The Parthenon

SMIRL MEETS WORLD: Coping with change

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

March 20, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

It seems as if one of the most stressful times to be a college student has arrived yet again. I feel like it wasn’t more than a month ago that I was preparing for the midterms of last semester while also trying to figure out how to create a schedule on my own for the very first time. Now, I’m struggling...

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Starting a record collection

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Starting a record collection

Amanda Larch, Managing Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

I’ve been collecting vinyl records since I was in seventh grade. It started when my appreciation for The Beatles exploded into full-on obsession. My parents had a respectable vinyl collection, which included a George Harrison solo album from the 80s. My memory is a little fuzzy, but I’m certain the...

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Stevie Nicks and the Hall of Fame

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Stevie Nicks and the Hall of Fame

Amanda Larch, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

This semester, I’ve been learning a lot about powerful, strong and influential women. From Egyptian rulers Hatshepsut and Nefertiti, to women comedians striving to change the male-dominated comedy scene, female empowerment has definitely felt like an ongoing theme this semester for me. As much as I...

Gun regulations on campus do not restrict my rights

Gun regulations on campus do not restrict my rights

Hanna Pennington, LIFE! Editor

March 5, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION, Showcase

Guns do not belong on campus. I say that as someone who is not against the concept of owning a firearm. I say that as a woman who owns a pistol and as someone who takes advantage of my right to carry a concealed firearm nearly every day. I am no stranger to feeling uncomfortable or vulnerable in a public place...

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Amanda Larch, Managing Editor

February 19, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is one of my absolute favorite comedic television shows. If you’re unfamiliar with this Netflix original series, I’ll give a brief synopsis. If you are familiar, please don’t get bored and quit reading. The show centers around Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was kidnapped...

SMIRL MEETS WORLD: Changing Plans

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

January 29, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

I was lucky in high school. Most of my peers had no clue what they wanted to study in college or what careers they dreamt of having. I knew from the time I was in my sophomore year that I wanted to create online content; whether that consisted of news or videos or a combination of both, I knew that’s...

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Greta Van Fleet

GINGER’S GUIDE TO: Greta Van Fleet

Amanda Larch, Managing Editor

January 29, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

With their recent performance on “Saturday Night Live,” the rock band Greta Van Fleet has been receiving a lot of buzz and attention. From comments on Rolling Stone magazine’s article about the performance, though, you would think the band tanked and sounded terrible. I have never seen so many...

It’s (still) a wonderful life

Amanda Larch, Managing Editor

January 22, 2019


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

Growing up, I thought Donna Reed was the most beautiful woman and Jimmy Stewart was the most handsome man in the world. I thought the pair of them, their characters George and Mary Bailey, made the best couple in my favorite movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” They were two genuinely good people. Or...

Goodbye, Marshall. From Rick Farlow

Goodbye, Marshall. From Rick Farlow

Rick Farlow, Sports Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

One of the first things I did when I came to Marshall as a freshman in 2014 was walk into the Parthenon newsroom and inquire about a position with the student-produced newspaper.  Armed with a year-and-a-half of experience with my high school newspaper, I thought I’d be writing stories for pub...

Farewell from Executive Editor Sadie Helmick

Farewell from Executive Editor Sadie Helmick

Sadie Helmick, Executive Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

In 2012, I met a group of nursing students from Marshall in Tegucigalpa, Honduras during my first trip to Honduras, a place that changed the course of my life After meeting familiar faces in a strange place that I came to love, I told myself that I would attend Marshall as a nursing student so I could...

LET ME BE FRANK: One Last Time

LET ME BE FRANK: One Last Time

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

As my undergraduate career at Marshall University comes to a close, I pause to reflect on the few years I've spent as a student here. The experiences I've had, the relationships I've formed and the lessons I've learned have all worked to shape me into the person I am today.  Almost two years ago, I started out as a reporter...

My Melanin is NOT your makeup

My Melanin is NOT your makeup

Lillie Bodie, Reporter

November 27, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

The Kardashian phenomenon in the rise of the social media hits the peak of white civilization wanting to inject their bodies and darken their skin. In the grand scheme these characterizations assemble the natural elements of an African-American woman. Though these women may want to appear as an African-American,...