Opinion

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 »

Letters from abroad: A plea from a fellow child of empire

By Tesica Starkey “Dine with the opposition.” It’s a phrase that frequents the lips of Dr. David Holt, the director of CCCU’s Middle East Studies Program (MESP). Initially, under the influence of jet lag and naiveté, I assumed that any opposition I encountered would fit nicely under labels like Israeli, Jew, Arab, Palestinian, or Muslim. This is their conflict, after ... Read More »

Dear Freshman

Dear Freshman, Are you homesick yet? I’m sure most of you think I’m crazy for asking that question since you are still just enjoying the freedom of college life (within SNU limitations of course). But I know the rest would answer with a yes. Want to know how I know? Well, not only have I talked to some of you ... Read More »

Musician’s lament

By Cindy Benton Students of classical music are often reminded of the decline in our field. With the rise of technology taking over the production of music and society’s tendency to favor watching the excitement of the newest Hollywood blockbuster over the thrills of a Mahler symphony, our future as musicians aren’t looking too great. Read More »

Off with the masks, on with the name tags

By Brad Crofford We live in a society of masks. We wear masks when we are around others, wanting them to have a positive view of us. I knew all about this when I sang in choir in high school. When I was going to be performing a solo at a concert, I would practice for weeks. I would have ... Read More »

As I see it: Sixty-four crayons

By Patty Juliuson I love crayons. I love the way they look in the box and I love using them. I even like the way they smell when they’re new. I see myself as a 64-crayon person, you know? Why color something brown when you can use “Burnt Sienna”, “Desert Sand” or “Fuzzy Wuzzy?” Read More »

Why infographics are destroying America

By Brad Crofford I am a nerd. I have been aware of this for the vast majority of my life, and sometimes it prompts me to do nerdy things like practice for the LSAT for fun. This past week, my nerdiness manifested itself in checking the math on a C-SPAN infographic that came across my Facebook home page. In the ... Read More »

As I see it: Jumping into the pond

By Patty Juliuson Down at the pond (don’t ask me which one; it doesn’t matter), three frogs are sitting on an old log. In a lengthy conversation, they debate the merits of their log, note the features of the pond and discuss their place in the world. Believe me, the rot characteristics of their log and a thorough examination of ... Read More »

Is America blessed?

By Brad Crofford Consider the following progression of statements: America is  fortunate. The United States has benefited greatly over time from a wealth of natural resources and a strong work ethic. To the extent that this statement describes America’s fortunate economic circumstances relative to much of the world, I agree. God blessed America.  Read More »

As I see it: Geek alert

By Patty Juliuson In every class, be it high school or university, there seems to be “that student.” You know the one. Everyone else is heaving heavy sighs and rolling their eyes at having to take the class, and “that student” is perched on the edge of her seat, notebook open, # 2 pencil at the ready, and enthusiastic, bordering ... Read More »