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While I tend to keep many of my opinions lighthearted and filled with quippy pop culture references, I wanted to write something a little different because something has been weighing on my heart. As I write this it is Dia de Finados, which is Brazil’s version of Day of the Dead.  

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My family consists of multiple veterans. This means that growing up, it was drilled into my head to see them as heroes and have nothing but respect for these men and women. I watched my dad walk up to veterans and shake their hand while thanking them for their service. My dad would tell me a…

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I work at a funeral home, so I know the ins and outs of the funeral industry. The most common form of postmortem care is cremation, probably because it's about one-fourth the cost of traditional burial. Though cremation is preferred by most, I don't want to leave this world in flames; I want…

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No matter how excited we are for Halloween to come, sometimes we let time get the better of us. Sometimes we forget to make or buy a Halloween costume and are looking for a quick fix. Here are some easy and inexpensive Halloween costume ideas for you to try this season.  

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when the season changes to fall, everyone’s statuses become “taken.” Cuffing season has officially begun and it makes me want to vomit. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but often cuffing season leads to FOMO, love bombing and the awkward g…

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Earlier this week a draft opinion from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was leaked. Essentially the ruling would overturn the previous rulings of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. It’s left the nation in a headspin and has sparked conversation on every social media platform. If …

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For a long time, I didn’t know what my future held. When I changed my major from education to communication, I went from knowing I’d be a teacher to not knowing where I’d be after graduation. Communication is a broad field, but it fits in well with journalism and I absolutely love building r…

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Big Pharma is a beast we all know and hate. They control every aspect of the drug market, especially prices. The price of drugs in the U.S. drives many families into financial ruin; with or without insurance.  

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When I first started at Emporia State, I was fresh-faced and ready to kick some ass. My family has a lot of history with the university, and I was so excited to be the next generation at ESU. After four years here though, I’ll be leaving this school burnt-out and angry.

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Last spring was awful for me. I was taking 18 credit hours, working 20 hours a week and we didn’t have our much-needed spring break. I also had several personal issues I was working through: my friendships were falling apart, I was suffering from a major writer’s block that had me questionin…

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This is the 52nd Earth Day; the first was in 1970 after a Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, watched an anti-war protest cause an oil spill. April 22 was chosen because it's between spring break and finals which means students would be in schools to learn about their environment. 

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From the small age of 11, I remember being objectified in a sexual manner. I started filling out and stepping into a more mature body earlier than some of my peers and that changed the way I navigated the world for the rest of my life. I’d be told many times that what I was wearing was inapp…

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As I shuffle through the pages of a classic like “Lord of the Rings,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, the smell of the old pages and ink fill my nose. Nostalgia fills my heart as I’m reminded of growing up, with my mom reading entire series to the family in the living room. 

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The student loan debt in the United States has grown to be over 1.6 trillion dollars with 43.3 million loan borrowers and the average loan debt of an individual is $37,113, according to the Education Data Initiative. At Emporia State, many students get sent to debt collectors each year. In 2…

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Something that has plagued and will continue to plague society is the oversimplification of a person or group. Stereotypes are a dangerous and harmful weapon against others’ and unfortunately, I often see this used against me as a fraternity man. 

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As we come back from spring break and yet again get in the groove of things, some might feel more exhausted than before the break started. We are three-quarters of the way done with this academic year and while that’s encouraging it’s also been long.  

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I got an email from Netflix saying they want more money and there’s nothing new to watch. I think we’re done here. 

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College can be a daunting thing for many. It’s their first time out on their own in a potentially unfamiliar environment. It can be extremely easy to succumb to the collegiate pressures that can damage one’s mental health. 

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It was March 25, 2020, I was lying in bed and woke up to a bombardment of notifications on my phone from Dad, Ryan, Cole, Residential Life, my professors and more. Mildly anxious, I open my email from Residential Life wondering if someone died. Due to COVID-19, a stay-at-home order had been …

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All schools in Kansas closed for the rest of the academic school year on March 17th, 2020. It was supposed to be an extended spring break because the coronavirus pandemic had hit the United States, but at this point Gov. Kelly decided it was the safest option to just shut down. 

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I remember leaving for spring break in March 2020 all ready to move back into my own dorm room. I had had a “Halfmester” student for a roommate, so I was supposed to have the room to myself when I came back. I had also joined Rat Lab and was so excited to train mine, Lola, for the Rat Olympics. 

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As Kansans, we are used to being asked ‘Are you a University of Kansas (KU) or Kansas State University (K-State) fan?’ Personally, I grew up watching my father chant and yell for KU and watched him care about the careers and skills of specific athletes.

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I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In fact, there is a picture of me by the lake from when I was about 7 years old, with a notebook propped up on my arm and a pencil in my hand.

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Children are missing out, adults are missing out, and humanity as a whole is missing out. We’ve been living through the COVID-19 pandemic for almost three years now. Realistically, we are never going to be able to get this time back.

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My dad’s love language toward others is without a doubt acts of service and giving gifts, so as you can imagine Valentine’s Day is right up his alley. We would always come out of our rooms on the morning of Valentine’s and see the table covered in chocolates, cards, flowers and anything else…

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It’s the first day of school and you sleepily roll out of bed because despite telling yourself that you’d fix your sleep schedule, you stayed up until 2 a.m. binge-watching “Euphoria.” You dig through your completely full closet trying to find something to wear and decide nothing will do, bu…

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In a constant uphill battle, transgender athletes must fight to simply exist in the same playing field as cisgender athletes. In recent news, transgender swimmer Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania (Penn) State University has been criticized for having a “genetic advantage” over other swimmers in her…

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President Hush, we’re excited to have you take over as interim president. It will be great to have an alumnus join our campus until the position is filled permanently.

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She was a cheerleader. He was a basketball player. Nearly 60 years ago, these two people met on the Kansas State Teachers College campus. Little did they know then that their future son-in-law and granddaughter would end up choosing the same college, now known as Emporia State University.

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It seems that a yearly debate takes place in October over whether or not teenagers can go trick or treating. There is an awkward stage where people around nine to fifteen are not socially acceptable to go trick or treating, but they are not old enough to party like (of age) college students.…

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Having lived here in Kansas all my life, I always try my best to embrace all the American traditions. One American holiday that, no matter who tries to talk me out of it, I’ll always love, is Halloween. 

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The excitement for Halloween has been building since Oct. 1, and for some, even earlier. As we reach the peak of October, there’s a yearly conversation that still needs to be had: Don’t culturally appropriate. Don’t do blackface.

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As we near Fall Break, I can feel the sense of relief from both students and faculty across campus. We’ve all been going nonstop since August, and quite frankly, I’m burnt out.

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For me, suicide is a touchy subject. I’ve been able to support many friends through rough patches, and thankfully, to this day, they are still living. I believe that everyone has a right to live, and while it may not seem that way if times are tough, that just means you haven’t found the rea…

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As I enter my last year at Emporia State, there are a lot of things I’ll be leaving unfinished—Stories I haven’t told, people I haven’t met, opportunities I’ve missed, photos I haven’t taken and so much more. It is my hope though, that to at least some, I’ve made a positive impact.

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This past summer, my family recently found out that my grandpa has cancer. For this reason, I have moved online this semester.

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