The Parthenon

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...

Smirl Meets World: A Column Series by Rileigh Smirl

Smirl Meets World: A Column Series by Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl, Columnist

August 28, 2018


Filed under COLUMN

I’m Rileigh Smirl. I’m a journalism major pursuing minors in English, Spanish and political science, I listen to musicals more than any person probably should, I have a podcast, and, most importantly, I’m a freshman. Now, at this point you’re probably wondering, “What is a freshman doing in...

EDITORIAL: The poetic tragedy of John McCain’s death

August 28, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When news broke that longtime U.S. senator and twice presdential candidate John McCain died from his battle with brain cancer, the nation was stunned. This was a man who epitomized the American ideal of a patriot: a decorated war hero who spent decades of his life as a public servant. The Arizona republican...

EDITORIAL: Preparing for the Fall semester

EDITORIAL: Preparing for the Fall semester

August 7, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In just a couple of weeks, campus will be buzzing. Parking will be scarce, the student center packed, and student groups on the move in a mad dash to recruit. The energy of a new semester is always exciting—new classes, new professors, fresh optimism. It’s certainly a stark contrasat from finals...

LET ME BE FRANK: On Modern Romance

LET ME BE FRANK: On Modern Romance

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

August 7, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

The other day I had the opportunity to sit down and have coffee with a couple married nearly 40 years. I was interested in their story for the fact that it was a story of two strangers who met face-to-face, who initiated conversation while standing in line or sitting next to each other in class. Go...

LET ME BE FRANK: On Summer Blues

LET ME BE FRANK: On Summer Blues

Franklin Norton, Managing Editor

July 24, 2018


Filed under COLUMN, OPINION

A few days ago I was sitting in my barber’s chair, where we complained about the heat. I told him I hated summer, to which he said, “Well, I wouldn’t go that far.” Summer is so many peoples’ favorite season, but I dread the sweaty, long months. For me summer is a period filled with unsteadiness...