The Parthenon

EDITORIAL: Fulfill the American right: go vote

October 9, 2018

The past two years have left the American people wondering how we got in this situation. The simple truth: we didn’t show up to vote. According to statistics collected by the U.S. Elections Project, only 58 percent of eligible voters showed up to the polls for the 2016 general election. In that sa...

I believe Christine Blasey Ford–and you should, too

I believe Christine Blasey Ford–and you should, too

Hannah Graham, Reporter

October 2, 2018

Checking social media this week has been a struggle for me. It seems like everybody and their grandmother has an opinion on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Ford's sexual assault allegations toward Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Smirl Meets World: Living with roommates

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

October 2, 2018

While I was growing up, my older sisters had both moved out of the house by the time I was four years old, so I pretty much lived as an only child. I had my own room, I usually had my parents’ undivided attention and help, and I never really had to worry about sharing my space or belongings. I realize...

EDITORIAL: Manchin should vote NO on Kavanaugh

October 2, 2018

The last several weeks in politics have been unprecedented, as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, battles against accusations of sexual assault from Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University. Ford claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party while...

Smirl Meets World: Navigating changing relationships

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

September 25, 2018

I’ve never been a big fan of change. When I get to a point in life where I am comfortable and happy with everything, I don’t want anything to cause that to change. Yet, starting college meant I had to become a lot more comfortable with things being uncomfortable for a little bit. Not only did most...

Letter to the Editor: Legislators must make food insecurity a priority

Seth DiStefano

September 25, 2018

As students at Marshall University, we’ve spent the past semester on a project to explore the ways hunger affects the greater Huntington area. Food insecurity is a major issue in Huntington, and the Food Research Action Center reports that West Virginia, as a state, has the third highest food hardship...

EDITORIAL: The United States has become a punchline

September 25, 2018

“We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World,” tweeted Donald Trump in 2014. “We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!” Four years later, the world literally laughed at him, as he addressed world leaders at the 73rd session of the United...

Smirl Meets World Part IV

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

September 19, 2018

So, last week I talked about how stressed out I was and what I did to alleviate some of that personal stress. You would think I would have cleared up some of that stress by now, but that seems to be the beauty of college: you’re never really done working on something at any point. Maybe over Winter...

EDITORIAL: The double standard of celebrity addiction

September 19, 2018

The death of rap legend and Pittsburgh native Mac Miller on Sept. 7 brought grief-stricken listeners from all over the world onto social media almost immediately, mourning the loss of yet another life. Miller, found dead of an apparent overdose, is just one more celebrity gone too soon, taken by the...

Media representation matters, even for redheads

Media representation matters, even for redheads

Amanda Larch, Copy Editor

September 19, 2018

Representation is important: there’s no doubt about that. From characters in television shows to elected officials, everyone can and should have someone they look up to that looks like them. I am a natural redhead, and sometimes I feel as though redheads are often overlooked. One of my biggest pet...

Smirl Meets World Part III

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

September 11, 2018

I will be the first to admit that I get stressed extremely easily, especially over school and homework. A lot of the time, my stress is unnecessary, and I get my work done and move on to the next item on my agenda to freak out over. Yet, there is the occasion where the stress just gets to be too much,...

LET ME BE FRANK: On Fruit Flies

LET ME BE FRANK: On Fruit Flies

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

September 11, 2018

In the past month, the house I live in has developed something of a fruit fly problem. It started small, but quickly my life was overrun with these horrible, ugly beasts. Our ceilings are decorated with fly strips dangling, our counters complete with store-bought insect repellants and traps. And one...