The Crusades Organizations that choose to emphasize feelings over facts engage in a dangerous undertaking, particularly if the organization is an academic one. It is also futile in the end because facts do not go away and do not ultimately care about anyone’s feelings. The prevalent politica…
This week I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media and I came across a post reflecting on the year since the pandemic started. The post summed up the year from contactless interactions with friends and loved ones, to endless Zoom calls and working from home, to completely ada…
Last week Interim President Irwin-Knott announced that Valparaiso University is retiring the Crusader mascot. This decision has caused some in our community to fear that we are turning away from our Lutheran Christian identity in order to better fit in with a changing society.
I think we all deserve some lightheartedness in this section, especially after the strong opinions I’ve been voicing -- both here and on Twitter. It may be hard to believe, but I haven’t always thought everything is terrible. But after 2020, it’s kind of impossible for me to see the good anywhere.
The days of anticipating the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election are over and Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president. With that being said, you may be wondering -- after months of phone banking and writing letters to voters what are ways to still stay politically engaged …
Traditionally, US foreign policy focuses on what has been called “the three D’s:” diplomacy, defense and development.
Watching people from all across the country storm the capitol on Jan. 6 on live TV was something that will go down in history as one of the craziest days for American democracy. Protestors and witnesses at the capitol live-streamed the action or posted scenes on social media so people from a…
After the most terrible semester we’ve ever experienced, 11 months into a traumatizing and exhausting global pandemic, the last thing on my list of priorities was sorority recruitment.
How many Melania Trumps do you think there are? I bet this is a question you have asked yourself at least once. Whether or not you answered similar to me is up for debate.
What’s next, more specifically, what’s ensuing after Election Day? I’ll let you in on a secret: no matter the outcome, our job is not finished. There is still work that needs to be done and conversations that need to be had. Our fight for social justice, dismantling oppressive systems and cr…
Remember, remember the Third of November.
A ‘non-scalable’ fence was built around the White House for Election Day. The sitting president will not commit to following a peaceful transition of power if he loses. Seems like a sign of a healthy, well functioning democracy to me!
I’ve written countless times about how hard nonbinary people and women have it this semester, but I haven’t taken the time to write about men. And I’d like to bring it up now.
Well, we finally got a presidential debate where there was an actual debate.
Here we are with a little less than four weeks left of classes; we have almost made it through the first semester of being back on campus in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s been a lengthy, exhausting and surprising semester back, to put it simply.
Am I being followed or am I just being paranoid?
Dance Marathon has been an active fundraiser since 1994 and has collectively raised over $300 million. On our campus, fraternities and sororities most commonly make up the main demographic of fundraisers and has become the philanthropy for the community at large.
This year has been rough for everyone.
“Who does the laundry in your house?”
It’s common for Valpo students to joke about how little hours in a day we allow ourselves to breathe and how we rarely sit down for a meal if we remember to eat at all. We take e-board positions for multiple organizations, we go into academic overload, we work jobs that pay us nothing and te…
As a college student, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day between studying, extracurricular activities and finding time to socialize. That’s why it’s important to maximize your time and get the most out of each day. But how does one do that? Well, here are a few things I’ve…
At the beginning of the pandemic, I was laid off from my retail job. I was unemployed for about three months with no word on when I was going to be going back or even about when my store was going to be reopening.
We are very quickly coming up on the next presidential election. Millions of people have already practiced their civic duty by voting early. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 this year.
There is little question that both Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are excellent politicians and excellent debaters.
There’s less than a month until the presidential election that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. At this point, I suspect you’re already registered to vote but if not, let’s start there and then we can continue the conversation on what you can and should be doing up until Nov. 3.
On Sept. 24, Valparaiso students received an email from the Interim Provost with the subject line: “Valpo Secures $1 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.” Upon seeing this pop up on my email alerts, I felt immediate excitement. As a student double majoring in secondary education and engli…
Pop star turned doctor, the inevitable case of growing up.
Content warning: This article contains narratives of sexual assault
Was this a debate or just two men acting like toddlers who happen to be presidential candidates in a debate setting?
As Valpo seems to be getting into the swing of things in terms of managing student quarantines, other schools are missing the mark. Whether you’ve been on NYU quarantine meal TikTok, are watching friends on other campuses get sent home or making bets on how many cases will be posted on Looki…
Bob Woodward, one of the journalists credited with breaking Watergate, has been conducting interviews with President Trump on COVID-19 and racial tensions for a book he had been writing about the president.
“Why do they hate us?”
The western United States is on fire and nobody is talking about it.
Over the summer, Valpo announced their fall reopening plans, which included having students self-report their temperature via the Campus Clear app.
As a commuter, my parking permit costs a cool $250, which obviously isn’t cheap. I think that VU’s prices for parking permits are a little on the pricier side but that’s based on my personal experience of attending a different university my freshman year. I’m sure there are valid reasons as …
Another week down of classes and extracurricular activities, how’s it going? How are you?
In one way or another, everyone reading this has heard of or listened to “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. You may have even teared up watching the music video like I did, watching women reclaim our narrative of our definition of sexuality and identity.
First off, I wanted to say welcome back to campus! I know many of us were excited to get back to school, whether it be to start classes or see friends or both. It came as no surprise that a variety of classes were changed to an online format. What was interesting though, is that some of us h…
As a 19 year old college student, the last thing I wanted to do this semester was sit at home and go to zoom class after zoom class. So why did I stay home?
We are living in unprecedented times. You already know that though.
During the past week, college campuses have been returning to school whether it be remotely or in person, like Valpo.
Welcome, whether you’re back on campus or taking your classes remote this fall, I hope you’re continuing to stay healthy and happy. Let’s get into it.
Freshmen itch for a taste of the college experience, especially at the end of senior year. The Class of 2024 itched for the experience more than the rest when COVID-19 ended their senior year early.
Recently, US President Donald Trump has pushed for the social media app, TikTok, to be banned in the United States. Trump’s argument is that the app is a threat to national security due to its parent company being located in China.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes in the day to day lives of everyone around the world. Some people went from working in an office to working from home, students began online learning and lost many of the experiences and socialization that school brings and many people had…
Since the murder of George Floyd, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets to protest institutionalized racism. Many more have taken to social media to express their opinions on recent events, often either in support or dissent of Black Lives Matter.
Recently, an email was sent out to the Valparaiso University community stating that the university plans to resume in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester. I’ll admit, at first I was overcome with excitement. Who wouldn’t be after struggling through online classes this past semester? Wh…
The university recently announced its intent to have students return to campus this fall. Obviously, everyone has an opinion.
With so many people in the United States out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government will be issuing stimulus checks of different amounts in an attempt to supplement the loss of income.
It’s no secret that most, if not all, campuses have transitioned to online schooling. This means using online resources such as Zoom, Google Meet, or Webex to meet during their regularly scheduled class time or even to give presentations.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, many jobs that are deemed “non-essential” have closed their doors. Non-essential employees, including myself, have been left with little to no help from our employers.