Married students discuss living off-campus, offer suggestions for SNU

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief It’s often been joked that college students can only choose two of the following three things: sleep, a social life, and good grades. Some students balance an extra thing: marriage. This is the second article in a two-part feature about married student life at SNU. Another alternative aspect of life for married students is living off-campus. ... Read More »

As I see it: Riding with my cowboy heroes in my heart

By Patty Juliuson, Columnist Considering the variety of majors offered at SNU, it has always impressed me that our university has an equestrian program. If you’re looking for a career in the equine world, SNU can help you prepare. For those who don’t know a halter from a hock, there’s another aspect of this program that applies to you: horsemanship ... Read More »

Just saying: A student’s evolving thoughts on open dorm

By Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor I never liked open dorm. In fact, I wished there would be less open dorm. There’s nothing worse then walking down your hallway unawares, listening to the high-pitched giggling of your friends and peers when all of a sudden your ears are bombarded with a baritone voice. If you’re like me (which most people aren’t), ... Read More »

As I see it: How I ended up at SNU

By Patty Juliuson, Columnist My husband is an Oklahoma boy, so when he retired from military service, we decided to live near the family in OKC. That put me within reach of several fine academic institutions. How did I end up at SNU? Good question. First and foremost, I am a Christian. Not an “oh, I go to church” Christian, ... Read More »

Married students talk dating, counseling, and “ring by spring”

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief Having already gone through the processes of dating, getting engaged, and getting married, Josue and Ginger (Villacampa) Murillo, Marissa (Summerford) Callen, Hillary (Johnson) Underwood, and Bre (Simmons) Frees have some perspective. We asked them for some advice and about the infamous “ring by spring” phenomenon. Seniors Josue and Ginger Murillo met during their sophomore year through ... Read More »

“Snubies” no longer: How I learned to stop judging people in SGA

By Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor I’m going to be honest: I haven’t always been very supportive of SGA. I’ve used words like “snubie” with a negative connotation. I have been cynical of the motives behind people who are highly involved in SGA. I have been harsh, judgmental and sometimes even secretly cruel towards people in SGA. Last year I went ... Read More »

The $1 trillion question: The student loan debt crisis

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief America has a debt crisis, and its students have a problem of their own. Student loan debt presents a problem that reaches far beyond the debtors to negatively impact the larger society. Last fall during the Occupy Wall Street movement, one of the key messages was a demand for the forgiveness of student loans. Since that ... Read More »

As I see it: perspective, meaning, and a digital camera

By Patty Juliuson, columnist Have you ever looked at your surroundings through the bottom of a glass? Everything is distorted and sort of fuzzy. You might be able to make out a few features of the place, but if you tried to use only that view to describe the scene, the details would be inaccurate or incomplete. The same thing ... Read More »

As I see it: My daughter’s wedding

By Patty Juliuson It’s Friday, October 19, 2012, and we’re somewhere in eastern Tennessee/western Virginia. I’m riding in the back of a van loaded with luggage and family, and we’re headed to a wedding. Weddings are nice, but this one is special. On Saturday, our darling daughter is getting married. From all over the country, kinfolk are gathering in Middleburg, ... Read More »

As I see it: You reap what you sow

By Patty Juliuson Fall is a wonderful time of year. The searing days of summer are finally past, and the softening sunlight and crisp air shoot a tingle of anticipation into even the most fatigued heart. It’s sweater weather and soup for dinner with the holidays just around the corner. And you know what that means- PRESENTS! I love presents… ... Read More »

Midterm Madness: how to dominate your midterm

By Ashleigh Buchanan I was looking ahead at my schedule and I have a midterm the Tuesday after Fall Break. Lame. I’ve always thought it was unfair that midterms fall right around Fall Break because really, who wants to crack open a textbook over a school break? Having midterms right before a break is rough too because you just want ... Read More »

Letters from abroad: The earth below my feet

By Angela Mardock, guest columnist Sitting on the airplane, I began to realize this was all becoming a reality and not just a dream.  Not that the two heavy suitcases and a backpack didn’t bring things into perspective, but it was the sudden change in the atmosphere and environment that really made things… real.  All the flight attendants began to ... Read More »

Studying abroad is more valuable and more possible than you think

By Brad Crofford I knew about some of the benefits of studying off-campus from my own experiences, but when I participated on a panel of students talking about it to freshmen last Friday, I was blown away at all the opportunities it offers My friend Ashleigh got to ride an elephant, see the Taj Mahal, and participate in an Indian ... Read More »

As I see it: My stubborn optimism

By Patty Juliuson “You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you? Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a ... Read More »