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A disclaimer: when I say censorship f--king sucks, I don’t mean that I should be allowed to actually print swear words in The Torch (although I think we’d get more readers if we did, and if the Editor-in-Chief would stop vetoing all of my other brilliant ideas, maybe I wouldn’t be writing th…

This past weekend I had the fantastic opportunity of attending the National College Media Convention in Washington D.C. There, they were selling shirts and sweatshirts with the saying “Journalism matters. Now more than ever” printed on them.

“Hey Ashley! I’ve been having trouble keeping my room clean and organized especially when I’m so busy! Please help with any tips you have on keeping a room clean!”

Before this year, anytime a peer of mine complained about parking I shook it off thinking it couldn’t possibly be that bad. This year, I brought my own car to campus and have already had to deal with my fair share of lack of available spots. 

Halloween is notoriously surrounded in fallacies. Ghosts haunt the living, witches brew bubbling cauldrons of poison, monsters lurk the shadows and werewolves howl at the full moon. But what is Halloween? Today, Halloween consists of costumes, candy, horror movies and monsters. Things that s…

ISIS was one of the greatest terrorist threats to the Western world. Committing atrocity after atrocity in the middle east from beheadings to terror attacks across Europe, they represented a very real threat to Western society. The United States, in response to this danger, formed a coalitio…

“Ashley, I thought since I was no longer a first-year student I wouldn’t get homesick, however, I was so wrong. I haven’t seen my family since they moved me into my residence hall in August. I’m looking forward to seeing them over the short break we get in November but what are some ways to …

If you think about it, for most of us millennials, social media plays a big role in our everyday lives. We keep up with family and friends by scrolling through our Facebook timeline or liking their photos on Instagram. We faithfully dedicate ourselves to keeping up our “snap streaks” with ou…

As I’m sure everyone is aware of by now, the iconic Notre Dame of Paris tragically caught on fire last week, destroying the roof and toppling the spire. What could’ve been a tremendous loss of history and culture was averted thanks to the efforts of the many first responders who were able to…

“Hey Ashley, I know there are only a few weeks of school left but I can’t stay focused on my work when summer is on my mind. What are your best tips for finishing off the school year strong? I’m starting to get lost in my thoughts about my summer plans and it’s hindering on my assignments an…

Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer and navigator, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 from Spain in Santa Maria, hoping to find a new route to India. He’s credited for discovering the United States of America. For the next 400 years and onward, America would plague itself with ra…

"Hey, Ashley! It’s officially spring. However, with this weather lately I don’t know how to dress and still want be trendy...HELP! What are some spring trends that allow me to be fashionable but still be functional in this Valpo weather? Signed, Concerned Fashion Icon"

On Feb. 3, rapper 21 Savage was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE). According to sources, the rapper is formerly from the United Kingdom and has been living in the United States from an expired visa since age 12.

Take a second to look at the authority figures in your life. Go beyond just your parents. Think of your professors, your boss and even your coach. Notice how they’re alike and what they have in common.

It’s February, meaning you’re probably carrying a little post-holidays winter weight. This is normal and it happens to most people, so don’t feel like you’re alone.

Recently Netflix released a new series “Conversations With a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes.” The series gave detailed information about the life and death of Ted Bundy. The only problem with this series is they “glamorize” Bundy. Throughout all the tapes people, such as journalist Dan Sewell, desc…

If you have not tried a plant-based diet before, now is the time! Not only is it beneficial for your overall health but it is now easier than ever to make this lifestyle change. I fully believe eating a plant based diet is better for you and the environment.

Recently there has been talk about the government overturning Roe v. Wade, a court case in 1973 that made abortion legal in many circumstances. However, New York decided to avoid the potential overturn by establishing their own abortion law. Senate Majority Leader for New York Andrea Miller …

Last week, a relatively unknown politician gained the attention of the world in a matter of minutes when he directly challenged President Nicolas Maduro’s governing authority by announcing himself as Venezuela’s president in front of a seemingly endless crowd of Venezuelans. His name is Juan…

If you’ve been paying attention to political news or have been on Twitter recently, you likely haven’t missed some of January’s biggest stories. The first was the inevitable beginning of President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office, while the next seemed to bring about people’s wors…

In today’s age, society has adopted many unique ways for us to better ourselves without the help of others. The most striking outlet is self-help books, books that range from health, lifestyle, motivation and even mental health. I’m addressing self-help books because it seems like every time…

Going to college is often regarded as one of the most developmental periods of a person’s life. It’s where they develop connections and acquire knowledge and experiences that they will always reflect upon. One of the most important aspects of university is the social experience.

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…