...

Voting Catholic: Exploring the VPs

Mathew Jury, Staff writer

October 18, 2016

Filed under Opinion

In the upcoming 2016 presidential election, we all know that our two major candidates are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Out of frustration with both of them, many people I know are suggesting ideas such as voting for Libertarian...

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