Opinion

Easy and convenient, texting can also be inappropriate

Bzzz. I heard it from the other side of the classroom. Bzzz. It was a familiar noise – the sound of a cell phone set to vibrate instead of ring. I presume that the buzzing is a better alternative to whatever trendy rap song of the week ring tone would have played, had the volume been turned up.…

Student volunteerism should be celebrated

College students are seen more like the character Bluto in “Animal House” and less like Jimmy Carter. However, with volunteerism on the rise, it may seem like that reputation is not well-earned.…

Fear stretches beyond the costumes

Vampires, werewolves, witches and goblins are the glowing images featured on jack-o-lanterns all through fall. On Halloween, these infamous creatures take flight as haunting flickers of horror. As this season’s eve of trepidation is at hand, it reminds me of all the terrors that appear on Oct.…

Believer or non-believer, it’s still a matter of choice

“Atheist? Really? Why?” How many people get such reactions when they identify themselves as atheists? No one asks why if a person is a Methodist or a Catholic. But if he or she is an atheist, everyone wants to know why they don’t believe in God.…

Comments lack empathy, show ignorance

It finally happened. Some of my fellow classmates finally said something on a public forum to prove they’ve been afflicted with suburban Simple Simon syndrome. On Sept. 25, Tau Kappa Epsilon was temporarily suspended as a result of a police search.…

Consumers fall victim to ‘newest’ craze

A Luddite is one who is opposed to technological progress. Your humble narrator is by no means a Luddite, but she can relate to a Luddite’s sentiments. With all the new technology on the market today, sometimes I think it would be easier to live in a technology-free world.…

Originality suffers when past used as cheap marketing tool

Nostalgia sucks. Not the kind of nostalgia that has one reflecting on the past, reaching back to distant memories with bittersweet admiration. I’m talking about nostalgia that motivates middle-aged men to buy Ford Mustangs – the car of their dreams when they were 16, coincidentally around the same age as their children.…

Children shouldn’t be pawns for coverage

Sorry, toy dogs. The newest must-have celebrity accessory is an adopted child from a foreign country. Meg Ryan adopted a child from China. Angelina Jolie has children from Cambodia and Ethiopia.…

Good publicity better than no publicity at all

It’s all the rage. Meg Ryan did it, Angelina Jolie did it twice and Madonna is in the process of doing it. No, it’s not the newest plastic surgery procedure. This is something less shallow and way more compassionate.…

Politicians not hunting for safer schools

Lina Miller was only 7 years old. So was Naomi Rose Ebersole. Kayla Rolland was 6. Sadly, age was not the only thing these girls shared. They were all shot to death in their own schools.…