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Thanksgiving is a holiday that is rooted in tradition. I believe it’s an opportunity to give thanks for what you have while sharing it with those that are close to you. As far back as I can remember, every Thanksgiving for me has been a routine event. I wake up and watch the Macy's and McDon…

The relatively unreported crisis happening in Venezuela continues to be entrenched in a stalemate. For months, opposition forces have battled government-backed militias and national guardsman, culminating to over 100 deaths. The U.S. media, however, refuses to mention any developments whatsoever.

On Sunday night, 59 people were killed and over 500 people were injured in a senseless act of violence in Las Vegas, Nev. I won’t go into the specifics of this tragedy but will discuss the repercussions I believe should be drawn from what has become the largest mass shooting in American history.

As a college student living in a sorority house, it’s up to me to provide myself with adequate food. What’s stressful about that is not having a car on campus. Yes, the V-Line is available, as are friends and family within close proximity. But it would be so much easier to go to the store myself.

During the height of the 1970s, when one thought of rock music, the groups that possibly came to mind were Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Electric Light Orchestra and many other names that have made music and still play in households since their initial radio debuts. This plethora of popular music mad…

The beginning of the school year can be extremely stressful, with loads of notes to take, homework to finish and densely written texts to decipher. However, it’s good to remember that every now and then you can take a break and relax. While there’s the option to watch a TV show or a movie, a…

Every year, during the first week of class, a special event called Convocation takes place. Convocation is the time when students, specifically freshmen, join the faculty and the rest of the campus community to set the tone of the school year. It’s the unofficial moment where new students tr…

Before I became a Crusader, I was a student for two years at the small Saint Joseph’s College in rural Rensselaer, Ind. The name of the school itself may sound familiar if you’ve been listening in on conversations around campus these past couple of weeks. This is because Saint Joe’s announce…

This summer has proven that all Americans, regardless of ideology or party, should reject Donald Trump. With his approval ratings hovering somewhere in the mid-30s after his lukewarm response to Charlottesville (lukewarm is a very charitable description), it’s not newsworthy to say that virt…

Without a doubt, the genre of music most universally acknowledged as “seasonal” is Christmas music. Every year, there are great debates at home, on the radio and amongst friends as to when it is acceptable to begin playing it. Honestly, I listen to Christmas music almost year round--for abou…

My first-ever letter to The Torch is elicited by what may be the bravest article that I've read in this paper or many others: Allyse Donarski's story in your 4/28 issue of her rape as a VU frosh and her subsequent recovery process. Her willingness to go public, complete with full-color photo…

I was planning to live off campus with a couple of my friends next year, but recently found out they signed a lease for a house without me. They even found someone to replace me. Now, I have nowhere to live next year and have already cancelled my housing with the university. What should I do?

The second week of spring break, my roommates and I decided to challenge ourselves to find the most remote location a U.S. citizen can travel to without using a passport. The result was a small island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico (closer to the Virgin Islands) with a population just …

As many of us near graduation and the final stretches of our formal education, the prospects of a bright new start looms ahead. The glowing sun holding our dreams peaks over the horizon but not without the dark shadow of a grey storm cloud following close behind.

As I prepare to wrap up my freshman year, I look back on what Valpo has done for me. Quite frankly, like a few others, I believe I may have fallen victim to gaining a few pounds. With all the money I was obligated to have for a meal plan, I couldn’t let it go to waste and I found myself deve…

At first I simply thought this email was a cruel April Fool’s trick. I opened an email from a guy called “Duck Pyro” (that was clearly my first mistake), and proceeded to go from amused to horrified to sad to angry to empowered within the matter of a few sentences. They were writing a respon…

The United States of America is the third biggest country in the world with nearly 3.8 million miles squared, and is full of diverse and unique landscape that is often inaccessible and hard to get to by anything other than a long journey in a car. But that didn’t stop me from completing my s…

It seems that students at Valpo can easily go all four years without experiencing the many benefits of the city of Valparaiso. Ranging from $5 movie night on Tuesdays at the local Cinemark to downtown’s $6 specials on the first Thursday of the month to Thursday college night at the ice rink,…

The Women’s March held in past January proved to be an impressive worldwide effort addressing a multitude of issues and calling for reform. With a remarkable 3.5-4.5 million estimated marchers, it was the largest single-day demonstration in the history of the United States. This march would …

This past Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, this illegal act displaced over 120,000 Japanese-Americans between 1942-1946. Despite 62 percent of internees being U.S. citizens, they were shipped from their West Coast homes to poorly co…

On Saturday, Feb.11, I attended a pro-life rally at Planned Parenthood in Merrillville ​opposing further federal funding. Supporters of funding for Planned Parenthood held a counter-rally.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me,” (Psalm 23.4). “So do not fear people, fear Me” (Qur’an 5:44).