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A West Virginia college student just set the bar for millennials

Caitlin Grimes, Columnist
November 6, 2014
Filed under OPINION

This past Election Day was a day of firsts, especially for West Virginia. The state not only went completely red, but elected its first female senator, Shelly Moore Capito. The media just now caught up to another first that all of West Virginia should be interested in. That is the youngest law maker...

10 things no one ever told us about college

Bri Shelton, Columnist
November 6, 2014
Filed under OPINION

There are so many things people never told us about college. We knew walking into Marshall University the next chapter of our lives would be amazing, but many of us also found college to be a different setting from what we originally envisioned. Below is a list of things I wish I knew before starting...

Want to get elected to U.S. office? Claim your opponent is Obama.

Editorial
November 6, 2014
Filed under OPINION

While it is nice to think our fellow citizens don’t base their votes on the misinformation and twisted facts presented in political ads, this notion was, unfortunately, proved wrong in Tuesday’s election. It seems the most popular candidates across the country were Republicans, most of whom used...

Registration regret: A tale of caution when planning your course load

Taylor Stuck, Managing Editor
November 5, 2014
Filed under OPINION

As a freshman, when I came to orientation, I was surprised to find my schedule was already made for me. Thankful, but surprised. I was glad I didn’t have to worry about it and it was a pretty good schedule, but I didn’t expect that. I remember realizing I had to do it myself as my first semester...

Required voting probably not the best option

Editorial
November 5, 2014
Filed under OPINION

Millions of Americans headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections. CNN predictions claim only 40 percent of the voting age population, however, will have turned out this year, which brings up the question of how to increase the number of people who vote. For Australians...

An open response to Gary Welton: Bro, did you even college?

Megan Osborne, Life! Editor
November 3, 2014
Filed under OPINION

In Monday’s edition of The Parthenon, Mr. Welton’s column “A challenge to students: Be a full-time student” was published. I have a few disagreements with the content of the column. First of all, Mr. Welton said the “more mature” student will choose a school with a more difficult curriculum...

It’s Taylor Swift’s world, but she’s selling music

Editorial
November 3, 2014
Filed under OPINION

It’s Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re all just living in it. The current name on every timeline and Tumblr dashboard — other than Alex from Target, of course — Swift’s huge sale numbers for her fifth album “1989,” which released Oct. 27, have made her the subject of endless discussions...

Fighting the wrong battle

Editorial
November 2, 2014
Filed under OPINION

For many West Virginians, it feels like it is us against the world. “Where are you from?” “West Virginia.” “Oh! I have family near Richmond.” “No. WEST Virginia, the state. Not western Virginia.” Therefore, it’s exciting when our state gets national attention. Even if...

Mid-term election messaging toward millennials

Caitlin Grimes, Columnist
October 29, 2014
Filed under OPINION

The mid-term elections are less than a week away, and as time draws closer, the means of attracting the youth to their civic duty is becoming one of extreme controversy. This was first seen with the release of the College Republican National Committee’s “Say Yes to the Candidate” video. It has...

Body hair should not be a man’s world anymore

Editorial
October 29, 2014
Filed under OPINION

So-called “manly men” with their charmingly ungroomed beards and overall lumberjack-esque qualities are all the rage these days. However, women still can’t catch a break when it comes to ungroomed body hair. Most men (and, unfortunately, women) find body hair on a woman unattractive. We have...

Why are we ashamed to get down to this. sick. beat?

Editorial
October 28, 2014
Filed under OPINION

Unless you have been living buried under a rock with no Internet or media connection whatsoever, you know about the Monday release of Taylor Swift’s fifth album “1989.” Easily the strongest of her career, the album features a strictly pop sound, something new and unexpected from the typical country-pop...

The Burden of Thought

Geoffrey Foster, News Editor
October 27, 2014
Filed under OPINION

Save the planet. This slogan is everywhere these days, most prominently on the Internet, blasting its message across cyberspace. Save the planet. It is emblematic of the hubris many people see fit to endow upon themselves. The phrase should actually state: save ourselves. The planet does not need to...