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.
As we continue to celebrate the women in history that have paved the way for us in this world, I would like to take time out to shed light on what I feel like is one of the most underrated black women in our history. This week’s spotlight shines a light on the groundbreaking Madam CJ Walker,…
“Ashley, after hearing about you changing up what you’re going to talk about I’m very excited, I love that idea. I saw that you went on the immersion trip over spring break, what’s one concept or idea you took away from the experience?”
Apr. 4, 1928, the world was blessed with the birth of Maya Angelou. Born in St. Louis, MO, it wouldn’t take her long to start her career that would span over 50 years in poetry, music, film, and the Civil Rights Movement until her unfortunate death on May 28, 2014.
With the recent shift to online classes instead of face to face instruction comes a learning curve for students and professors.
“Hey Ashley, I noticed last year you wrote about spring fashion trends and was hoping you could do that again this year? Especially, with the weather finally getting warmer it would be so helpful to get insight on the upcoming spring trends.”
A lot of people, including myself, track their sleep, whether it be on a Fitbit, Apple Watch or another device. We might think it’s helpful to know our sleeping patterns, but it’s been proven that it’s actually not helpful at all.
It’s hard being a senior. For some people, they can’t wait to get out and get away from Indiana or just away from the responsibility that is school, but for others, this is a rather emotional time.
Veganuary is coming to a close and many may be left wondering if vegetarian or vegan diets truly are the healthiest way to go.
Imagine this: You’re going into the grocery store to get a few things. Milk, eggs and cheese. When you get to each item, you check the expiration date. But why?
Opinions are scary.
VU Should Abolish Visitation Policy
This article may contain spoilers about the current season of The Bachelor.
About a month ago, I finally caved to my friends peer pressure and downloaded Tik Tok. I’m not proud of it. However, while scrolling through the app I noticed a wide amount of videos addressing college majors.
I’ve been dating my boyfriend, David, for close to five years now. The winter of our freshman year in high school, he was put next to me in a class because he had been talking too much near his friend.
Valentine’s Day, the day of love that some people swoon over and some celebrate by eating chocolates alone in their bed. The opinions on this holiday vary drastically, but let’s first look at the history before we judge the nature of it.
Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark Holiday and that’s the truth; it doesn’t rhyme, but it gets the point across.
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker"
The worst movie I’ve ever seen is “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Somehow, every time I checked, there were 40 minutes left in the movie. I judged these categories on that basis.
“Ashley, I’m not entirely sure if this is a question, however, I’m looking for advice on how to beat the winter blues. I know I’m not the only one who starts to feel this way as the days get colder and more time is spent inside. I appreciate the advice, thanks!”
It’s clear to most people that in general, a journalist’s job is to provide the public with the most accurate and credible information as possible. However, in today’s unprecedented, tumultuous political sphere, there is a question as to how the media should handle this information - partic…
On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 Michelle Carter was released from jail three months early. Carter’s original sentence was only for fifteen months on the charge of involuntary manslaughter after she sent her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, texts encouraging him to commit suicide. She was released early due…
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship has been unconventional from the beginning. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have faced many trials together, going as far back as when they first started dating in late 2016.
This past week, the 2020 Oscar nominations were announced for the ceremony that will take place Feb. 9, and although some of the films created a highly anticipated buzz for award seasons, the Best Director category left out essential nominations: women.
There is no denying that the world of baseball was brought to a standstill with the MLB’s investigation into the accusation of the Houston Astros cheating with technology and winning in the 2017 World Series.
“Hey Ashley, Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but with the New Year I get worried about setting goals I may not achieve. I hope 2020 is a great year for myself academically and socially, but it is hard to know that when I can’t pinpoint my own goals yet. Do you have any advice going in…
On Jan. 1, breakout artist Megan Thee Stallion took to Twitter to post a photo of her celebration with R&B sensation Beyonce and 7-year-old-daughter, Blue Ivy. Unfortunately, journalists were all but praising the new-look Blue Ivy is sporting in the photo. The journalists have apologized…
“I’m not impartial about this at all,” Senator Mitch McConnell publicly said about the impending senate trial. I’m not suggesting that I expected Mitch McConnell to be completely favorable to the charges leveled by the House against the president; the majority leader has proven time and time…
“Ashley, I have a meal plan and primarily get my meals through on-campus dining options. But, I just realized my residence hall has a kitchen and I would love to try and cook some meals for myself. Do you have any easy, fast and on the go breakfast recipes you could share for a college student?”
Living in Northwest Indiana for the majority of my life, one would think I’ve adapted and enjoyed the snow. But here I am, writing a counter-argument explaining why snow isn’t that great.
I get it. The snow is inconvenient. It chills your bones, it freezes your fingers and it makes you slip in front of that girl you were trying to impress. But honestly? I think such a strong hatred of the snow is unjust.
I recently came across a news article that reported that Trump’s advisors have recommended changes to the National Parks system. Here’s my take on their suggestions; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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…
Over the past few weeks, the phrase “ok boomer” has been taking the internet by storm.
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.
Have I ever had a first hand interaction with a ghost? No. Do I still believe in their presence? Absolutely.
Given it is officially spooky season, us here at The Torch decided it was time to tackle a timeless debate: Are ghosts real?
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…
For most people, college is a time to find yourself and get out of your shell. This can mean finding a major you enjoy, joining a club you're interested in or making new friends.
“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 …
The United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has recently made comments suggesting the increase of class sizes, along with a decrease in the amount of teachers in schools, would be a beneficial move for the field of education.
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…