The Parthenon

EDITORIAL: The United States has become a punchline

September 25, 2018


Filed under OPINION

“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


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

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


Filed under OPINION

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


Filed under OPINION

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


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

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


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

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...

EDITORIAL: Woodward and Trump and the fight for truth

September 11, 2018


Filed under OPINION

With each day that passes, there seems to be some new, outlandish news coming out of The White House. Michael Wolf’s book, “Fire and Fury,” was the first to take a crack at the Trump administration, although the book has been widely questioned as an embellishment. Former Trump staffer, Omarosa...

Smirl Meets World: Finding your people

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

September 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

This week was a very special one for me, because I finally turned 18! Most people celebrate this “official” start to adulthood in their senior year of high school, but not me. As well as being what is normally referred to as a significant birthday because of my now legal ability to buy lottery tickets...

LET ME BE FRANK: On Sundays

LET ME BE FRANK: On Sundays

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

I was sitting in a downtown coffee shop Sunday morning, taking some time to read before I walked over to my church. One interaction I observed between strangers led me to write it down on the nearest napkin: man gave up his seat for a couple of friends. This wasn’t what struck me. What impacted me...

Kaepernick, Nike and patriotism

September 4, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The NFL has been the topic of debate over its last couple of seasons, as the league’s players began kneeling during the national anthem, an act of protest against police brutality and racial inequality. The movement started in 2016 with then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As more...

Letter to the Editor: Should Marshall University rename Jenkins Hall?

Letter to the Editor: Should Marshall University rename Jenkins Hall?

Chris Hodge, Contributor

August 30, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Did you know that Marshall University's Jenkins Hall was named in honor of Confederate Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins? Did you know that prior to the Civil War, Albert G. Jenkins owned Green Bottom, one of the largest and most brutal slave plantations in West Virginia? Did you know that...

LET ME BE FRANK: On CrossFit

LET ME BE FRANK: On CrossFit

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

A year ago, one of my best friends and roommates mentioned that he was thinking about joining a local CrossFit. My eyes rolled back into my head and I mocked him relentlessly. CrossFit was for a bunch of protein-powder-eating, muscle-shirt-wearing, weight-tossing jerks. A year later, and here I am, one...